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Great times tasting in Alsace, with top sommeliers and cheesemakers among others

Posted by panoskakaviatos, May 9, 2013.

Here a video of my visit to a tasting of the wines of Albert Mann, with tasters from all around the world, professionals and sommeliers including celebrated cheese maker Bernard Antony. I really liked the Rieslings at Albert Mann most. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMlK...

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Reply by Point of Departure, Oct 15, 2013.

Alsace region was one of the best memories of my Uniworld Wine River Cruise on the Castles Along the Rhine  

The three major cities of Alsace are Strasbourg, Colmar and Mulhouse. Outside of these cities, the region is very rural, with lots of small villages, vineyards, and castles to visit

Saverne is on a mountain pass on the border with the region of Lorraine, and it is noted for the Chateau des Rohans, constructed in Neoclassic style at the end of the 18th century.

Selestat is a town of traditional Alsace buildings and interesting churches. It is on the Route des Vins (the Alsace Wine Route, see below) and a good base for exploring the Castle at Haut Koenigsbourg.

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 26.

Found this thread while doing some research for our upcoming trip. We'll be spending a week in Alsace, staying in Colmar and doing day trips out and about. We'll be travelling with two other couples, two days are going to be dedicated solely to wine exploration. I've hired a tours by locals guide early on and am planning a 2nd day exploring wineries on our own. As usual, I have a very long list of wineries to visit, but I've pared it down to some big names and some family owned places. Any insights would be appreciated! As usual, I'll be reporting back as often as the Wifi connections allow. 

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Reply by dmcker, May 26.

So why Colmar as opposed to, say, Riquewihr? Where else are you going during the trip, and what proportion is aimed towards wine?

If budget allows you should book a lunch or dinner at L'Auberge de L'Ill, in Illhausern, Alsace. A couple of Michelin stars:  http://www.auberge-de-l-ill.com/V2/... .  Best winelist of Alsatian choices I can remember seeing anywhere.

 

 

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Reply by JonDerry, May 26.

For a sec, I thought Panos was back here posting. Can recall him posting Burgundy trip reports just before the region started to catch fire on WB.

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 27.

DM, I chose Alsace, the CFO did some more research and Colmar seemed very nice, centrally located and big enough to have plenty of amenities. We're going with two other couples so we'll be doing a lot of exploring as well as two days of wine-centric activities. We've contracted with a tours by locals guide to take us around on Sunday with visits to four wineries. We figure he'll be able to get us in some smaller hard to get in places and also be good to glean advice from for the remainder of the week. For Thursday, I've got appointments at the following: Trimbach, Paul Blanck, Josmeyer, Valentin Zusslin. We'll see what the rest of the folks think about L'Auberge de L'Ill, looks awesome but a bit pricey.

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Reply by dmcker, May 27.

My first five would be:

  1. Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
  2. Maison Trimbach
  3. Hugel & Fils
  4. Domaine Weinbach
  5. The two branches of the Beyer family, Emile Beyer and Leon Beyer

The first three are essential, having been the prestige of the region for generations, and the maison that built the Alsatian rep as much as all the other houses combined. The fourth is a nice change of pace and good to see how they match with food (and I do like their Gewurtz). The fifth have long history, too, but have traditionally been competing at the lower end of the market with very good QPR for their very dry wines--fun to see the complicated family history and how they compete with each other, as well.

Josmeyer (they built their name because of contracts to the French Navy, thus being carried around the world as the equivalent of 'grog', though they're certainly more than that), Zusslin (though I do like their Cremant d'Alsace) et al. would come after.

As an interesting change of pace you could also pop into Distillerie Miclo. They make some particularly interesting eau de vie. And don't forget to try plenty of local cuisine, including charcuterie, tarte flambee and even Munster cheese. Not sure how you guys intend to move around, but you might take another look at Riquewihr as a place to stay. Even more romantic than Colmar (though the auberge part of L'Auberge de L'Ill was also pretty romantic).  ;-)

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Reply by rckr1951, May 27.

DMCKER - Have limited exposure to no's. 1 & 4 but I love both 2 &3.  Now I have to do wine seacher thing for #5.  I thank you, my wife - TBD.  Paul


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