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Gewurztraminer is a well-known grape variety that has a high potential for aromatic intensity, diversities of style, different expressions of terroir and a good potential for aging.  Often described as being too powerful, too rich or too sweet, consumers and sommeliers need to challenge themselves, get out of their comfort zone and embrace the uniqueness of Gewurztraminer. Eric will take us on an exploration of this grape variety and where it is found around the world and also describe which types of foods best pair with this distinct varietal.   

Presenter: Eric Zwiebel, MS

Eric Zwiebel MS is Cellar Master at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Dorset. Born in Alsace, he began his wine career early on by helping his parents in their restaurant, before working as Sommelier in Paris for 5 Years 

Following his experience in Paris, he decided to move to London to broaden his knowledge of the many different wine regions and take courses offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Two years later, in 2001, Eric achieved his MS qualification.

In 2004, he was named Best Sommelier of the UK, which he followed up with 3rd place at the Best Sommelier of Europe competitions in 2006 and 2008. He reached the finals in the Best Sommelier of the World competition in 2007 and placed 4th at the 2013 competition in Tokyo.

Published in Grape Varieties

This episode is Part 2 of a conversation with Olivier Humbrecht, MW and Andrew Jefford about Alsace. The first part covered Olivier's journey to become France's first Master of Wine, as well as the history and vineyards of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht.

Part 2 picks up with Olivier's philosophy of non-interventionism and biodynamic principles and practices in the vineyard. In addition to Olivier's approach to farming and yield management, we discuss wine making techniques, pressing, long fermentations, and climate change.

Published in Blog

This episode features a conversation with Andrew Jefford, of Decanter Magazine, and Wine Scholar Guild’s Academic Advisor, and Olivier Humbrecht, of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht (Zind HUMbrescht) and Master of Wine.

Done in two parts, this first half of the interview will first cover Olivier’s accomplished journey as France’s first Master of Wine, and the history and vineyards of the domaine.

Published in Blog

There’s no wine region I enjoy visiting more than Alsace. 

It’s beautiful, of course – and not just the half-timbered houses around which a profusion of flowers seem to float, or the grand hillside vineyards romping up to the forested Vosges mountains, always somehow bigger and more imposing in scale than those of Burgundy. The growers are fascinating characters, too, as if their historical and geographical position, wedged between (and much fought-over by) France and Germany, has given them an independence of thought which eludes those with a more settled position in each wine culture. 

Then there’s the wines. It’s commonplace to say that Alsace wines are underappreciated -- but it’s true. For me, no white wine region can offer more diversity and intrigue than Alsace, nor does any single regional range of white wines appeal more to my palate...

Published in Blog
Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:51

Alsace Wine Who's Who with Thierry Meyer

As with all wine regions, there is a list of producers with whom every wine student should be familiar to understand the diversity and complexity of the wines produced.

In Alsace the list is long: some names are familiar, like Zind-Humbrecht, Weinbach, Deiss, Léon Beyer, Hugel, Trimbach, Klipfel, Gustave Lorentz , JB Adam, Kuentz-Bas, Arthur Metz, and Schlumberger.

Others are known in only small circles, such as Patrick Meyer, Christian Binner, and  Jean-Pierre Frick. Find out why these names are among the “who’s who”!

Presenter: Thierry Meyer

Thierry Meyer was born and raised in Alsace, France. He began writing about wine in 1999, using the newly-emerging internet wine forums to share tasting notes and insights into the wines of Alsace.

In 2001, Thierry started his signature dinner series, dedicated to pairing Alsace wines with fine food. He founded L’Oenothèque Alsace in 2006 and launched the website oenoalsace.com, one of the most comprehensive website dedicated to Alsace wines. At the same time he started to promote a program of structured Alsace wine masterclasses and dinners.

From 2007 to 2011, Thierry was contributing editor of Le Guide Bettane & Desseauve des Vins de France, the influential French wine guide.

In 2014, Thierry started to lead the new Alsace Master-level education program for the French Wine Society, the leading provider of French wine study and certification programs internationally.

Learn more about Alsace wines:

Delve into Alsace with the insight of Alsace wine experts and masterful instructors... sign up for the Alsace Master-Level program and Alsace Study Trips. Learn more about French wines with the French Wine Scholar study & certification program.

Published in Alsace wines

Get a thorough view of Alsatian Riesling from an expert on Alsace! This grape variety with the highest reputation in Alsace can produce wines with an incredibly wide range of styles, from dry to sweet. This session will also explore the mineral dimensions of all Alsace terroirs. Learn about the supposedly famous and typical petrol aromas, about what is a truly dry Riesling, and discover how a famous producers' Riesling style may be better explained by its distinctive terroir of origin rather than by its winemaking style.

Presenter: Thierry Meyer

Thierry Meyer was born and raised in Alsace, France. He began writing about wine in 1999, using the newly-emerging internet wine forums to share tasting notes and insights into the wines of Alsace.

In 2001, Thierry started his signature dinner series, dedicated to pairing Alsace wines with fine food. He founded L’Oenothèque Alsace in 2006 and launched the website oenoalsace.com, one of the most comprehensive website dedicated to Alsace wines. At the same time he started to promote a program of structured Alsace wine masterclasses and dinners.

