Alsace wines

Spotlight on Alsace

Sparkling, dry or sweet, there’s a wine from Alsace to match your taste.

Alsace is located in the northeast of France near the border with Germany. To find it on a map, look for Paris, then move your finger east, through Champagne. Like Champagne, Alsace produces sparkling wine using the traditional method, called Crémant d’Alsace. And like Germany, you’ll find Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are also grown, as is a small amount of Pinot Noir.

The wines from Alsace are ideal for the transition from summer to fall flavors. Try one of these wines:

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé

Lucien Albrecht Cremant RoseIf you’re new to sparkling wine from Alsace, the Crémant from Lucien Albrecht (both the rosé and white) are an excellent place to begin your discovery. The AG has been a longtime fan — we first wrote about the Brut Reserve in 2008. The rosé is 100% Pinot Noir that was whole cluster hand picked, then gently pressed in a pneumatic press.

Coral-pink in color, the Crémant has small, energetic bubbles. Crisp flavors of wild strawberry, red cherry and white raspberry culminate in a soft finish that has a hint of cream.
$20, 12% alcohol

Joseph Cattin Crémant d’Alsace Brut

Joseph Cattin Cremant BrutNot as dry and more fruity than the Lucien Albrecht, the Joseph Cattin evokes the freshness of biting into an apricot picked at the peak of ripeness. This sparkling wine is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay. The grapes were hand picked, then slow crushed and cold fermented to preserve their character.

Effervescent with aromas of stone fruit and freshly baked bread, the Crémant has flavors of apricot, white peach and pluot, with lingering sweetness on the finish.
$19, 12% alcohol

Dopff & Irion Cuvée René Dopff Riesling 2012

Dopff & Irion RieslingThe name of this wine pays tribute to the man who took over the domaine in 1945 and implemented a new, terroir driven approach to winemaking in Alsace. This wine is made entirely from Riesling from Les Murailles, a single vineyard located on a hillside near the village of Riquewihr.

Pale yellow in color and very aromatic, the wine starts sweet but is immediately energized by bright acidity. Honeysuckle, nectarine and green apple come together with a hint of flinty minerality for a crisp finish.
$20, 12% alcohol

Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Les Princes Abbés 2009

Schlumberger RieslingThe history of Domaines Schlumberger dates from the early 1800s, though winemaking in Guebwiller goes back much earlier. During the 12th century it became one of the more important towns in Alsace because of its winemaking, thanks to the Princes Abbots (Princes Abbés) who were the first to sell the wine. Approximately half of the Riesling grapes for this wine come from Grand Cru vineyards.

With a light yellow color, the wine opens with floral aromas and a touch of petrol. Orange blossom and wildflower honey flavors give way to crisper clementine, white peach, green apple and subtle shale notes. Medium acidity adds structure and a supple mouthfeel. The finish is clean and fresh.
$20, 12% alcohol

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Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

AG Pick: Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

The Faust of legend sold his soul for knowledge and worldly pleasures. Fortunately for us, there is no need to make a deal with the Devil to enjoy the Faust 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

The man behind the California legend is Agustin Huneeus, best known for Quintessa. With a career in wine that has spanned 50 years and 15 countries, Agustin sought the thrill of a new endeavor – to renew his passion, much like Dr. Faust.

Faust Cabernet SauvignonWhereas Quintessa is a reflection of the vineyard, Faust is a reflection of the grape. It’s a tribute to Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, made with grapes from Agustin’s family vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville. Small lots from nearby appellations round out the blend.

The 2011 wine is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. It spent 19 months aging in French oak, of which 30% was new.

Intensely aromatic, the Faust starts off big and bold with notes of juicy red and black fruit, tobacco and spice. Decant it or let it sit in your glass, and the wine will soften into an elegant and complex sip. Blackberry, cassis and ripe red cherry are layered with dark chocolate, black pepper, leather and cigar box. It’s velvety in the mouth, with a lingering spicy finish.

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$50, 14.2% alcohol by volume

Taste Around Town Atlanta

Scroll down for a code to save 50% on tickets to the Taste Around Town Atlanta Launch Party

Your happy hour is set to get more happening this September.

Introducing Taste Around Town Atlanta, a special two week wine event featuring whites and reds from Marques de Casa Concha, Pine Ridge Vineyards and Southwest France.

