Gourmet Food and Wine in Alsace France
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The Alsace is known for its cute traditional French villages surrounded by vast vineyards. The options for wine tasting are incredibly overwhelming and I am sure you won’t be disappointed tasting wine at any of the wine estates you may find. However, I have a few recommendations for you listed below, that were exceptional… not only for the taste and location, but for the wine growers and their knowledgeable staff. They really were the best!
1. Domaine Dopff au Moulin
Founded in 1575, this family run winery is in Riquewihr and they are well known for their delicious Crémants.
Open everyday 10am – 7pm
2. Rolly Gassmann
This amazing winery is located in the small town of Rorschwihr. You will not find Grand Cru wines here, but a great variety of unique fruity and fresh wines from nearby vineyards. The staff are extremely friendly and encourage you to try as many as possible.
3. Domaine André Kientzler
The Kientzler Winery has been handed down from father to son for 5 generations and it definitely has that “home” feeling. Nestled in between lush, green vineyards it produces some great dry white wines. Definitely worth a visit and buying some bottles to take back.
Brewery – Brasserie du Vignoble
If you need to take a break form the amazing Alsatian wine, a brewery is always a good option! Brasserie du Vignoble is a fantastic stop. Not only does it have a great location but friendly staff, wonderful beer, a beautiful beer garden and it is surrounded by the vineyards in Riquewihr.
I loved it so much I ended up staying for another round and lunch too. Tarte Flammbée was the perfect accompaniment. With creamy goats cheese, dried fig, crispy bacon and a thin layer of white cheese sauce, it comes totally recommended and was incredibly delicious.
Open everyday: Times may differ.
Great food is not hard to come by in the Alsace. If you fancy a Michelin Restaurant, I highly recommend Restaurant ‘Au Trotthus’.
The Chef and Owner has been practicing his skills from Australia to Japan, until he landed in Riquewihr 20 years ago and opened his restaurant in a cute 16th Century Alsatian house. He has a variety of tasting menus to try, all with names of Japanese cities: Kyoto, Tokyo, Kobé. Each comes with your choice of wine pairing if you choose.
We chose the Kobé menu which included the following:
A scrumptious mix of edamame with lobster, shrimp and Japanese mushrooms and seaweed, surrounded by a creamy savoury egg custard. It was paired with a refreshing Crémant.
Next up was a a serving of Iberian pork, baked for 12 hours and with perfectly crisped glazed edges and smooth teriyaki. It was paired with a floral Pinot Gris.
A mouth watering tuna tartare with spring onion and sesame seeds, topped with trout egg and light wasabi cream. The Ponzu sauce completes the delicious course with its delicate citrusy flavour. It was paired with a more mineral Pinot Gris.
An unforgettable smoked fish nestled in smooth potato siphon, smoked Omble Chevalier and parsley oil and topped with herring caviar. It was paired with a lovely Riesling.
The incredible “melt in your mouth” Wagyu beef accompanied with ponzu and ginger sauce as as mashed potatoes with truffle. It was perfectly paired with a Pinot Noir.
Dinner would not be complete without a memorable dessert! This one did not disappoint. A sweet and sour taste of yuzu foam at the top, with hidden fresh fruit salad inside and an exquisite peach sorbet for a clean and fresh finish. It was paired with a Grand Cru Gewurztraminer.
I will leave you with a scrumptious note about breakfast in the Alsace. There is no other way to start the day except with something from the local Patisseries, and Alsace has some wonderful ones to win you over!
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Article and Photos by Amy Botha
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