Wines All from Alsace

April 2024
Written By: 
James Ginley
Photographs by: 
courtesy of the wineries

German style Wines Grown in France

Lucien Albrecht Pinot Blanc Tradition 2021
Alsace, France $20
This Pinot Blanc opens with hints of peach, pear and a bit of spice on the nose. The mouthfeel is juicy, with fresh apple and peach flavors, leading to a minerally finish. Enjoy now, but some vintages can age a few years. This Maison was founded in 1698 by Balthazar Albrecht. Eight generations later, they continue to work the land and create authentic Alsatian wines, like this Pinot Blanc, and other white, red, and sparkling wines.

Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve 2020
Alsace, France $34
Founded in the center of Alsace in 1626, Trimbach has been making memorable wines for nearly four centuries. This reserve (meaning it’s been cellared two or three years before release), has a delicate bouquet of plum and pear fruit, plus a unique balance between its dry character and lively fruitiness. Enjoy with seafood, white meats and oriental dishes. This reserve Pinot Gris earned 93 points from Wine Enthusiast.

Arthur Metz Crémant D’Alsace Brut Sparkling
Alsace, France $25
Crémant is the term for non-vintage sparkling wines made in France, but not in the Champagne region. Maison Arthur Metz has been producing fine crémant, plus red, white and rose wines since 1904. This popular sparkler is made from Chardonnay grapes and has a refreshing spritz with hints of citrus and green apple flavors. Like all bubbly wines, it goes with many dishes, and is always welcome by friends and family.

Weinbach Riesling 2020
Alsace, France $35
One of the most respected wine estates in all of France, Weinbach produces this concentrated and fragrant dry Riesling from selected vineyards. It shows subtle aromas of white blossoms, pear and apple. The palate is refreshing, with a blend of concentrated fruits, including crisp granny smith apple and stone peaches. There’s a delicate minerality throughout, and it all comes together for a lingering, luxurious finish.

Anne de K Gewurztraminer 2019
Alsace, France $25
Most people think of Gewurztraminer as the most popular grape of Alsace, and this example comes from the grand cru vineyards of Alsace. On the nose, hints of lychee, rose petal and tropical fruit. The savory mouthfeel offers low acidity with a firm texture and notes of mango and peach stone fruits, plus spicy cinnamon and ginger flavors. Classic pairings are roast duck and game birds. A delightful wine that will take you back to the homeland!