Catherine RISS The first time we ran into Catherine Riss was on a tasting visit to Lucas Rieffel’s winery in Mittelbergheim. She provided that extra bit of pressure to help keep us focused, as we worked through a line-up of 15 wines. That was back in July 2015, [...]
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Alsace Wine Region - 2018 Vintage Update The Alsace Region grape harvest, les vendanges, has finished up and it all took place in almost perfect weather conditions. It kind of went on a bit due to a welcome uptick in quantity and also the opportunity to bring in some late harvest wines. The wintry [...]
André KLEINKNECHT The Location Here we go, back to downtown Mittelbergheim and knocking on another door. It’s really more of an uptown place, with four roads crossing high up at the village centre. It is the definition of a wine village, with 20 winemaking families in a population of 650. Nine of these domaines are working their [...]
News from the RAW wine fairs Alsace “Startups” at the New York and Los Angeles RAW Wine Fairs The RAW wine fairs now cover four venues: London, Berlin, New York and Los Angeles, with the U.S. events held during two weekends in November. RAW showcases producers of [...]
Alsace Wine Region - 2017 Vintage Update It’s Sunday 22nd of October and the Alsace 2017 vintage is harvested and safely in cellars up and down the wine route. This includes the late harvest wines, the Vendanges Tardives and the Selection de Grains Nobles. Back In Alsace had the good fortune to visit [...]
Interview with Patrick Meyer Notes from a short discussion with Patrick Meyer, at the Summer Fascht, natural wine event. The event was held at Christian Binner’s winery in Ammerschwihr in July 2017. After our April visit to Patrick Meyer’s winery and vineyards in Nothalten, this was [...]
Pinot Noir in the Alsace Grand Cru The Alsace Grands Crus : Grand Cru Hengst The campaign and project to designate Grand Cru status to Alsace vineyards came to fruition in 1975. Hard work, extreme focus and political awareness made this classification [...]
Les Vins Libérés – Summer Fête – Ammerschwihr : Les Vins Libérés is a day of celebration that comes on the heels of the mini salons that fringed some bigger events in 2015 and 2016. This time, producers put together a stand-alone event, a one-day summer [...]
ACT - Alsace Crus and Terroirs : 2017 Now before we start on this one, Back In Alsace would like to emphasise that we are again “outside looking in and also inside looking in”. There was a burst of publicity when ACT got its act [...]
Lucas Rieffel The Location Lucas Rieffel’s winery is in the village of Mittelbergheim. A place that feels like it’s close to somewhere else, like Heaven’s Door. Somewhere special, where something special is happening. That something is a group of winemakers that has developed a [...]