With more Michelin-starred restaurants relative to its size than anywhere else in France, and more hours of sunshine than any other part of France except the Roussillon, Alsace is a deservedly popular tourist destination and a region well-suited to wine production. But sadly the region's wines are still misunderstood. The names, often Germanic, seem confusing and the great diversity of styles equally daunting - but this is where we come in!
Our resident expert Shane Jones will guide you through the noble grape varieties of the region. These are those that are permitted to carry the Grand Cru lable if hailing from a top site. The four nobles will be unearthed; Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat. We will discover what makes them so unique in Alsace, crafting styles that really are different to anywhere else in France. Four flights of two wines across the four varieties will be tasted plus a lovely Cremant d'Alsace as an aperitif.
Wines on Tasting (9):
APERITIF: Domaine Zinck Crémant d'Alsace Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc NV Brut (£15)
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Alsace Pinot Gris 2015 Lieu-dit "Clos Windsbuhl" (£15)
Domaines Schlumberger Alsace Grand Cru Kitterlé Pinot Gris 2009 (£30)
Hugel Family Alsace Gewurztraminer 2014 "Classic" (£15)
Domaine Bott-Geyl Alsace Grand Cru Sonnenglanz Gewurztraminer 2010 (£35)
Josmeyer Alsace Riesling 2014 (£15)
Gustave Lorentz Alsace Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim Riesling 2011 (£30)
Kuentz-Bas Alsace Muscat 2014 "Collection" (£10)
Grand Cru Muscat TBC (approx £25)