This TasteLive! event started with insights about Alsace Wines and the region, along with history, by Patrick W Fegan, Director of Chicago Wine School and Wine Columnist for Examiner.com. Hard to believe that wine history could be shared in 160 character snippets, but Patrick did a fantastic job.
According to Binny’s Beverage Depot, a co-sponsor of the event:
“Alsace is one of France’s top white wine regions and is famous for its fresh, aromatic and food-friendly wines. Located on the eastern border of Germany in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, Alsace produces terroir-driven wines of pure fruit expressions from 7 main grape varieties. Unlike other regions in France, the wines of Alsace typically indicate the grape variety on their labels: for example, Alsace Pinot Blanc and Alsace Riesling. When a grape appears on a label, the wines are comprised 100% of that variety. The region also makes high-quality, reasonably priced sparkling wines called Crémant d’Alsace.”
The introductory forum was followed by the tasting, led by Patrick via video, really a neat interactive way to do this. The wines tasted included Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé, The Fürst Pinot Blanc 2010, Gustave Lorentz Riesling 2009, Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris 2009, and Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2008. All were amazingly complex and satisfying, really showcasing what the region has to offer.
Wine bloggers in attendance included Ari Bendersky (@aribendersky, http://chicago.eater.com/), David Hammond (@DavidHammond, http://lthforum.com/) , Minna An (@minNAAN, http://chicagoist.com/), Douglas Trapasso (@demilove, http://chicagopinot.wordpress.com/), James McMillan (@WineMizer, http://www.winemizer.net/), Michael Bottigliero (@WCWineGuy, http://www.windycitywineguy.com/), Gwendolyn Alley (@ArtPredator, http://winepredator.wordpress.com/), Tim Elliott (@winecast, http://winecast.net/), and Jason Rzutkiewicz (@jasonswineblog, http://www.jasonswineblog.com/).
Disclaimer: This wine was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Wines of Alsace and Binny's Beverage Depot. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the wine a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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