From 2007 to 2011, Thierry was contributing editor of Le Guide Bettane & Desseauve des Vins de France, the influential French wine guide.

In 2014, Thierry started to lead the new Alsace Master-level education program for the Wine Scholar Guild, the leading provider of French wine study and certification programs internationally.

Study Alsace wines in-depth with our Alsace Master-Level Program and Alsace Study Trips. Learn more about French wines with the French Wine Scholar study & certification program.

Published in Alsace wines
  • Do you prefer Rieslings that are floral or fruity?
  • Or do you appreciate an Old World style of Riesling with a petrol character?

Regardless of your preference, the characteristics of the wines you enjoy come from the vineyard. Climate, site, and vineyard management practices directly impact the production of specific flavors and aromas in wine grapes.

In this webinar you will learn how the unique Riesling qualities you value are produced in the vineyard and how climatic variation impacts those traits.

Presenter: Justine Vanden Heuvel

Justine Vanden Heuvel is an Associate Professor in Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science. She is actively involved in both research and teaching. She co-teaches the popular “Wines & Vines” class at Cornell, as well as more advanced courses including “Principles and Practices of Growing Grapes and Making Wines”.

Dr. Vanden Heuvel’s research focuses on optimizing flavors and aromas in wine grapes, and improving both the environmental and economic sustainability of wine grape production systems in cool climates. In response to the broad needs of the grape and wine industry, her program has established a strong focus on multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches.

Dr. Vanden Heuvel is widely published in the field, with some of her most recent work appearing in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, HortTechnology and the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. She is currently writing a textbook intended for college-level introductory courses in Viticulture and Enology.

Bibliography

  • Reynolds, A.G., I.V. Senchuk, C. van der Reest, C. de Savigny. 2007. Use of GPS and GIS for elucidation of terroir: Spatial variation in an Ontario Riesling vineyard. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 58: 145-162.
  • Fischer, U., D. Roth, and M. Christmann. 1999. The impact of geographic origin, vintage, and wine estate on sensory properties of Vitis vinifera cv. Riesling wines. Food Quality and Preference 10: 281-288.
  • Meyers, J.M., G.L. Sacks, and J.E. Vanden Heuvel. 2013. Glycosylated aroma compound responses in ‘Riesling’ grapes to cluster exposure and vine yield. HortTechnology 23: 581-588.
  • Vanden Heuvel, J.E. and T.L. Preszler, 2014. Cluster thinning in Late Harvest Riesling: Does it pay? Wines and Vines Magazine, May issue: 90-97.
  • Kwasniewski, M.T., J.E. Vanden Heuvel, B. Pan, and G.L. Sacks. 2010. Timing of cluster light environment manipulation during grape development affects C13 norisoprenoid and carotenoid concentration of Riesling. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 58: 6841-6849.
  • Reynolds, A.G., D.A. Wardle, M.A. Cliff, and M. King. 2004. Impact of training system and vine spacing on vine performance, berry composition, and wine sensory attributes in Riesling. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 55: 96-103.
  • Preszler, T.L., T.M. Schmit, and J.E. Vanden Heuvel. 2010. A model to establish economically sustainable cluster thinning practices. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 61: 140-146.
  • Preszler, T.L., T.M.Schmit, and J.E. Vanden Heuvel. 2013. Cluster thinning reduces the economic sustainability of Riesling production. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 64: 333-341.
  • Reynolds, A.G. and J.E. Vanden Heuvel. 2009. Influence of grapevine training systems on vine growth and fruit composition: A review. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 60: 251-268.

Study Alsace wines in-depth with our Alsace Master-Level Program and Alsace Study Trips. Learn more about French wines with the French Wine Scholar study & certification program.

Published in Viticulture
Thursday, 19 September 2013 05:00

Alsace Terroirs with Olivier Humbrecht MW

Join Olivier Humbrecht MW, owner and winemaker of Domaine Zind Humbrecht for an open discussion on the terroirs of Alsace and their impact on vine and wine. Olivier will demonstrate how today’s understanding of the multiple terroirs of Alsace is driving the region toward a more diverse and specific range of AOCs.

Olivier is one of the world’s only winemakers to attain Master of Wine status. Biodynamically farmed, Domaine Zind Humbrecht produces some of Alsace’s most sumptuous and sought-after wines.

The webinar will conclude with a tutored tasting of two of the domaine’s wines:

2010 Riesling Heimbourg ($55/btl)
93 points. A rich,dry white, with luxurious, tactile texture of raw silk, this offers a spicy mineral base and layered flavors of green melon, pink grapefruit zest, honey, fleur de sel and macerated peach, all structured by firm, mouthwatering acidity.
Wine Spectator, 10/2012

2010 Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urban Grand Cru ($100/btl)
93 points. A lovely wine, with a minerally undertow and finely tuned acidity framing apricot, kumquat, acacia blossom, smoke and crystallized honey notes that show a hint of lychee. A zesty thread of spice winds through the wine and lingers on the subtle finish.
Wine Spectator, 10/2012

Study Alsace wines in-depth with our Alsace Master-Level Program and Alsace Study Trips. Learn more about French wines with the French Wine Scholar study & certification program.

Published in Alsace wines
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