Alsace – that tiny region of France that isn’t quite German, but isn’t not French. I love both the taste of wines from Alsace and the shape of their bottles. This lovely crisp 2015 white wine from “vieilles vignes” [old vines] was under $16 in the Vintages section of the LCBO.
So pretty right? Also, this is the first photo this year i took outside that i felt the warmth of my friend the Sun. Oh, i love white wine with a promise of Spring.
The flute bottle shape originated because Germanic and Alsatian wines travelled on gentle rivers to their libation destination on smooth sailing barges on the Rhine while Burgundian wines needed a sturdier bottle with a large punt [indentation at the bottom of a bottle] since they travelled a rougher road by horse and cart. I just think it’s pretty, but the thought of a gentle wine is lovely too isn’t it?
This Spring try an Alsatian Riesling in a bottle that looks eerily like my dog Lorenzo’s snout.
Heimberger Vieilles Vignes Riesling 2015—VINTAGES#: 168955 | 750 mL bottle
If you buy meat from your butcher – and why wouldn’t you – do you ask him how to prepare it?
I bought a rabbit Saturday. “Domestique?” you may ask? “UN LAPIN” I would reply with a loud French accent – while making that kissing your fingers movement that somehow signifies delicious food. It came cut into pieces which is nice since bunnys are cute and I was too hungry to have second thoughts about cooking my first rabbit.
I asked Andy (said butcher) how to cook it and he suggested braising it for 3 hours in white wine. I chose a Riesling from Alsace for my Rabbit – it was delicious – thanks Andy.
Riesling for my Rabbit
Cool thing about the wines of Alsace – There is a legal requirement for bottling Alsace wine in tall bottles commonly called flûtes d’Alsace.
Disclaimer – if you have a pet rabbit don’t let them drink Riesling. It’s not good for them. Besides that, rabbits prefer beer – you know because of the hops.
WILLM RÉSERVE RIESLING (V)
VINTAGES 11452 | Price: $ 15.95
Made in: Alsace, France
By: A. Willm