Vendanges 2012 chez Zusslin, Alsace

It’s been a tricky year for Alsace wine growers, confirms Jean-Paul Zusslin of Domaine Zusslin in Orschwihr – drought in winter and spring, bitter cold alternating with deluging rain, heatwaves and more monsoon rains. Growing grapes and making wine is a challenge at the best of times, in the best of years; this year’s been… Continue reading Vendanges 2012 chez Zusslin, Alsace

Is the Auberge de l’Ill Over the Hill?

Plenty of people in Alsace – myself included – have a sort of emotional investment in the Auberge de l’Ill. It’s there, within easy reach, for when we feel a birthday or an anniversary celebration coming on, or just for a classy, companionable lunch. It’s a bit like having a much-loved Granny nearby. She lives… Continue reading Is the Auberge de l’Ill Over the Hill?

An Autumn Walk in Alsace’s Vineyards

Lonely Planet recently singled out Alsace as one of its top ten must-visit destinations  –  but autumn is the best time for a walk in the vineyards, which are busy bursting into glorious shades of red, yellow and orange. Down in the villages, promising smells of newly fermenting must are busy fighting it out with… Continue reading An Autumn Walk in Alsace’s Vineyards

Domaine Rieffel, Mittelbergheim, Alsace

I first came across Rieffel wines when visiting the domaine together with a group of UK wine writers in 2007, and haven’t looked back since. Whenever I’m up in the Bas-Rhin – as happened this week –  I make a point of looking in on this prime 10-hectare domaine in the beautiful village of Mittelbergheim… Continue reading Domaine Rieffel, Mittelbergheim, Alsace

Tarte aux pommes à l’alsacienne

Great to be reminded of Laurence Faller’s classic apple tart à l’alsacienne, after a tasting in the kitchen (copper pans, wood-fired oven, big oak refectory table) at Domaine Weinbach in Kaysersberg earlier this week. Laurence uses big burnished Boskoop cooking apples that keep their shape after baking. You can use any good dessert apple (Cox’s… Continue reading Tarte aux pommes à l’alsacienne