The Sweet Reality of Alsace Riesling

Alsace Riesling

If you think Alsace Riesling is sweet, its not!  In fact, a glass of vegetable juice contains more sweetness than a glass of Riesling! And with summer upon us, it’s a great wine to pair with fresh seafood. It also pairs well with crab cakes, wild game, sushi, pâté and foie gras. I am personally fond of the 2011 Schoffit Riesling Alsace Lieu-Dit Harth Tradition (which retails for around $26) with Marc’s recipe for crab cakes. The Domaine Bott-Geyl Riesling Schoenenbourg, Alsace Grand Cru is really good too, retailing for under $20. Both wines are fresh and opulent, showing a great expression of the regional characteristics with juicy, racy acidity.

Alsace Riesling
Marc's Crab cakes
Do you have a suggestion for an Alsace Riesling and food pairing? Right now, you can submit a favorite dry Alsace Riesling and food pairing to @drinkAlsace using the hashtag #TryDryAlsace on Twitter for the chance to win two Riedel Grand Cru Riesling glasses. The contest will conclude July 31st with the announcement of a winner. What is your idea? Let me know and good luck!

For now, enjoy the infographic and Drink Alsace, the perfect summer sipper.

Alsace Riesling Infograph


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Jamie Clark July 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM - Reply

    Interesting graphic. I usually stay away from Riesling because I really thought most of them were sweet! Do you have any recommendations under $20?

    • enobytes July 14, 2013 at 3:16 PM - Reply

      Absolutely…you can’t go wrong with Pierre Sparr or Trimbach.

  2. Alex Conison July 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM - Reply

    Useful article.

    FYI: The idea that different zones of the tongue are responsible for detecting particular tastes is not true.

  3. aaron July 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM - Reply

    Useful data. Hope to discover more very good posts in the future.

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