01 Immerse Yourself in Modern Alsace’s Diverse Terroir, Cultivars, Geology, History and Gastronomy – Thierry Meyer
The appreciation and understanding of Alsace wines is often limited to knowing its grape varieties. Very little has been written about Alsace and its wines compared to other French wine regions. And yet, Alsace probably has the most diversity of terroirs in all of France with 200+ terroir types, and 1,000 producers crafting more than 10,000 cuvées of dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet or sweet wines every year, diverse, Alsace is diverse, multi-faceted and a world onto itself. Delve into Alsace with the insight of Alsace expert and resident, Thierry Meyer, lead-instructor for French Wine Society.
02 Winds of Change Are Blowing Through Alsace – Thierry Meyer
Thierry Meyer was born and raised in Alsace. He began writing about wine in 1999 when he started using the newly emerging wine forums to share tasting notes and insights on the 1000 Alsace+ wines he tastes each year. In 2006, Thierry founded L’Oenothèque Alsace, one of the most comprehensive modern resources dedicated to Alsace wines. At the same time, he started to promote a program of structured Alsace wine master classes and dinners, each dedicated to a specific theme and each aimed at discovering the richness and variety of Alsace wines in all categories. In 2001, Thierry started his signature dinner series dedicated to Alsace wines. These have quickly become an important occasion for wine lovers from all over the world to experience fine Alsace food paired with some of the finest wines in the world. Here’s a link to the free webinar on Alsace wine, done spring 2014, for French Wine Society as well as short extracts of some of the Master Level Webinar. The program is still available on demand.
03 “The Most Loved Wine Bible Contest” on Facebook and “Mastering Wine with Karen MacNeil” – Karen MacNeil
Got a torn, tattered, and marked-up “Wine Bible”? Submit it to “The Most Loved Wine Bible Contest” to win a private wine seminar for four people with Karen MacNeil in the Napa Valley. To enter, send two photos of your book, your full name and email address to Karen@karenmacneil.com or post it to the “Most Loved Wine Bible Contest” Facebook page. A new winner is chosen every month until the “NEW Wine Bible” release Spring 2015. Join Karen at the next “Mastering Wine with Karen MacNeil” week long class, July 14 – 18, at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley.
04 Blue Plate American Themed San Francisco Restaurant Celebrates 15th Anniversary in Wine-Style – Alan Goldfarb
Alan Goldfarb, Wine Journalist, Media Relations Consultant, based out of San Francisco and Oakland, recently paid a dining visit to Blue Plate, a small restaurant on the fringes of San Francisco’s hottest restaurant neighborhood, the Mission. It just celebrated its 15th anniversary that featured a week long wine special — offering a flight of wines each night from a single winery at only $15 per flight! Blue Plate’s food is decidedly American with modern versions of the fried chicken, meat loaf, and other comfort foods.