Three Great Wines from Alsace

2015 Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France

Owners Frédéric and Philippe Blanck farm their vines without the use of chemicals, in hopes of achieving wines that express the character of the vineyards, which often showcase minerality.  This beauty produced from the Haut-Rhin district is terroir-expressive—aromas of apricot and brioche with white peach flavors that are zesty and feisty, finishing with a beautiful honeysuckle, mineral finish. It’s a great food wine with vast culinary applications—we paired it with an asparagus mushroom risotto which really knocked it out of the park. Great QPR (quality-to-price-ratio).

Excellent | $16 | 12.5% ABV

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris, Alsace, France

Biodynamic farmed, this Pinot gris is recognizable year after year for its purity and intensity. Zind-Humbrecht harvests the grapes from their top quality estate vineyards, showcasing its limestone influence from the soils. Medium-bodied, its ripe and honeyed character finishes with toasty, mineral notes. Sautéed sole made for a perfect pairing.

Very Good | $26 | 13.5% ABV

2014 Schlumberger Pinot Noir Les Princes Abbés, Alsace, France

With a single holding of more than 330 acres in Geubwiller, Domaines Schlumberger is the largest Grands Crus producer in Alsace, producing Pinot noir grapes that offer intense color and expressive red fruit flavors. It’s a very pretty style wine, with soft, round tannins that dance on the palate. Anything with duck, mushrooms or salmon would pair magnificently!!

Very Good | $26 | 12.9% ABV


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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.

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