1. Drive to Alsace
2. Lunch at Taverne Alsacienne
3. Tasting at Domaine Weinbach
4. Dinner at L'Auberge De L'Ill
|Something to study whilst, er....|
|Interior of Restaurant Taverne Alsacienne|
|Cod, potato, asparagus, parsley sauce. This is a light lunch. Yes.|
|Domaine Weinbach frontage against the Schlossberg Hill|
|Pliss, do not eat ze grapes madame... zey maight |
maike you make ze noize laike ze trombone...
"Deal." he said. "Will you accept 1MDB Bonds?" I said I would check with the owner. Smartass.
The winery came to the Faller family in 1898 (Theo and Colette) and after Theo passed in 1979 it was run by Mme Colette and daughters Catherine and Laurence. Sadly, Laurence suddenly passed in 2014 at age 47 and Mme Colette in 2015 aged 85. It is now run by Catherine with sons Theo and Eddy with wines made by Ghislain Berthiot. The estate is certified biodynamic and grapes are grown organically and hand picked for passive ageing in oak.
Additional note from Julian at Julian's Eating who left a very useful comment - "the Cuvee Ste Catherine from the upper slopes of the Schlossberg has now been renamed Cuvee Colette, so you have GC Schlossberg from the lower, Colette from the higher, and Schlossberg GC Ste Catherine from the middle. But they are all superb without exception, regardless of name."
|The new owners of the Domaine after I had sold it to them. They are very happy.|
|Tasting the Weinbach wines|
|Auberge de L'Ill|
|Auberge de L'Ill gardens|
|As good as it gets - chilling at Auberge de L'Ill|
|Sunset in the gardens of Auberge de L'Ill|
|Auberge de L'Ill table setting and menu|
|Spice Crusted Red Tuna|
|Non, M'sieur, yooo cannot do ze Mossie in mai place. |
Ai weel spank you bigtime. Oui.
|Fish with Mushroom Risotto, er, Curry Puff|
|The Lobster in creamy bisque|
|Decanting the reds|
|The Duck Decanter. Hugely tempted to souvenir one. Took the photo instead.|
|The most excellent Lamb and crunchy Potato and Fennel|
|La "Peche Haeberlin"|
|Lots of chocolate in the Minardises. So good. Kills the wine, though... did we have coffee? Can't remember...|
|Wines for the night. Wheeeeee!|