Taste Around TownIt is presented by Bottlenotes, an online destination for savoring, sharing and learning about wine.

From Monday, September 15th through Sunday, September 28th, select restaurants and wine bars around Atlanta will offer glasses, flights or bottles of the featured wines at the bar or on the Taste Around Town menu.

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Get a sneak peek (and taste) of the wines at an exclusive launch party on Wednesday, September 3rd at Old Vinings Inn. From 6pm to 8pm guests will sample the wines while snacking on gourmet bites and mingling with fellow wine fans.

Tickets to the launch party cost $50 per person and may be purchased online through Eventbrite.

Amateur Gastronomer readers can save 50% on tickets to the launch party by using code AG50

Bottlenotes invites you to get social while you sip. Share what you’re drinking  using #tastearoundtown, and post your tasting notes and ratings on or on the Bottlenotes’ iPhone app.

Taste Around Town is coming to Chicago, New York City, Houston, Miami and San Francisco this fall. Click here for more information.

Taste Around Town Atlanta Launch Party, Wednesday, September 3rd, from 6pm to 8pm at Old Vinings Inn, 3011 Paces Mill Road SE.

Taste Around Town Atlanta presented by Bottlenotes, September 15 through 28 at select restaurants and wine bars.

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STK Atlanta

New Menu at STK

Need an excuse to check out STK? Midtown’s swanky steakhouse has a new menu.

The seasonally influenced additions come from newly appointed Executive Chef Mark Alba, who has won numerous awards and accolades in his 25 years of experience. He is joined by the new General Manager Geno Dew, who most recently was restaurant operations manager at Area 31 in Miami.

Whether you prefer surf or turf, you’ll have a hard time choosing among the new dishes.

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Coravin: New Tool to Maximize Wine Experience

Lunch on a Wednesday afternoon might not seem like the ideal time to enjoy a 2008 Barolo. But with Coravin you don’t need to wait for a special occasion to taste a prized bottle.

I had my first experience with Coravin at that lunch, with founder and chairman Greg Lambrecht. As he poured me the wine, the excellent Vietti Barolo Castiglione, Greg shared how the Coravin was created out of a passion for wine and innovation.

Greg CoravinWith his successful career in medical device technology including numerous patents across several medical fields, Greg took a scientific approach to creating a pouring and preservation prototype. Taking its name from the Latin roots for heart and Greg Coravin wine, the Coravin lets you pour from a bottle without uncorking it, keeping the remaining wine intact for an extended amount of time.

I’ll admit it – I was skeptical about the Coravin. It’s not often that a bottle of wine goes unfinished in my home after a day or two, and the price tag would give many people pause. But after my meeting with Greg I was convinced I needed a Coravin of my own.

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Midtown Restaurant Week 2014

Book your reservations for Midtown Restaurant Week! Now in its ninth year, the week of dining deals at favorite Midtown restaurants will run from Saturday, September 6 through Sunday, September 14.

Midtown Restaurant Week 2014More than 40 restaurants will be offering three course prix fixe lunch, brunch and dinner menus for $15, $25 or $35 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol.

Participating restaurants include 4th & Swift, 10th & Piedmont, Abattoir, Apres Diem, Article 14, Atlantic Grill, Atmosphere, Bantam + Biddy, Chick-A-Biddy, Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, Do at the View, Ecco, Eclectic Bistro & Bar, Einstein’s, Eleven, Escorpion, FLIP burger boutique, G’s Midtown, HOBNOB, Hudson Grille Midtown, Joe’s on Juniper, Livingston Restaurant & Bar, Lobby Bar & Bistro, LPC, Lure, Max’s Wine Dive, Meehan’s Public House, Nakato, ONE. Midtown Kitchen, Park 75, Pasta da Pulcinella, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Rosa Mexicano, Serpas True Food, South City Kitchen, Steel Restaurant & Lounge, STK Atlanta, Sweet Auburn Barbecue, TABLA, The Melting Pot, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, The Pig & The Pearl, TRACE, and Zocalo.

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Reservations can be made online at Open Table or by calling the restaurants directly.

Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week 2014, Saturday, September 6 through Sunday, September 14.

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