With Thanksgiving kicking off the holiday season Thursday, consider buying some lush, fruity whites that can stand up to turkey and other rich foods. An important wine-growing area for these wines is Alsace, located in France’s northeastern corner. This region is famous for its distinctive aromatic, complex and flavorful whites, including pinot gris, pinot blanc and riesling. Below are two examples.
Willm 2015 Pinot Blanc Alsace
Bought • Wine and Cheese Place, 9755 Manchester Road, in November for $15.99
Description • Rich and elegant, this aromatic pinot blanc comes from the Willm family, which has been making wine in Alsace since 1896 and was the first Alsatian producer to export wine to the U.S. after prohibition. It’s a medium-bodied, soft white that tastes of peaches and nectarines with floral notes and some bakery spice. Although it’s considered dry, it’s not bone dry, and instead has a honeyed flavor and mouthfeel that suggests a hint of sweetness. It would go well with poultry and spicy dishes.
Schreyer 2015 Edelzwicker Alsace
Bought • Wine and Cheese Place, 9755 Manchester Road, in November for $13.99
Description • Most Alsatian wines are made from a single grape variety, but if you see Edelzwicker on the label, it means the wine is a blend of grapes. This one is made of 55 percent pinot blanc, 30 percent sylvaner and 15 percent pinot gris. The addition of sylvaner helps make this a lighter-bodied wine than the Willm pinot blanc. Aromatic, soft and a bit earthy, this unoaked white has notes of honey and tastes of tropical fruits. It can be enjoyed with appetizers and would go well with poultry and fish.