What comes to mind when you think about Riesling? Sweet? Or too sweet?
What about Alsace?
If you’re a typical American, I’d bet you probably don’t know that…
Alsace is a region in the Northeastern corner of France, right next to Germany and above Switzerland with 38,300 acres of vines, with over 13% organic or biodynamic, making the region one of the greenest in France. In 2011, Alsace produced 12.5 million cases of wine.
Alsace has 13 different and very distinct types of soil from volcanic to limestone to clay, the most diverse terroir in France.
Alsace is in the rain shadow of the Vosges Mountains making it the second driest region in France with around 20 inches of rain per year. Alsace also experiences a lot of sunshine with 1,800 hours annually. Warm days and cool nights allow for slow ripening, which produces complex, aromatic and balanced wines.
Alsace produces mostly white wines: still, sparkling, and sweet, but also Pinot Noir.
I’m preparing for a Twitter tasting of four Rieslings from Alsace on Thursday from 4-5pm (more on that in tomorrow’s post!) so Annie AnyDay and I were discussing today what we should fix to pair with them.
They’re $25 unframed or $100 framed; I think they should turn them into boxed note cards or postcards! In fact, I’m going to suggest to them to do postcards of California for the Wine Bloggers Conference in 2014 in Santa Barbara for the gift bags.
This map is part of a series of fun posts using infographics, tables, charts, and maps. Here’s an infographic about the evolution of PR. Coming up: a pie chart about how to pair wine and cheese, and an inforgraphic about reisling. And then I hope to have my series of posts about Tinhorn Creek in BC ready to post!
As I’m moving into my 10th year of marriage, my son is heading into 5th grade, I’m in my 15 year of teaching writing at the community college level, I’m 12 years into a 30 year mortgage, and I’m almost done with my second year of my PhD (about to earn a second Masters, this one in Depth Psychology), I sometimes see opportunities and say, hmmn, I wonder, I wish. What if.