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.

Maison F. E. Trimbach, Ribeauvillé

The Trimbach family and their distinctive timbered and turreted property seem so firmly anchored in Ribeauvillé that it’s easy to suppose they must have been here for ever. The celebrated dynasty has indeed been based in Alsace for centuries: the first Jean Trimbach came originally from the eponymous town in Switzerland, arriving at the beginning… Continue reading Maison F. E. Trimbach, Ribeauvillé

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

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

Riesling has its day – Millésimes 2012

It’s always been a surprise to me (and plenty of others) that Alsace has never had a first-class wine salon of its own – the kind of forum that serves as a showcase for the region’s finest. Yesterday, with the first edition of Millésimes Alsace,  that changed. The day was titled La Journée du Riesling and featured… Continue reading Riesling has its day – Millésimes 2012