In the northeast of France, along the eastern foothills of the Vosges, there are rows of undulating, vine-covered hills, quaint villages with narrow streets and charming flower-decked houses clustered around the local church steeple.
This is Alsace, the famous white wine region that welcomes visitors throughout the year.
In December 2012, we arrived with first snow at Colmar, met a number of passionate
winegrowers and celebrated the season in festive markets and villages.
Wine experts tips
Nelson Chow. Hong Kong cuisines match well with Alsace wines because of the features of different Chinese regional cuisines incorporated. Spicy aroma of Sichuan dishes can be enhanced by Alsace wines. Aged Alsace Grand Cru wines pair particularly well with Shanghai cuisine for its heavy sauce.
Jordan Choy. There are a lot of welcoming domains in Alsace. I found Hugel et Fils in Riquewihr the most interesting because the estate is centrally located in the town which is rare. The Guinness recorded one of their ancient oak casks dating back to 1715. The town Riquewihr is also enchanting and worth a visit.
Places & Domaines visited
Domaine JB Adam
Since 1614, the ADAM family wrote the history of Alsace wines in Ammerschwihr, each bottle reflects 400 years of expertise and 14 generations of improvements. This passion, dedication, and love for wine, is transmitted to us by Jean-Baptiste and his daughter during a private tasting in their charming cellar.
Secret: In 1883, the Adam father offered each of his 5 kids an Oak barrel that are still in use and producing the best cuvees…
• Crémant d’Alsace, Emotion: perfect assemblage of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir.
The Emotion range represents the best of the best bubbles.
• Pinot Gris, Letzenberg 2010: harvested by hand and offering the best of the terroir, the Letzenberg soil offers aromatic and delicate Pinot Gris with a perfect balance of sweetness.
Mr Jean-Baptiste Adam
5, rue de l'Aigle , 68770 AMMERSCHWIHR
Tel: +33 (0)3 8978 2321 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Being regarded as “the Gem of the Alsace Vineyards”, this magnificent town has
combined antique architecture with its world-famous wines. It is an “open-air museum”, housing some well-preserved old buildings and monuments.
Admirably decorated with flowers in spring and summer, the town takes on the colors of Christmas during the Advent period, in a unique atmosphere that combines the magic of Christmas with the Alsatian traditions. Shops are decorated with festive ornaments and Christmas Market is opened for locals and tourists.
For more information
Office de Tourisme du Pays de Ribeauville et Riquewihr
2 rue de la 1ere Armée, Riquewihr
Tel: +33 (0) 3 89 73 23 23
The Grape of the week
AOC Crémant d’Alsace represents 22% of the production.
Fresh and elegant, Crémant d’Alsace is developed by secondary fermentation, predominately made from Pinot Blanc, and also from Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling or Chardonnay.
White fruit aromas (pear, apple), sometimes with hints of dry fruit, white blossoms and brioche.
An elegant, gently sparkling wine with fruity freshnessServe at 5°C-7°C
From aperitif to dessert, its delicate effervescence will slowly awaken your senses and magnificently complement your entire meal.
Where to find Cremant d'Alsace?
Domaine Barth René from Vins Gallery www.vinsgallery.com
Food & wine matching
90g flour; 1 coffee-spoon of curry ; small egg whites; 80g butter ; Sesame and poppyseed ; Provence herbs; Sea salt
Melt the butter and beat the egg white until firm/stiff. Mix the flour with the butter, then add in the egg white, a pinch of salt and the curry. Cover the dough with a film and let rest in fridge for 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 170°C and cover the baking tray with a sheet of baking paper.
Take 1 coffee-spoon of dough and flatten into a thin disk. Do the same for the rest of the dough. Sprinkle sesame seeds on one third of the discs of dough, poppy seed on another third and provencal herbs on the rest. Bake for about 6 minutes, until golden brown. Sprinkle with sea salt after finishing baking.
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Originally from Lorraine, Michel Roth worked at the best restaurants in France, finally stopping at the Ritz, where he earned his second Michelin star as head chef of the restaurant “L’Espadon”. In 1991, he won the “Bocus d’Or” Award and the title of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”.
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From Hong Kong to Strasbourg: 9330 km
From Strasbourg North to South: 170 km
Airport Strasbourg Eistheim to Strasbourg City Center: 18 km
Time Difference from Hong Kong
Summer time -6H00 / Winter time -7H00
Le Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace
12 avenue de la Foire-Aux-Vins
BP 11217 - 68012 Colmar Cedex France
Tél. : (+33) 03 89 20 16 20
Alsace Tourism Board