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By Michael Dresser | June 12, 2002
2000 Domaines Schlumberger Alsace Pinot Blanc ($14). This sleek, exotic, dry pinot blanc was the best value among four excellent new releases by Domaines Schlumberger, a terrific producer that sounds much more appealing in French (shloom-BARE-zhay). This pinot blanc isn't as weighty as many from Alsace, but it's beautifully delineated, long-finishing and complex - with a flavor mix that includes pear, peach, melon, coconut, litchi and honey. Try this wine with spicy Asian dishes, pork, poultry or seafood.
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By Michael Dresser | February 3, 2010
From: Alsace, France Price: $17 Serve with: White-fleshed fish, Asian cuisines Sure, it's a bit cheesy to recommend "Cuvee Les Amours" in time for Valentine's Day, but you've got to grab every edge you can in the game of love. There'd be nothing seductive about the name on the bottle if the wine on the inside were subpar. But this full-bodied, mature white from one of Alsace's top producers is alive with flavors of spices, lemon, minerals, peach and apricot. It's dry, but its abundant fruit and smooth texture give the impression of sweetness - a delightful paradox.
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By Michael Dresser | February 6, 2002
2000 Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris Reserve ($14). This exquisitely balanced, racy, dry and full-bodied white wine from Alsace presents a wonderful alternative to oaky chardonnays. It displays lively flavors of pears, peaches, melon, honey, nuts, spices and coconut. Try it with salmon, turkey or Asian cuisine. This is the same grape as Italy's pinot grigio but with more muscle and flavor. One caveat: Don't confuse the pinot gris with Sparr's 2000 Pinot Blanc - a mild disappointment in this vintage.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | May 17, 2006
This California white wine from the House of Bonny Doon is one of the usual suspects in wine warden Randall Grahm's lineup of high-quality beverages. This clean, crisp, dry yet fruity wine - guarded by a fierce-looking but very protective screw cap - assaults the taster with flavors of pear, citrus fruit, melons, peach, honey and apple. It then finishes off the unsuspecting palate with a shank-thrust of grassy sauvignon blanc - a co-conspirator with viognier, chenin blanc, French colombard, pinot blanc and marsanne in this criminally decadent blend.
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By Michael Dresser | February 7, 2001
1999 "Hugel" Cuvee les Amours Pinot Blanc ($12). This vibrant young white wine from the French region of Alsace offers refreshing flavors of pear, lemon, coconut, minerals and sweet corn. Made in a popular style, it doesn't try to emulate the thickest, richest pinot blancs. It's more of a light, celebratory wine to serve with seafood, quiche or to be simply sipped by itself.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER and MICHAEL DRESSER,SUN WINE CRITIC | November 4, 1998
Pinot gris and pinot blanc are two white-wine varieties grown in the Alsace region of France and, increasingly, in Oregon. They are names that are well worth keeping in mind during the Thanksgiving season.While most white wines fade into insignificance in the face of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, the better examples of these varieties hold their own.That can be useful to know, because not everybody can drink the red wines that go so well with roast turkey with all the trimmings.While some of us enjoy red wine with impunity, many people pay a steep price in headaches for a single glass.
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By Michael Dresser | August 18, 2004
2002 Schlumberger "Les Princes Abbes" Pinot Blanc ($17). There's a delightful interplay of pure fruit flavors in this lively white wine from Alsace. It's almost enough to make you forget it's dry. It offers vibrant flavors of lemon, melon, pear, lychee, cherries and minerals. Its texture is silky but there's plenty of crisp acidity. This is one of the easiest-to-drink sipping wines you could imagine, but it also would pair well with turkey, pork or spicy Asian dishes.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | May 17, 2006
This California white wine from the House of Bonny Doon is one of the usual suspects in wine warden Randall Grahm's lineup of high-quality beverages. This clean, crisp, dry yet fruity wine - guarded by a fierce-looking but very protective screw cap - assaults the taster with flavors of pear, citrus fruit, melons, peach, honey and apple. It then finishes off the unsuspecting palate with a shank-thrust of grassy sauvignon blanc - a co-conspirator with viognier, chenin blanc, French colombard, pinot blanc and marsanne in this criminally decadent blend.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | May 3, 1995
In a fine year, just about any winemaker can turn out an excellent product. It's the difficult vintages that really separate the women from the girls.That lesson is amply demonstrated by tasting the wines produced in France's picturesque white wine region of Alsace in 1993.Overall, the picture isn't very pretty. Because of rains during the harvest, many of the wines are dilute, wimpy beverages with little character.But from tasting its wines, you wouldn't know a drop had fallen anywhere in the vicinity of Domaine Weinbach during the 1993 harvest.
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By Michael Dresser | March 27, 1994
The following Alsace wines were bought in Maryland and the District of Columbia in recent months. Within each varietal, they are listed in order of preference.Pinot blanc* 1992 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Reserve "Clos des Capucins" ($12). This ripe, lush, lovely wine with the creamy texture and flavors of peach, pear and tropical fruit will delight wine drinkers over the next two years. Exceptional value.* 1991 Marcel Deiss, Bergheim ($11). This intense wine would be perfect with salmon. It displays wonderful pear, melon, litchi and mineral flavors.
