Bring on the Bas-Rhin: Mochel, Mélanie & Co.

Overlook the northerly Bas-Rhin vineyards at your peril: there are some great growers producing fine wines, well worth exploring

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Harvest in Alsace: Dirler-Cadé, Zusslin, Martin Schaetzel by Kirrenbourg, Bott-Geyl & Jean-Marc Bernhard

Harvest time is hardly the right time to visit winegrowers in Alsace – but we did it anyway and got a great welcome…

Oenothèque Alsace: 10th Anniversary

Sylvaner revisited, what does terroir taste like in the bottle, can top Alsace wines stand up to white Burgundy, are cult wines worth it and related questions: Thierry Meyer’s most recent masterclass/tutored tasting of selected Alsace wines raided from his Oeonothèque.

Domaine Agapé, Riquewihr

Vincent Sipp left the family winery Sipp-Mack in Hunawihr in 2007 and set up shop on his own at Domaine Agapé on the edge of the village of Riquewihr. According to my dictionary, the word agape means variously: ‘a state of wonder or amazement’, or ‘love’ or even ‘a meal celebrated as a sign of… Continue reading Domaine Agapé, Riquewihr

Katzenthal – ever heard of it?

Katzenthal is an unassuming little Alsace vineyard village tucked away in the foothills of the Vosges. It’s not exactly on anyone’s beaten track and you have to mean to go there. Most people miss it, thundering by on the main road to Kaysersberg (for a tasting at Madame Faller et ses Filles perhaps?) or heading… Continue reading Katzenthal – ever heard of it?

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