Archive for the ‘Alsace’ Category

New Website From Ostertag

Very few of our producers speak English, let alone write it, so we often find ourselves translating updates on vintage conditions and descriptions of new wines that our producers send us. One great exception is André Ostertag, the enigmatic Alsatian vigneron known for his classic, chiseled, dry wines. He not only speaks but writes in […]

A Crusade for Alsace Part III: Meyer-Fonné

History runs deep at Domaine Meyer-Fonné. The ancestors of vigneron Félix Meyer emigrated to Katzenthal from Switzerland in 1732. The family’s winemaking tradition began in the late 19th century, when Félix’s great grandfather purchased their property and the house where the domaine still sits and started growing vines.  Katzenthal is known for its steep hillsides […]

A Crusade for Alsace Part I

If you are a regular reader of the Kermit Lynch newsletter, you might be aware of Dixon Brooke’s reverence for the wines of Alsace. He regularly extols the many virtues of our three Alsatian domaines and recently wrote: “Forgive me if I seem to be playing a familiar tune, but I am determined to turn […]

A Testament to Quality

I vividly remember the first staff tasting of Alsatian producer Meyer-Fonné in January of 2007. We recently received a shipment of a dozen or so of their Rieslings, Pinot Blancs, Gewurztraminers, and Pinot Gris bottlings and Kermit was excited to show them off to the staff. He had tasted samples in France with Daniel Ravier, […]

Tasting Recap – Thursday, April 9th

Well, another staff wine tasting here at the wine shop and we have photos to boot! The beauty of working at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant is that the sales staff has ample opportunities to taste everything new, and literally, right off the boat. Our lonesome white of the night was the 2008 Vin de Pays […]

Tasting Recap – Thursday, March 26th

Last week’s staff tasting at the Berkeley shop featured a line-up of classic Kermit Lynch imports. Kermit likes to taste white before red, young before old, and north to south so we started off far to the north in Alsace with a couple wines from Maison Kuentz-Bas. Kuentz-Bas strives for a traditional style of winemaking, […]