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By Michael Dresser | August 18, 2004
2002 Schlumberger "Les Princes Abbes" Pinot Blanc ($17). There's a delightful interplay of pure fruit flavors in this lively white wine from Alsace. It's almost enough to make you forget it's dry. It offers vibrant flavors of lemon, melon, pear, lychee, cherries and minerals. Its texture is silky but there's plenty of crisp acidity. This is one of the easiest-to-drink sipping wines you could imagine, but it also would pair well with turkey, pork or spicy Asian dishes.
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By Michael Dresser | June 12, 2002
2000 Domaines Schlumberger Alsace Pinot Blanc ($14). This sleek, exotic, dry pinot blanc was the best value among four excellent new releases by Domaines Schlumberger, a terrific producer that sounds much more appealing in French (shloom-BARE-zhay). This pinot blanc isn't as weighty as many from Alsace, but it's beautifully delineated, long-finishing and complex - with a flavor mix that includes pear, peach, melon, coconut, litchi and honey. Try this wine with spicy Asian dishes, pork, poultry or seafood.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser | February 6, 2002
2000 Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris Reserve ($14). This exquisitely balanced, racy, dry and full-bodied white wine from Alsace presents a wonderful alternative to oaky chardonnays. It displays lively flavors of pears, peaches, melon, honey, nuts, spices and coconut. Try it with salmon, turkey or Asian cuisine. This is the same grape as Italy's pinot grigio but with more muscle and flavor. One caveat: Don't confuse the pinot gris with Sparr's 2000 Pinot Blanc - a mild disappointment in this vintage.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | October 3, 2001
Those cheap scoundrels who make wine in the French region of Alsace save a bundle of money by refusing to invest in expensive new oak barrels. And what do we consumers get from their stinginess? Great white wine. Wine in which you can taste the pure fruit of the vine and the character of the soil. Everything from great values for under $10 to world-class white wines at moderately expensive prices. Some of the world's best white wine benefits from oak influence, of course. If you're working with chardonnay you almost have to. But oak can be heavy and overbearing.
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By Michael Dresser | February 7, 2001
1999 "Hugel" Cuvee les Amours Pinot Blanc ($12). This vibrant young white wine from the French region of Alsace offers refreshing flavors of pear, lemon, coconut, minerals and sweet corn. Made in a popular style, it doesn't try to emulate the thickest, richest pinot blancs. It's more of a light, celebratory wine to serve with seafood, quiche or to be simply sipped by itself.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Wine Critic | April 5, 2000
Persuading American wine drinkers to try the white wines of Alsace is a little like talking a 10-year-old into eating sushi. It's not impossible, but you have to be one heck of a salesman. More accomplished wine writers than I tried, only to have their words vanish into the Chardonnay Zone. All you have to do to learn the score is to visit your neighborhood wine store and compare the number of bottles of Alsace wine to the number of California chardonnay. Or Chilean chardonnay. Or Italian pinot grigio.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | October 27, 1991
These under-$10 wines were selected by The Sun as the 10 best out of about 60 suggested by area retailers.White1989 Ockenheimer Hochenmuhle Riesling Spatlese Trocken, Merz ($9.99, Germany). This Terry Theise selection was the finest wine out of all those tasted. The intensity of the mineral flavors in this dry wine is mind-boggling.1990 Basignani Riesling ($8.99, Maryland). You don't always have to go far from home. This dry-styled wine, deliciously fruity, structured wine is made a few miles north of Hunt Valley and it's the best dry American riesling I've tasted, bar none.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Wine Critic | April 5, 2000
Persuading American wine drinkers to try the white wines of Alsace is a little like talking a 10-year-old into eating sushi. It's not impossible, but you have to be one heck of a salesman. More accomplished wine writers than I tried, only to have their words vanish into the Chardonnay Zone. All you have to do to learn the score is to visit your neighborhood wine store and compare the number of bottles of Alsace wine to the number of California chardonnay. Or Chilean chardonnay. Or Italian pinot grigio.
FEATURES
By MICHAEL DRESSER and MICHAEL DRESSER,SUN WINE CRITIC | November 4, 1998
Pinot gris and pinot blanc are two white-wine varieties grown in the Alsace region of France and, increasingly, in Oregon. They are names that are well worth keeping in mind during the Thanksgiving season.While most white wines fade into insignificance in the face of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, the better examples of these varieties hold their own.That can be useful to know, because not everybody can drink the red wines that go so well with roast turkey with all the trimmings.While some of us enjoy red wine with impunity, many people pay a steep price in headaches for a single glass.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1995
There are some experiences in life where you move onto a celestial plane, far above the merely excellent.Imagine spending most of your life listening to symphonies by Haydn but then hearing Beethoven's Ninth for the first time. Or listening to hundreds of hillbilly singers and then hearing Hank Williams.For a white-wine enthusiast, that's what it's like tasting the Alsace wines of Zind-Humbrecht. Even in an exceptional French wine region that boasts at least a dozen excellent producers, the rieslings, gewurztraminers, pinot blancs and other wines crafted by the meticulous Olivier Humbrecht stand out.The 1993s from this remarkable producer have recently been released to a limited number of fine wine stores, giving us collectors of celestial wine experiences yet another opportunity.
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