This unique region’s appellation is simply ‘Alsace AC’, which makes this the only area in France where the majority of the wines are labelled by the grape variety and not by the region in which they are produced. They must also be bottled where they are produced in the region’s hallmark thin, green bottle known as the ‘flute of Alsace’.
When it comes to pairing Alsace wines there are so many great options to choose from. For things such as goat’s cheese or pork, a Riesling is an ideal match to complement the flavours of the meat or cheese. For heavier, rich foods such as venison, game, or even spiced dishes such as Indian food, Gewürztraminer grapes harmoniously balance the heat and strong flavours. When it comes to fish or poultry you can’t go wrong with a Pinot Blanc and for Asian dishes, salty foods, and spicy curries Pinot Gris is the perfect companion. If you are looking to buy some Alsace wine but need guidance or advice on what is best suited to your preferences then please do not hesitate to get in touch and one of our friendly, knowledgeable experts will be happy to help you with your selection.
The wines of Alsace very often indicate their sweetness level, Alsace produces some very lovely late-harvest wines or noble rot. These wines have a high residual sugar level and pair very nicely with strong blue cheeses or desserts or dishes like Foie Gras.