Monday March 30, 2020

Wine: Putting Alsace back on the map

Alsace is far too contrary and unusual to gain a large following, but it combines the best of traditional and forward-looking practices to produce some fine wines, writes Tomas Clancy.

16th March, 2014
Alsace: low rainfall, good summer sun, cool breezes, a river for transportation and south and south-west facing hills make for perfect winemaking Territory. Picture: Thinkstock

There are occasional moments when you realise that we humans are, like trees or ants, just features on the landscape, elements of nature. This is never more clear than in the region we call Alsace, a region that today is very firmly, but entirely momentarily, part of France.

The wines of Alsace are among the most contrary and overlooked in all of the global wine landscape. Every few years, the wine world rediscovers them, has...

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