Food and wines
The Terroirs of Alsace are home to aromas and flavours from the whole range of Alsatian grape varieties. This diversity endows them with all the characteristics they need to be the perfect accompaniment to the finest of banquets, more day-to-day meals or simply for relaxing with friends.
A veritable marvel as an aperitif, Alsatian wines have always been the ideal match for seafood as well. They also know how to strike just the right balance in the company of poultry, white meats, game, foie gras, exotic dishes, cheeses and desserts.
How to keep and serve Alsatian wines ?
Long periods in the cellar aren’t needed in order to bring the true splendour of Alsatian wines to light : six months’ to five years’ cellaring is quite enough.
The Grands Crus, Vendanges Tardives and the Selections de Grains Nobles will, however, benefit from being kept much longer, in a cellar in conditions that are neither too dry nor too damp.
Slight sparkling may sometimes be seen with certain grape varieties, due to early racking; this enables the wine to retain all of its best characteristics.
Alsatian wine is stored horizontally at a temperature of between 10 and 15°C.
A slight deposit of tartar may sometimes be observed at the bottom of the bottle. This natural occurrence is often a sign of a wine of great delicacy.
Alsatian wines should be served chilled, but not cold.
Their ideal serving temperature is between 8 and 10°C for Alsatian wines and Alsatian Grands Crus, and between 5 and 7°C for the sparkling Crémant d'Alsace.
Their flavour, their elegance and their bouquet truly come to life in long stemmed tulip-shaped glasses, and for the Crémant d'Alsace, in long, delicate, crystal flute glasses.
Their aromas will be all the better appreciated if you do not fill the glass up completely.
What Alsatian Wine should you choose ?
- Aperitif : Crémant d'Alsace, Muscat d'Alsace, Gewurztraminer
- Cold starters :
Sylvaner, Pinot blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris
- Hot starters :
Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Muscat d'Alsace, Pinot Blanc
- Fish :
Riesling, Pinot Gris, Riesling Vendanges Tardives, Gewurztraminer
- White meat and poultry :
Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer
- Red meat and game :
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris
- Cheeses :
Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Blanc
- Desserts :
Gewurztraminer, Vendanges Tardives
- If you’re looking for the perfect end to a meal, or for a wine to enjoy by its own :
Vendanges Tardives, Sélection de Grains Nobles, Crémant d'Alsace, Muscat d'Alsace