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4 Reasons Why Alsace Rocks

4 Reasons Why Alsace Rocks

Alsace (say it with us: ah-ZAHS) is a predominantly white wine region in the Rhine River Valley in northeastern France, with Germany and Switzerland for neighbors. Throughout this 10-mile-wide, 80-mile-long strip you’ll find aromatic whites at the ready, including the fab five: your dry Riesling, spicy Gewurztraminer, the always easy-to-drink Pinot Blanc, earthy Pinot Gris, […]

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Style Guide: The World’s Best Places for Growing Riesling

Style Guide: The World’s Best Places for Growing Riesling

There’s an interesting dichotomy when it comes to German Riesling. In the 1980s, the once-fashionable wine fell out of favor with international consumers after well-known producers started over-cultivating vineyards and over-seasoning wines with residual sugar. It wasn’t long before the off-dry style became synonymous with poor-quality plonk. Yet it is exactly this residual sugar that […]

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We Asked Four Sommeliers: Why Do You Reach for Wines From Alsace?

We Asked Four Sommeliers: Why Do You Reach for Wines From Alsace?

When French wine comes to mind, for most we immediately are transfixed by the regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, or even Champagne. These wines of high value (with even higher price tags) have been revered for their storied pasts and inimitable character. But for those looking for an adventure unlike any other, tucked away in the […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Riesling from Alsace

An Illustrated Guide to Riesling from Alsace

Those who think of Riesling as light, delicate, and sweet have probably never experienced the Rieslings of Alsace. A sunny, dry region located on France’s border with Germany, Alsace is known for white wines. Its Rieslings often marry the opulence of all that sunshine with taut acidity and intense minerality. While some Alsatian Rieslings have […]

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Review: Trimbach Gewürztraminer 2013

Review: Trimbach Gewürztraminer 2013

We know what you’re thinking: What the heck is Gewürztraminer,  anyway, and how in God’s name do you pronounce it? Gewürztraminer, pronounced Geh-vurtz-trah-meen-ur, is a highly aromatic white grape varietal that predominantly thrives in cooler regions. The grape has pink skin and is naturally high in sugar, which gives the wines their signature lychee and […]

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