Sip & Savor A Taste Of Alsace With Ruhlmann-Schutz Wines
Alsace is a beautiful wine region that people should give a little more love and attention to. It borders France and Germany. The region has flip flopped between being under control by Germany or France ,which is why you can see an influence of both countries. There are three major AOCs in Alsace: Alsace AOC, Crémant d’Alsace AOC, and Alsace Grand Cru AOC. Most of the wine that comes from the region is white wine with an emphasis on Riesling.
I had the opportunity to give up close and personal with Ruhlmann-Schutz Wines. During the evening, the ambassador for Ruhlmann, Fabien Christophe, paired their wines with French- Vietnamese cuisine at Le Colonial NYC.
We kicked things off with the Ruhlmann Signature Jean Charles d’Alsace ($19.99) .This dry wine has notes of lemon and mandarin. It would make a nice f apéritif sto any meal or perfect to pair with tapas.
It took me awhile to appreciate Riesling, but I finally got there. It was actually a workshop on wines from Alsace that I realized not all Rieslings are incredible sweet. It was one of the reasons I never went near the wine. Maybe it’s something special about Alsace, because I really enjoyed the Ruhlmann Riesling Vieilles Vignes- Blettig 2014 ($14).
As for the Ruhlmann Gewürztraminer Vieilles Vignes 2014 ($20), It’s very aromatic and clean on the palate. It’s an excellent wine for seafood.
Both of the white wines were delicious with the Muoi Va Hat Tieu Tom which ( Whole Tiger Prawns, Five Spice, Asian Shallots, Garlic, and Chiles). Either wine works depending on a person’s palate and what flavors were their focus.
I’m not the kind of girl who says no to dessert so the Bittersweet Chocolate Cake as totally my jam. I still had a little of the Crémant left and has a bit of that with the dessert cause why not.
When we parted I was gifted a bottle of Ruhlmann Harmonie de Rosé Crémant d’Alsace ($23.00). I have restrained myself to wait till I have the perfect meal to pair it with. But the days are numbered for that bottle. I can’t wait to taste it.
Next time you want to be a little bit adventure with wine, find a wine from Alsace. Ruhlmann is a good winery to start with. Since 1688 the Ruhlmann family has been producing wine and schnapps in the Alsace wine region of Dambach-la Ville.
It’s a region your palate will fall in love with. It’s probably the wine region I’m most fascinated with, not to mention it’s stunning. I hope to make it there one day. Until then I’ll let my palate take the trip, join me won’t you.