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ALSACE WINE TIPS

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Riesling

It is often described as dry, distinguished, delicately fruity, with an elegant bouquet and sometimes mineral or floral notes. After 3 or more years of maturing the wine reaches the right balance, with a more sophisticated bouquet evolving on petrol notes.

Tips: An ideal gastronomy wine, it provides a perfect match with fish, shellfish, white meat and sauerkraut. Riesling is also often used to make sauces which accompany trout or chicken.
Serve chilled (8-10 degrees C) but not iced.

Alsace Riesling wine

Gewurztraminer

Well-known for its exceptional aromatic character, the wines have a rich bouquet of roses, lychee and spices, with a powerful and rounded structure. They can benefit from some bottle-ageing despite a relatively low acidity.

Tips: Gewurztraminer makes for a perfect aperitif, and an irreplaceable partner for all exotic cuisine, strong cheeses such as Munster, or with dessert.
Serve chilled (8-10 degrees C) but not iced.

Alsace Gewurztraminer wine

Pinot Gris

Rich and flavorful, the wines are nicely structured with a certain roundness. They show a smoky and honey-like character, often retaining some residual sugar.

Tips: The wines are well adapted to spicy meat dishes or game.
Serve chilled (8-10 degrees C) but not iced.

Alsace Pinot Gris wine

Sylvaner

Produces simple dry wines, mostly used for blending. They are remarkably fresh, light and discreetly fruity.

Tips: A pleasant thirst-quenching, and sometimes lively wine, it pairs well with seafood, cold meats, quiche and salads.
Serve chilled (8-10 degrees C) but not iced.

Alsace Sylvaner wine

Muscat

A very aromatic dry wine, quite different from the sweet Muscats of the Mediterranean. The wine retains the primary aromas of the original Muscat grape.

Tips: It is a fruity and refreshing wine which serves as a perfect aperitif. It is also particularly recommended with asparagus.
Serve chilled (8-10 degrees C) but not iced.

Alsace Muscat wine

Pinot Noir

The source of Alsace's only rosé or red wines, it displays a typically fruity, cherry-like bouquet. When vinified as a red wine, it can be matured in oak barrels, bringing it more structure and aromatic complexity.

Tips: It offers a light, flexible compromise for fish-and-meat menus, while a perfect match for cold cuts and red meats.

Alsace Pinot Noir wine

Sweet Wines

Vendanges tardives: (Late Harvest) sweet or semi-sweet wine.
Tips: Such wines make an elegant partner for certain exotic dishes, foie gras and desserts that are not overly sweet.

Selection de grains nobles: Wines made from grapes affected by the noble rot, they are rich and concentrated sweet dessert wines, which are rare and expensive.
Tips: They can be served with dessert, or on their own.

Alsace sweet wines

Crémant d'Alsace

Made from Pinot Blanc grapes, these sparkling wines are light-bodied, somewhat fruity, delicate, and youthful. Depending on the producers, they can vary in intensity, through the different blends and aging regimens.

Tips: They can be served as an aperitif or on their own.
The ideal serving temperature is 5-7 degrees C.

Alsace cremant wine
 
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