Wine of the Month: Vin d’Alsace

You may not yet be aware that Edge have for some time included a selection of ‘special’ wines from around the world in our ‘Wine of the Month’ collection.  These are temporary additions to our regular wine list, and those we feel our clientele will be interested in tasting either as an accompaniment to your meal, or just as an enjoyable drink with friends at the bar.   Our current Wine of the Month list includes two delicious wines from the Alsace region of Eastern France.

Sitting on the border of France and Germany, the Alsatian wines are produced from an aromatic grape varietal, and certainly one will notice a strong Germanic influence in them.  They are aromatic, floral and spicy, mostly dry white wines.

An Alsace Pinot Blanc should be a clear, pale yellow in colour with a slight tinge of green to it.  Fresh and fruity flavours offer hints of peach and apple, as well as florals, all of which come to mind as you taste this wine selection.  A great accompaniment to fish, poultry, and white meat dishes, it is also suitable to enjoy with soft cheeses and or an egg-based dish  Sometimes overlooked, give your taste-buds a thrill as you sip a glass of this varietal from Alsace. Drop by and try our Rolly Gassman, 2006 Pinot Blanc to see what flavours you can pick out with your wine connoisseur nose and palate in tow!

The second Alsace offering we have this month is the 2009 Gewurztraminer from the Jean Hugel vineyard, winemakers since as far back as 1639.  Gewurz, German for spicy, rings true here, with the addition of the floral of rose and the fruitiness of citrus, banana, pear and pineapple.   A rich yellow in colour with highlights of gold, this is a highly aromatic wine.

A great accompaniment to Asian and Indian food, it is in fact a great partner for most spicy dishes as well as smoked fish, and superb with Munster and/or Roquefort cheese.  Foie Gras will get a boost from this wine which may also be enjoyed as an aperitif and/or a dessert wine.

We hope that you will enjoy the wine selections we have chosen and look forward to hearing your feedback and comments in the weeks and months to come.

 

Check back here regularly to view our current Wine of the Month collection.

Happy wine tasting!

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