Another element in this new energy coursing through the Alsace wine region was the staging of the third edition of the biannual Millésime Alsace wine fair in summer 2016. This is an event targeted at professionals in the wine business. The first edition in 2012 was focused entirely on Riesling, but it has now expanded to include all Alsace varieties. The event is hosted in Colmar and is now organised by the CIVA (Conseil Interprofessional des Vins d’Alsace), the regional wine body. This initiative is firmly established and showcases the quality of Alsace’s classic wine styles. Ninety-nine producers presented a range of their wines in 2016.
Last and certainly not least, the 5th Alsace salon for natural wines, “Salon Des Vins Libres”, was held in Strasbourg in May 2016. Also a biannual event, it provides a platform for producers of natural wine from around France and a small number of producers from other countries. The 2016 edition included an “off”, a mini salon, featuring more than a dozen Alsace natural wine producers. This was a follow through from the success of the “Attention: Vins Libérés” event held in Ammerschwihr in 2015. That salon, with 14 Alsace producers, was staged to coincide with the inauguration of Christian Binner’s new wine making and storage building. Now, in July this year, the “Les Vins Libérés” event was back at the same venue. This time with 22 winemakers pouring their wines.
Plus as a fast follow on; the squeaky new book by author Alice Feiring “The Dirty Guide to Wine” carries an 8-page postscript titled Alsace Stands Alone. Alice finishes the section with a Who To Drink list of 21 producers. This is an interesting mix of the winemakers from the Vins Libérés group and the ACT group. We are pleased it also includes the highly talented Laurent Barth, one of our featured producers in the Back In Alsace kick-off edition.
These various initiatives provide a sort of multi-layered energy that adds up to more than just the component parts.
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