New Vintage chez Barmès-Buecher and Zind-Humbrecht

It’s spring in Alsace: time to go tasting the new vintage!

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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.

Millésimes Alsace

Ça bouge en Alsace…Alsace’s finest wines are taking their place once more amongst the world’s finest whites. If you’ve missed out on this ongoing transformation, it could be time for a revisit

Millésimes Alsace

For ages I puzzled over the fact that Alsace’s annual Foire aux Vins in Colmar seemed to have remarkably little to do with wine. I remember commenting on this to Etienne Hugel a few years ago. He confirmed, with his trademark grin, that if you wanted to buy a tractor, or a mattress, or a ticket for… Continue reading Millésimes Alsace

Alsace Wine & Food Lover’s Guide

My personal Top Ten restaurants for Alsace food and wine travellers

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

Three Kings in Lörrach

At a recent tasting over lunch in the cosy dining room of award-winning wine grower Hanspeter Ziereisen in Efringen-Kirchen (research – honest – for my upcoming wine travel piece for Decanter), the talk turned (as is its wont) to what’s cooking in this southwestern corner of Germany, close to the Swiss border. Between us we… Continue reading Three Kings in Lörrach