I am admittedly late to the game here, but I tasted preserved lemons for the first time recently and it was a revelation. Originating in the Middle East, and used regularly in Indian and North African dishes, preserved lemons are salty, pickled, slightly fermented, tangy, savory, and sweet. I now keep a jar in the fridge to add a dash of umami to basically everything—heirloom beans, salad dressings, rice dishes, and even fish tacos. Since my cooking will never be the same, neither will my drinking. Due to its flavor profile, this one staple ingredient has piqued my curiosity further in the direction of Alsace. Here are just a few of the wines that work beautifully with my new favorite condiment.
A fragrant blend of mostly Riesling and Muscat, this organically grown Gentil is crisp and lean and works like a reset button for your palate. A standout value, it has everything going for it—a bit of pear, delicate mimosa flower, and an undeniable whiff of coriander on the nose. Versatile. Friendly. Thirst-quenching.
I had this bottle of Les Jardins open for several days, and it only improved. Served cool enough to frost up your glass, it’s more refreshing than an ice-cold lemonade, and certainly more mineral! We know Riesling has a knack for expressing place with maximal precision, but never is that more true than in the hands of an Ostertag, whose biodynamic house style is all about vibrant terroir.
When you taste an irreproachable wine like this one, you wonder why Alsace seems to have so much to prove to the drinking public. This musky Pinot Blanc is weightless, sultry, and lengthy as the day is long. It’s an age-worthy wine for the loyal lover of Alsace and all of its glorious idiosyncrasies.
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