Pique-Nique chez le Vigneron, Whit Weekend

In many of France’s wine-growing regions, Whit Weekend (Pentecote in French, Pfingsten in German) is the moment when many of the smaller, independent wine growers sweep out courtyards and cellars, dust off trestle tables and benches and throw open the gates to the public. It’s time for the annual Pique-Nique chez le Vigneron. Loads of… Continue reading Pique-Nique chez le Vigneron, Whit Weekend

Domaine Paul Blanck, Kientzheim

Here’s the first of what I hope will be loads of posts on Alsace Wine Travel. I’m in the process of updating my Alsace sections for Wine Travel Guides, a pleasurable task that I fit in around general writing, travel and food assignments and one that will be spilling out onto these pages. To explain… Continue reading Domaine Paul Blanck, Kientzheim

Alsace Wines – Dry, Off-dry, Semi-sweet or Sweet?

Zat is ze question…and one that was debated at length yesterday at a conference put on by the Lycée Viticole in Rouffach entitled Grands Blancs d’Alsace: vins secs? Mythe ou nécessité? If you’ve ever been faced by a range of Alsace wines – in a wine maker’s cellar, on a supermarket shelf, on a wine… Continue reading Alsace Wines – Dry, Off-dry, Semi-sweet or Sweet?

Matchmaking in Alsace – Riesling with food

Towards the end of November each year, Thierry Meyer of Oenothèque Alsace plunges down into his cellar in Strasbourg to emerge with armfuls of trusty, dusty bottles. At the same time, chef Jean-Philippe Guggenbuhl starts leafing through his recipe books at La Taverne Alsacienne in Ingersheim near Colmar. Together they come up with a spectacular… Continue reading Matchmaking in Alsace – Riesling with food