Alsace: Put dryness levels on the front label

And the grape names, too By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 30 June 2018 This may seem a bit like a rant, but I have been living the better part of the last 20 years in Alsace. And I like Alsatian wine very much. The theme of this post? Info! And with Alsace, customers want (more […]

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Divine Alsace

Competitive wine prices and friendly faces By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  14 June 2018 It was an enjoyable wine evening earlier this month, Sunday 10 June, at Domaine Josmeyer in Wintzenheim. Lady winemakers who form the group DiVINes d’Alsace poured their wines. Alsace is so rich in soil types and terroirs that the sheer number […]

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Eating well in Alsace

Le Buerehiesel in Strasbourg (restaurant review) By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 24 March 2018 OK so it cost me more than €120 … but lunch here was fabulous. I had enjoyed lunch here a few years back with a work colleague and it was a positive experience for about the same price. But this time, it […]

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Alsace 2016: the paradoxical vintage

Deceptively soft spoken Zind-Humbrecht 19 March 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  Another year, and another chance to taste the fine wines crafted at Domaine Zind Humbrecht. Known to produce some of the best Alsatian wines sold in both France and in international markets, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht also offers a “bird’s eye” view of each vintage […]

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Lunchtime finesse

Restaurant Review: La Casserole By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  3 March 2018 You want to eat lunch (very) well in Strasbourg? I get plenty of requests on where to dine in this lovely Alsatian capital, and just before the snow started falling yesterday afternoon, I revisited La Casserole at 24 rue des Juifs – Tel +33 […]

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Not really amazing, but worth the detour

Restaurant Review: Au Moulin de la Wantzenau By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 22 February 2018 For the second time in three years (this is, perhaps, too infrequent), I enjoyed a fine meal at Au Moulin in the Wantzenau: about a 15 minute drive outside Strasbourg. It is not a Michelin rated restaurant, but excels in […]

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Valentines Day Pity

Palate shame and pain in a blind tasting By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 14 February 2018 Today is a day of love. I could use some humble pie. A dear friend gathered some people over to his place the other evening for his birthday party and – as he had done two years ago – […]

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When is the right time for a wine?

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  28 January 2018 I suppose the short answer is “anytime” but that would be too facile. January has been always a great month for me to hook up with wine loving friends, old and new, in Washington D.C. during the holiday season, when I take an extended holiday break from […]

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Current gold indeed

Zind-Humbrecht 2015 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 16 March 2017 In 2015, I reported for Decanter on the Alsace harvest as being warmer than usual. The Alsatian Wine Council (CIVA), for example, had allowed acidification in Alsace for the first time since 2003, because acidities were lower than in previous years. But, acidity is above […]

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Domaine Albert Mann: innovative and friendly

Enjoying annual open doors – and trying 2015s By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  5 May 2016 You want great wine at a good value? Sure, you can find that in many wine regions. But in Alsace, where so many grands crus exists, so many complicated names, and confusion over whether a wine is sweet, off […]

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