People get in a twist with the seasons and the solstices and the equinoxes. If we carve the year into four seasons of three months each, then Spring starts on the first of March and runs through April and May. In the Alsace vineyards the last of the pruning takes place, especially with the younger [...]
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vineyard pruning and bottling at home, wine fares on the road - ALSACE WINTER - Now, January and February are heavy pruning months in Alsace. To get away from the hard and cold work, there is an escape to the fares and salons of Montpellier and the Loire. Driving, hard work, long hours in the [...]
Report on Harvest 2018 - check here for the updates filed by winemaker Florian Beck-Hartweg Profile on winemaker Catherine Riss here Profile on winemaker Jean-Marc Dreyer here Profile on winemaker Christophe Lindenlaub here 1 - The Revue du Vin de France published a special report with a cover page on " Alsace, the wine region [...]
LES DEUX SALONS - VINS LIBRES et BRUT(ES) A pulse indicator, a health check, probably more relevant to say a rain check, that’s how to register two Alsace Natural Wine salons hosted in 2018. It’s a sign of the (wine) times for this to happen and for it to come from two different core [...]
Christophe LINDENLAUB – Dorlisheim. The Location - Christophe Lindenlaub makes his wine in Dorlisheim, a large village on the Alsace wine route, 20kms to the west and a touch south of Strasbourg. It is definitely not one of these picture postcard Alsace “villages” and is partially joined to [...]
Jean-Marc DREYER - Rosheim We were in and out of Jean-Marc’s winery and vineyards during the 2018 harvest. It was energising to experience the buzz around the grapes coming in, somewhat fast and also in bigger quantities than the last few years. The winery, a hive of activity [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]