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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Muscat

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

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  • Leon Beyer

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

  • Albert Mann

    The birth of the Domaine Albert Mann is the fruit of the joint efforts of two big viticultural fa...

  • Lucien Albrecht

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

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

  • Louis Sipp

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

  • Domaine Zind-humbrecht

    The annual cycle of work, parallel with cycle of nature, consists of a number of interventions...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Vin d'Alsace A.Zirnhelt Gewurztraminer 2009


    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from a shop in North London that was closing down. Alsace is an AOC producing mainly white wines in the east of France by the German border.Indeed,at some periods of history it was part of Germany and therefore the wines are not dissimilar to those on the other side of the Rhine. AOC rules dictate a tall thin ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Pinot Bianco Terlan 1966


    Clean and bright with dried citrus aromas that are rather fruity on the nose! This shows a lovely texture on the palate. A bit simple and a bit spicy, yet with great energy to the quince and tart apple fruit. It gains some breadth on the palate but remains a bit lean offering a delicate yet intense feel rich with river stone and steel accents fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Terlan Pinot Bianco "Rarity" 1979


    Stony on the nose with aromas of white peach, white flowers, and a hint of dusty, peppery spice. Bright and gorgeous on entry with notes of candied apricot, waxy fruit, and nectarine skin. This is a touch more rustic on the palate, showing a bit of astringency, but at the same time it exhibits such purity of fruit and a long, remarkably clear f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Pierre Sparr Alsace One 2010


    Middle of the road - went well with Mexican food. Not much in terms of distinctive aromas. Light on the palate, medium acidity. No long finish. Read More

    Wine review by icbang

  • Antinori Tignanello 2010


    I was very delighted by the Deep Color and rich nose on first spill. ** The wine seemed to be enjoyed from the bottle but was asked to be decanted-. I am sure the wine became richer by the moment. Deep and ready to drink now. Enjoy. Mille Gratis Antinori Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Rieflé Alsace Bonheur Convivial Pinot Gris 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • I've tasted an entry level Turgy product and really liked it for the money. ... variants of Cremant d'Alsace are an easy recommendation.&nbs Read More

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  • Pfaffenheims Alsace Grand Cru Steinert Gewürztraminer 2009


    A huge, juicy gewürztraminer!!! Intensely fragarent nose that explodes with notes of lychee, white flowers, and slight notes of banana. More of the same on the palate - a rich tropical fruit cocktail. Good acidity. Dry to off dry - sweeter and fuller bodied than the crisper, cool climate, new world gewürztraminer to which I'm more accustomed. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Hugel et Fils Sylvaner Alsace Aoc 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Gustave Lorentz Cremant d'Alsace NV


    Fruity and bright with pear and apple fruit topped with a hint of clay and quinine and a touch of sweet gum. Moderately sweet on entry though with great acids keeping things fresh in the mouth. Simple and easy going with sweet yellow apple fruit. The RS here really adds some weight on the palate. Mousse dissipate fairly quickly. easy, fresh swee... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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