With their distinctive sleek and elegant bottles, wines from Alsace are easily recognizable.
That “Alsatian flute”? For many, means that a sweet, mild wine awaits inside the bottle—but is that always the case?
Located in France’s north-east, snuggled close to Germany, the beautiful region of Alsace produces the country’s vast majority of white wines, with numerous local grape varieties providing vintages with a distinct personality. Wines are often produced from a single cepage, which is often noted on bottle labels.
The French tend to make rather dry white wines, while Germany’s tends to make them semi-dry. So, how does Alsace—sandwiched between the two—make its wines?
Riesling from Alsace is often dry, in contrast with German Riesling. Gewürztraminer is often marked by a residual sweetness. As for Muscats and Pinot Gris, it’s a little more difficult to generalize, but it’s safe to say that Muscats are often dry, whereas Pinot Gris are often slightly sweet.
So, now that you know that Alsatian wines aren’t always sweet, how can you make sure that you get a sweet wine when you want a sweet wine? When you’re picking up a bottle, always have a look at the SAQ taste tag! If the wine is Fruity and Light, it will be a rather sweet wine. If you’re looking at these taste tags: Delicate and Light, Fruity and Vibrant, and Aromatic and Mellow, then you’re buying a dry wine. Looking for something special, or have a specific taste in mind? Don’t hesitate to ask one of our advisors, and discover all that Alsace has to offer!
How to tell a wine’s sugar content
You can easily find a wine’s sugar content on a product’s price tag in-store, or by clicking on the Detailed info section on SAQ.COM.