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Alsace France by Wine By Appointment


Spring 2014 A few notes and musings from our wonderful trip to France earlier in 2014

Alsace France

France, Spring 2014 A few notes and musings from our wonderful trip to France earlier this year. We concentrated our travels in Alsace, Burgundy, and of course, Paris.

We took the train a lot and found it really affordable, easy and comfortable. We ordered a rail pass online at before we went so would highly recommend you buy before you go. You'll have to collect all of your travel tickets when you actually arrive at the train station for your first trip. Best way to see France. We took the train from Paris to Strasbourg, Strasbourg to Colmar, Colmar to Dijon, and Dijon to Paris, and then Paris to Reims and it was great.

If you can swing it, rent a car...we used EuropCar and Avis and, again, made reservations online before we went. We rented a car in Colmar and if you are not in a tour, you'll definitely need a car to get to all of the villages.

Map showing the location of Alsace region in France
Alsace France


We stayed in a number of smaller hotels, which seemed to offer the best value. In Strasbourg (Alsace), we stayed at the Regent Petite France (, a really charming hotel in the old section of Strasbourg for 2 nights. Very close to wonderful Alsatian restaurants and bars.

View of the hotel from the canal

A very surprising find was that storks live and nest on the roofs of some of the towns.

On the roof you can see massive crane nests
Strausbourg Storks

In Colmar, we stayed at the Best Western Grand Hotel Bristol (right across from the train station); again, charming (although small).

Streety view of the hotel from the train station
Colmar Hotel


I don't believe you can have bad food in France. Food in trains, train stations, on the streets, in Brasseries is all great as far as I'm concerned. Some of our favorites:


Restaurant Buerehiesel 4 Parc de l'Orangerie, 67000 Strasbourg, France +33 3 88 45 56 65 (Amazing food and atmosphere, located in a park some distance from downtown so cab is best to get there).

Outside view of the restaurant inside the city park
Strasbourg Alsace Restaurant

Restaurant "La Petite Alsace" (good, Alsatian fare with good wine list) 23, Rue du Bain aux Plantes 67000 Strasbourg

Outside view of the old timber and plaster building of the restaurant
La Petite Alsace


I had some of my teachers give me names of wineries to contact to line up reservations. It's fairly difficult to get into non-public wineries spur of the moment.

The Alsatians make it easy to visit wineries. The Wine Route ( wends through all of the Alsatian ancient villages, which all happen to have superb wineries. With 51 Grands Crus in Alsace alone, there are many choices at many price points.

Some of our favorites:

Map of the region highlighting where vineyards and wineries are.

Trimbach: ( Some of the best dry Rieslings I've had. Very accessible.

A bottle and glass of Riesling wine
Trimbach Winery Alsace

Domaine Du Moulin De Dusenbach: ( Particularly like their Pinot Noir Rose and Cremant.

View of the winery from outside

Vins D'Alsace Dany Dietrich Le Vigneron ( Nice Pinot Noirs

View of the winery from outside

View the very old massive and ornate wine barrels used

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