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With its fairytale aesthetic, Germanic influence and strong emphasis on white wines...

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With its fairytale aesthetic, Germanic influence and strong emphasis on white wines, Alsace is one of France’s most unique viticultural regions. This hotly contested stretch of land running north to south on France’s northeastern border has spent much of its existence as German territory. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Vosges mountains, it is one of the driest regions of France but enjoys a long and cool growing season. Autumn humidity facilitates the development of “noble rot” for the production of late-picked sweet wines, Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles.

The best wines of Alsace can be described as aromatic and honeyed, even when completely dry. The region’s “noble” varieties, the only ones permitted within Alsace’s 51 Grands Crus vineyards, are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, and Pinot Gris.

Riesling is Alsace’s main specialty. In its youth, Alsatian Riesling is dry, fresh and floral, but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Gewurztraminer is known for its signature spice and lychee aromatics, and is often utilized for late harvest wines. Pinot Gris is prized for its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavors. Muscat, vinified dry, tastes of ripe green grapes and fresh rose petal.

Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Chasselas, Sylvaner and Pinot Noir—the only red grape permitted in Alsace and mainly used for sparkling rosé known as Crémant d’Alsace. Most Alsatian wines are single-varietal bottlings and unlike other French regions, are also labeled with the variety name.

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  • Schieferkopf Riesling Lieu-dit Berg 2012 Front Label
    Schieferkopf Riesling Lieu-dit Berg 2012
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    Schieferkopf Riesling Lieu-dit Fels 2012
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  • Schieferkopf Riesling Via Saint-Jacques 2012 Front Label
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    • Schieferkopf Riesling Lieu-dit Buehl 2012 Front Label
      Schieferkopf Riesling Lieu-dit Buehl 2012
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    • Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
      Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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    • Gustave Lorentz Reserve Riesling 2012 Front Label
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      • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Riesling 2012 Front Label
        Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Riesling 2012
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        • Kuentz-Bas Riesling Trois Chateaux 2012 Front Label
          Kuentz-Bas Riesling Trois Chateaux 2012
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        • Hugel Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
          Hugel Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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        • Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Riesling 2012 Front Label
          Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Riesling 2012
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          • Albert Boxler Riesling 2012 Front Label
            Albert Boxler Riesling 2012
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            • Pierre Sparr Riesling 2012 Front Label
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              • Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2012 Front Label
                Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2012
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              • Paul Blanck Et Fils Classique Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                Paul Blanck Et Fils Classique Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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              • Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve 2012 Front Label
                Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve 2012
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              • Kuentz-Bas Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                • Domaine Emile Beyer Riesling Cuvee de l'Hostellerie 2012 Front Label
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                  • Cave de Ribeauville Riesling Osterberg Grand Cru  2012 Front Label
                    Cave de Ribeauville Riesling Osterberg Grand Cru 2012
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                  • Domaine Remy Gresser Kritt Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                    • Dom. Barmes-Buecher Hengst Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                    • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                    • Paul Blanck Et Fils Classique Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                    • Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                    • Zind-Humbrecht Brand Grand Cru Riesling 2012 Front Label
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                    • Zind-Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Grand Cru Riesling 2012 Front Label
                      Zind-Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Grand Cru Riesling 2012
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