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Continued: Wine: Alsace's gems are seriously under-recognized

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 13, 2013 - 4:54 PM

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But before getting that far down the road, try one of these gems in the $15 range: the Martin Schaetzel Edelzwicker blend, the pinot auxerrois from Domaine Ehrhart or pinot blancs from Wolfberger, Paul Zinck, Hugel (“Les Amours”) or Kuentz-Bas.

“We have a pinot blanc by the glass,” Giraud said, “but people don’t buy it because it’s from Alsace; they get it because it’s pinot blanc.”

He paused and sighed. “We will just have to keep on hand-selling Alsatian wines.”

A more worthwhile mission I cannot imagine.


Bill Ward • 612-673-7643


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