Alsace Wine

This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascinating combination of French and German influence. It has been fought over by the two countries for hundreds of years, becoming French after the Thirty Years’ War, German after the Franco-Prussian War, French again after WWI, German during WWII, and finally, French afterward. Its system of Grands Crus can be confusing, and this is in part because Alsace, having been under German rule for a time, did not catch up with the AC system until 1962.


Both German and French grapes can be found here. There is German Riesling and Gewurztraminer, as well as French Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Other varieties include Sylvaner, Chasselas, Auxerrois, and Pinot Noir. Alsace is best known for making rich, dry white wines, though a few reds from Pinot Noir are made as well. The wines are usually varietal wines labeled as such, though field blends exist as well. Alsatian cremants and dessert wines can be excellent as Read more »

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Craig Donofrio

Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

    Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss exists on that intriguing fault line between deeply traditional and the...

  • Dopff & Irion

    Clustered around Riquewihr, the 27 hectare vineyard worked by Dopff & Irion is extremely well sit...

  • Lucien Albrecht

    The history of the Albrecht family as winegrowers can be traced back to 1425 with Romanu Albrecht...

  • Dirler-Cade

    The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, ne...

  • Louis Sipp

    Louis SIPP began his family's involvement in wine growing at the end of the First World War. L...

  • Leon Beyer

    The Beyer family have been wine-growers in Eguisheim, the cradle of the Alsace wine-producing reg...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Pfaff Pinot Gris Tradition 2013

    Snoothrank:

    The Pfaff Pinot Gris is a worthy quaff - especially if you are eating shellfish or light meat entrees. It is off-dry, with an apricot nose and slightly confit-oriented apricot-peach flavour dominating the entry. Good summer sipper that won a gold medal in 2014. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Have to say that the majority of the PG we had in Alsace was really good, unfortunately, I haven't found any of those here in the States. Checking my tasting notes we have had some fairly decent Gris from Willamette and since we'll be there for the week of the 4th, we can do some more in depth analysis. I have also had a Balletto and an Arista f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?


  • The Alto Adige is where I was talking about having had good pinot grigio ... ... rose made from pinot gris in Alsace, though I don't know why I haven't hunted one down before.Here's a bottle of oeil de perdrix:And here's a bottle of ramato where you can see the more burnished tinge, though there are definitely ramatos that are pinker than this... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?


  • Haven't read Mike's blogpiece yet, but am with you OT, and my response ... however, exist. Good ones in Alsace, and further north towards the Alps in Italy, so it seems to need cooler climes. The mass-produced plonk you see in too many places starting with the Veneto is truly yawnworth Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?


  • Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurztraminer 2014

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    This Hunawihr Gewurztraminer is very tasty; an off-dry, apple-cinnamon flavoured quaff with a very noticeable scent of (wild) rosewater. Very easy drinking and one of the few wines I would recommend with most San Francisco-style Chinese, Thai and even Sushi (sans wasabi). Worth seeking out for the price 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Schlumberger Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris 'Les Princes Abbes' France 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • It may have been a case where you only get a few choices:  CheesePepperoniSausageOnions & PepperAll these are pre-made and refrigerated.  A robot grabs the one you select, nukes it and puts it in the slot for you to take.Or, maybe there's a man behind a curtain.  Ignore him. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • No 'onion tarts' in the restaurants? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • DM, lots and lots of tarte flambee to be had.  Just about every Alsatian restaurant had it on the menu and we enjoyed quite a few variations during our trip. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • Emark, I wanted to but we saw that dispensing machine when we were on a tour. We didn't see any others on our walks. I'm very curious to know if you can specify toppings, crust and cheese or if you just get what they have queued up.DM, the small towns were definitely a pleasure to stroll through. We passedthrough Riquewihr but didn't stop. We di... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


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