But do not get confused with the German Reisling which is a sweet
wine, as the Reisling from Alsace is a dry well balanced wine that accompanies fish, shell
fish and poultry dishes with absolute ease, and is a great addition to the traditional
French food while you are on holiday in France.
Riesling is known as the finest wine from the most elegant grape in the Alsace region and is also served with the local dishes of smoked
ham and saurkraut.
This region has been producing wine since the Roman times and has become quite exclusive
in its production from the grape varieties that are used.
There are three main types of most important wines produced in the Alsace region, with
Reisling being the highest, followed by Gewurztraminer, then by Sylvaner.
We have already generally covered the Reisling, that is said by many to be a gentle yet
dry fine wine, but Gewurztraminer is the most typical wine from Alsace.
You will find that the main characteristics of this wine provide spicy, fruity and strong
aromas, often with a floral type smell, but this wine is slightly sweeter than that of the
Because it is known to be a richer wine, it is more often served with sausages, spicy
dishes, curries, oriental dishes and because it can also be aged it is also the
recommended choice with saurcrout.
Sylvaner is a fresh and fruity wine that originally came from Austria only around 2
centuries ago, which again is reasonably dry and is best served young with fish or as an