Video: the vineyards of Alsace

I have just written up the first part of my June trip to Alsace, which you can find here.

There’s also a short film, giving a glimpse of this beautiful region. This is concentrating on the vineyards around the pretty village of Kientzheim:

Visiting Weinbach and Hugel, and lunch with Bott-Geyl

Catherine Faller of Weinbach

Day 2 in Alsace was a busy one, beginning with an appointment at Weinbach. The Fallers – Colette and her daughters Catherine and Laurence – have developed an enviable reputation for this estate, which was a monastery until the French Revolution.

Grand Cru Schlossberg

It was acquired by Catherine’s grandfather in 1898, [...]

A great Alsace wine dinner at La Nouvelle Auberge

Arrived late in Alsace last night because of a delayed flight, so it was straight off to dinner – one that I’d been looking forward to for some time.

It was held at La Nouvelle Auberge in Wihr au Val, which is run by Bernard Leray (originally from Brittany) and his wife Martine (from Alsace). The [...]

Two lovely Rieslings, Alsace and Austria

Two happy hunting grounds for Riesling: Alsace and Austria.

These bottles satisfied, the Trimbach for its purity and freshness, and the Stadt Krems for its depth of flavour and richness of texture. Both are affordable (I bought the Austrian for £10 a few years back, and the Trimbach is similarly priced), but deliver the sort of quality [...]

Alsace, the final day, with Josmeyer and Dirler-Cade

Celine Meyer, Josmeyer

Just two appointments on my last day in Alsace, but they were very good ones. First, Josymeyer, with Celine Meyer, managing director. Her sister Isabelle is the winemaker, and the style here tends to dryness and precision.

The Riesling Kottabe 2009 is the value pick here, but in terms of absolute quality, the [...]

Zind Humbrecht and Albert Boxler

Two star Alsace producers visited this morning. One famous (deservedly so), the other less high profile but making some of the region’s best wines.

First up, Domaine Zind Humbrecht in Turckheim. It’s a relatively large, modern, yet unassuming winery in the middle of the flat Herrenweg vineyard on the outskirts of Turckheim. We met with Olivier [...]

A day in the Alsace vineyards

Looking to the Schlossberg vineyard

Today has been fabulous. I’m lucky to be travelling with some excellent companions: David Williams, Susy Atkins, Hamish Anderson and Emma Wellings. They are unlucky to be lumped with me.

We set off early for the impossibly beautiful village of Kientzheim, where Domaine Paul Blanck is located. I’m told that by [...]

In Alsace, my first visit

Very excited to be visiting Alsace for the first time. I haven’t been writing full-time about wine for all that long (4 years), so there are still a number of important wine regions I have yet to visit. So I am pleased to finally get the chance to see Alsace: I know and love the [...]

More highlights from Majestic: two lovely Alsace whites from Schlumberger

Two more highlights from this week’s press tasting at Majestic: a couple of lovely Alsace whites from Schlumberger.

I love these wines, and at the offer price they are a steal. But they illustrate why Alsace remains a nightmare for consumers. One is dry, the other quite sweet. But nowhere is this indicated on the bottle. [...]

Time for some Alsace wines

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I have never been to Alsace. The odd thing is, I really love Alsace wines. So why haven’t I been?

Anyway, here’s a spread of different bottles, reflecting some of the different varieties grown in the region. All were pretty good, with the Riesling and Muscat the standouts.

Kuentz-Bas Pinot Blanc [...]