Alsace Rocks: Exploring the Region's Grand Crus

Alsace Rocks: Exploring the Region's Grand Crus

Event Info:

  • Friday, November 18
  • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
  • Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
  • Intermediate Knowledge
  • Trade Only

Session Description

“Alsace Rocks” will explore Alsace’s varied and unique terroir and its impact on the region’s famous expressive wines. There are 13 distinct soil types in Alsace, making it the most varied terroir in all of France. This seminar will explore those different "rocks" through the 51 Grand Crus of Alsace.

Josh Nadel, Beverage Director for the NoHo Hospitality Group in New York City, will lead the group on a journey through Alsace, using the Grand Crus as a framework to teach them about this historic wine region, its vineyards, soils, climate, grape varieties and production methods. The group will taste 10 different Grand Cru wines from a range of grapes (such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris) and soil types (such as granite, marl-limestone, sandstone-clay and volcanic).

Objectives: An educational seminar and tasting on Alsace, that will highlight the varied soil types of Alsace’s 51 Grand Crus that produce such outstanding aromatic and complex wines.

Learning Outcomes: Attendees will have a much firmer grasp on what makes Alsace such a unique and interesting wine region. They will taste the same grape variety grown on a range of soil types and see how big of a difference it makes in each wine’s characteristics.

Skills: The attendees will have a much deeper understanding of Alsace, its wines, terroir, soils and grape varieties, and what makes this the wine region of “pure expression.”

Open to Members of the Trade Only.


Josh Nadel
Josh Nadel
Beverage Director | NoHo Hospitality Group