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Jul 22nd, 2016, 04:23 PM
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Must visit wineries in Alsace?

We will go to Hugel in Riquewihr but would like to stop at one more on our day trip through the region. Should we just stop when one tickles our fancy, or is it better to do the research first? Any wineries that blew your mind?
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Jul 22nd, 2016, 04:30 PM
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>Should we just stop when one tickles our fancy, or is it better to do the research first?

Yes.

Why are you going to Hugel?

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Jul 22nd, 2016, 06:16 PM
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Yes of course research first if you care about the wine. I enjoyed Trimbach, but what "blows your mind" depends on the wine. Are you intimately familiar with Alsace wines such that it matters? If not, what does it matter?
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Jul 23rd, 2016, 06:15 AM
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I was in Hugel last year as two newly wed Americans were in tasting, they tasted the same wine as we did and the lad started pontifying about how great it was and the lass loved every word.... it was frankly so-so and very expensive so-so at that. Still the joy in her heart made my day.

I'll be in Hugel in 3 months time and I'll taste but not buy.

Trimbach too but I'll buy

Look at (S to North)
Schlumberger
R Mure
Haegelin
B Sorg
Trimbach
Rolly Gassmann
just off the top of my head

focus on Riesling, PG and Muscadet but R Mure has some fine P Noir.

Hope that helps
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Jul 23rd, 2016, 06:16 AM
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And my error of the day, Muscat, of course not -det.
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Jul 23rd, 2016, 09:16 AM
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Everyone has different wine taste. I like the dry Gewurztraminer and Riesling they serve.
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Jul 23rd, 2016, 09:27 AM
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"Everyone has different wine taste"

I'm not sure that is true, I do recognise different people have different taste buds, but much of what we were taught in school about taste buds is based on poor scientific research.

I do recognise that there are uneducated tasters who "know what I like" and they really [email protected]@s me off when they front major wineries of shippers

Still the good news is that if you are right and people have different tastes then hopefully they go drink stuff I don't like (we all win that way)

Hugel; nothing wrong with Hugel, just the price/quality equation is wrong there, they've followed the marketing and now sell moderate stuff in their bottom two ranges.

Gewurtz, one of my favorites too, the tricky bit is to get the price breaks right, I find over E65 is not only outside my wallet but way above my taste buds (just too intense and poor value) but loads of stuff in the E10 to E35 range, especially if you like the sweeter stuff.
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