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Buy some wine from Alsace

The message is a simple one. Head on down to your local supplier of interesting wines and try a wine from Alsace. Even the supermarkets will probably have something from one of the big names such as Trimbach or Hugel.

You cannot avoid the tall, Liebfraumilchy-looking bottle: it's a legal requirement of the region. The shape of the bottle does not determine the taste of the contents. You can choose from a wide variety of grapes, and styles from piercingly dry to very sweet and mellow. I admit it's not always easy to tell sweet from dry by looking at the label - the Alsatians themselves are discussing the possibility of a sweetness/dryness indication on the label - but you could always ask the person who is selling you the wine.

If Bubble Brothers are your local supplier of interesting wines, then what you buy will have been grown and vinified by the Meyer family, whose present generations are pictured here.  The family has followed the principles of biodynamics, without unnecessary hoo-ha, for the best part of forty years.

famille-meyer

Michael Kane of Curious Wines has already waved the flag for Riesling as a food wine. We keep not just the Meyers' Riesling, but also their Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and sparkling Crémant (white and rosé), and from time to time some of their other wines too, including the dessert styles 'Vendanges Tardives' and 'Sélection de Grains Nobles'. Have a look! You can expect a similar wide choice from most of the estates.

Alsace makes delicious, food-friendly wines that deserve a much, much wider following in Ireland.  I hope you'll take my tip.

2 thoughts on “Buy some wine from Alsace”

  • MacW

    I got a gift of some of your Meyer Riesling from the lads I work with today and went on to drop and break it in my driveway when sorting out stuff in my car. Ive had the wine on my mind since- see you next week to see what I missed out on tonight!

    Thanks for the article about it anyway!

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  • Julian

    Now that's bad luck - but fortunately we do have replacements! If you say hello to Austin in the English Market, or to me here at the Marina, and remind us, I think a small drop-and-break discount might be in order (even though we can't condone careless handling of the Meyers' wines!).

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