Say Riesling!!!...................lots of Riesling
03.07.2010 - 06.07.2010 30 °C
Strasbourg just feels like Davis, only a really Euro one; guys sport mullets, ridiculous ’metro’ fits, there is a system that could be called public transportation, and well, everything is just pricier. Oh yeah, the women are way flyer. But, the city boasts are large student population, city folk travel largely by bike, it finds itself along a major wein of transportation and its people are well, super laid back and chill. We left Champagne Saturday after an awesome wine tour of Georges Sohet et fils, a really small, family operated vigneron independent (aka they own the land and do all the vinification themselves) and it was awesome to see such a family operation. It is a model that is becoming less common but I think preserving such a model is one of the crucial pieces against the homogenization of wine.
At Strasburg we celebrated to 4th of July on a mother flippin boat. We all went out to this night club that had converted this ship into a nightclub. It was sick but the DJ was literally the emporer of tool bags. King Toolus was him name and he not only was a huge tool but the music sucked and he was really rude to Hillary. Who the fuck wouldn’t play lady Gaga?!!??!?!
Then we were off to a couple of nice wineries in Alsace. The ones of note were Merciel Deis and Domaine Weinbach. The Mericel Deiss guys had a really interesting way of marketing their wines, apparently returnoing to the French way of classifying their wines. They also made an impression by making a Pinot that had amazing notes of leather, salami and pepper and well had very little varietal character. It blew my mind that that could be Pinot.
The wines at Merciel Deiss were good, but she was so scripted that it just made the wines less genuine and raw as they should have been. The people of Alsace were great as we got significantly drunk, as it was common for our hosts to open up 10-15 bottles in a pouring.
It was awesome. We had a great time in Alsace.