ALSACE

THE STYLE An intensely floral style. Impeccably dry. Anything-but-shy. These light- to medium-bodied, mainly white varietals are labeled to identify a single grape, rather than vineyard site (as is the norm in France)

THE GRAPES Elegant Riesling. Spicy Gewurztraminer. Fresh-floral Pinot Blanc and four others.

THE TYPES Dry while wines and a superb sparkler, Cremant d’Alsace.

THE TASTE Floral notes of mimosa and orange blossom. Hints of citrus. And always, crispness.

FOOD CUES Ideal with seafood, fowl, quiche, sausages and pates (Alsace favorites), pasta, curries, and other exotic cuisines.

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