How do you know if you like high acidity? Answer these questions: Did you love Sour Patch Kids as a child? Do you prefer your lemonade more tart than sweet? If you answered "yes," you probably love acidity in your wine. (Welcome to my club. Perhaps we will make punk-rock-inspired T-shirts for ourselves.)
'Alsace' on Serious Eats
This acid-driven white wine grape has been at it for over 500 years, and has changed gears, reinvented itself and worn any number of hats. Its future looks bright—and long.
Thanks to its cultural roots, Alsatian Riesling craves pork—pancetta, sausage, potatoes fried in pork, leg of pork, pork belly—but it gets along swimmingly with salty seafoods too.
A long, thin region on the eastern side of France, about a 2.5-hour train ride from Paris, Alsace lies on the border with Germany. The first thing you notice when you get there is how beautiful it is. Steep slopes, timbered houses, and clear light all define the landscape. Here are 14 delicious Alsatian wines to seek out.
At first sniff, you might think this Alsatian wine was going to be soft and gentle; there are hints of orange blossom and scented candles there. But focused, tart fruit trumpets forward with the first sip—it's a puckering mouthful, and bold if not quite medium-bodied at 12.5% ABV.
If you're accustomed to light, gauzy rieslings, this Alsatian wine might overwhelm. It's a powerful, supple wine, with some of the creaminess of, say, a Chardonnay, but the tartness of riesling that makes it food-friendly, and a bit of alcoholic heat at 13.5% ABV.
Despite its tongue-twisting name, it's easy to fall in love with Gewürztraminer because the grape produces wines that are aromatic, spicy, and pair brilliantly with spicy food—especially Asian food.