Sunday, 19 August 2012

Foire aux Vins

The last week flew past, my girls have just headed back to England. Though last week there was the best opportunity to give the girls a little lesson in the wine of the region at the Foire aux Vins.

In Alsace there are seven varieties of grape that are used to make the wine. They are; Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir. I also introduced them to Crémant, which is a sophisticated sparking wine from the region. It is not champagne as champagne is made in the region of Champagne. There are also the Alsace Grand Crus which are made from the most prestigious vineyards in Alsace.

Though at the wine festival there is also a lot more than wine, there are different stalls that sell clothes, jewellery, gadgets for the kitchen, utensils for the home, beds, sofas and even yet more alcohol. There are also a large variety of places that you can eat. There are quick stalls that sell paninis, kebabs etc. But there is also a lot of restaurants that you can enjoy a proper meal. Us girls treated our selves to some Murano Glass jewellery. 

On a few occasions last week we found ourselves at the Foire Aux Vins, each night we went I made the girls try different types of wine. 


So on our third night there I introduced the girls to the girls to more wine from the region. This time it was the prestigious Crémant, and we ended up drinking bottles of it. We went for dinner with the family at the Cabaret Colmarien, which is dinner was served up with a show. There was a few different acts, from clowns, acrobats, magicians to contortionist.  Dinner was a choice of typical dishes from the region. The girls tried the choucroutte while mum, my tatie and I had the tete au veau. So after dinner we went to go for a last drink all together.

The night still continued when we got home, we stayed up till the bottles where emptied and all the topics of gossip where covered. We curled up in bed and slept into the late morning. 

Bonne Degustation. 

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