ATRULY beautiful area of France is Alsace. Over the centuries war has waged there many times - hence the influence on its culture and wine is varied.
It is the wine producing area that started the varietal nomenclature of wines long before the new world. Some times part of and now bordering the vineyards of Germany, the grapes grown are all those found throughout the Rhineland.
The riesling is the king of the grapes and nowhere does it have a fuller expression than in Alsace. The spicy gewurztraminer is probably the most typical wine of Alsace for its truly distinctive character that goes through the full range - from crisp and dry to luscious and sweet when picked late in the harvest.
Tokay, the fabled wine of Hungary, is often called pinot gris in Alsace and is a full mineral complex varietal. The sylvaner is widely grown and is a delicious wine that does not have the acclaim of the other grapes, but is used in a blend called Edzelwicker that is made by most of the wine houses. Pinot noir is the only red and often quite lightweight, but can be very delicious.
RECIPE At the annual anniversary dinner at Tyddyn Llan in Llandrillo, near Corwen, on November 27 several of these globetrotting varietals are featured to court Bryan Webb's gastronomy. You can sample a Mosel riesling to accompany a salad of smoked eel with crab apples; a New Zealand pinot gris is served with Welsh farmhouse cheeses; and with the dessert of pannacotta with poached figs and lavender honey comes a gewurztraminer Vendage Tardive from Riefle. This wine is late picked and hence has a concentration of spice and richness that will be quite superb. THE WithBRYANWEBB . Llan, Alsace wines are available from specialists and they are known as the wine trade's favourite. But they are truly wonderful wines to discover and perhaps a taste of a few at Tyddyn Llan will fire enthusiasm for this superb wine region.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Nov 6, 2010|
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