Alsace. It is definitely a part of France but also enjoys close proximity to its geographical neighbor Germany. The results are prime climatic conditions and terroir for cultivating Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, and Pinot Gris, coupled with centuries of French wine making experience.
A Wine Media Guild Wines of Alsace lunch sponsored by member Tracy Ellen Kamens at Felidia Restaurant on 243 East 58th. Street in Midtown New York City showcased some affordable and quality white varietals. A standout among the Riesling included the 2012 Francois Baur Riesling Herrenweg, an aromatic selection bursting with the fruity ripeness of summer apricots, pears and peaches, fresh minerality as well as pronounced acidity on the finish.
A Gewürztraminer like the 2012 Ehrhardt Gewürztraminer Herrenweg is the way to go for wine drinkers who enjoy fruity and floral white wines. This one has a silky roundness and notes of fresh, fully ripe, summer fruit.
Pinot Gris, otherwise known as Pinot Grigio, will also delight wine drinkers who lean towards this fruit-dominant style. Pinot Gris such as the 2012 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris has a bouquet reminiscent of apricot orchards, overtones full of freshly picked fruit and a subtle salinity.
Pair these with oysters, mild French and Italian cheeses, ceviche, chicken and seafood salads.