A big night out at the chief's!

Feeling a little tired after a wonderful evening at the chief’s last night. The chief is Harpers editor Richard Siddle, who convened a gathering of chums to eat and drink well together at his pad in Clapham. It was a very late night, but the company and the wines made it worthwhile. The evening began [...]

Some remarkable wines from Zind Humbrecht

I have just written up a visit to Zind Humbrecht, the celebrated Alsace wine producer, where we tasted 27 different wines – perhaps a record for me for a single producer visit? The quality across the board was incredible, so I wanted to highlight a few of the stunners.

Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive Clos Windsbuhl [...]

Video: time to taste some Riesling

So, here I taste, on camera, two different Rieslings. One from Australia’s Eden Valley; one from Alsace. I like them both.

Video: the Alsace wine region

A short film showing the beautiful Alsace wine region. I hope this captures a bit of the heart of Alsace, which I thoroughly fell in love with when I visited twice last year.

 

Riesling focus, 2: Ostertag Vignoble d'E

Over the last year, I have fallen in love with Alsace. Along with the Mosel and Austria, it is one of the world’s top destinations for Riesling. Here’s a cracking example. This is one of Andre Ostertag’s vins de fruit, where the objective is the primary expression of the variety above that of the terroir. [...]

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 [...]