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Auxerrois: A Lesson from Alsace on Wine's Acidity

Adventures with Weird Wine Grapes Stevie Stacionis Post a comment

How do you know if you like high acidity? Answer these questions: Did you love Sour Patch Kids as a child? Do you prefer your lemonade more tart than sweet? If you answered "yes," you probably love acidity in your wine. (Welcome to my club. Perhaps we will make punk-rock-inspired T-shirts for ourselves.) More

Silvaner: Where Will this White Wine Grape Pop Up Next?

Adventures with Weird Wine Grapes Stevie Stacionis Post a comment

This acid-driven white wine grape has been at it for over 500 years, and has changed gears, reinvented itself and worn any number of hats. Its future looks bright—and long. More

Pairings Pictured: Riesling from Alsace

Pairings Pictured Hawk Wakawaka Post a comment

Thanks to its cultural roots, Alsatian Riesling craves pork—pancetta, sausage, potatoes fried in pork, leg of pork, pork belly—but it gets along swimmingly with salty seafoods too. More

White Wines Rule in Alsace

In Vineyards and Cellars Sarah Bray Post a comment

A long, thin region on the eastern side of France, about a 2.5-hour train ride from Paris, Alsace lies on the border with Germany. The first thing you notice when you get there is how beautiful it is. Steep slopes, timbered houses, and clear light all define the landscape. Here are 14 delicious Alsatian wines to seek out. More

Riesling Report: Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2008

Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

At first sniff, you might think this Alsatian wine was going to be soft and gentle; there are hints of orange blossom and scented candles there. But focused, tart fruit trumpets forward with the first sip—it's a puckering mouthful, and bold if not quite medium-bodied at 12.5% ABV. More

Riesling Report: Domaine Mittnacht Freres Rosacker Grand Cru Riesling 2007

Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

If you're accustomed to light, gauzy rieslings, this Alsatian wine might overwhelm. It's a powerful, supple wine, with some of the creaminess of, say, a Chardonnay, but the tartness of riesling that makes it food-friendly, and a bit of alcoholic heat at 13.5% ABV. More

Serious Grape: Gewürztraminer, the Spicy White Wine with the Difficult Name

Deb Harkness 4 comments

Despite its tongue-twisting name, it's easy to fall in love with Gewürztraminer because the grape produces wines that are aromatic, spicy, and pair brilliantly with spicy food—especially Asian food. More

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