Wine and pâté tasting in Ribeauvillé

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Karl

Karl had wanted to charter a small van to take us to a number of places in Alsace. He couldn’t get one so he chartered a full-sized tour bus… for 12 people!! It picked us up at 10:30 and the first stop was for a wine tasting at Bott Frères in Ribeauvillé. At this winery, they believe the flavor of the wine should not pick up the flavor of the cask so they use mostly stainless and glass-lined cement casks. Even their few wooded casks are lined with the mineral deposit from earlier batches. Of course, they also said there are no more coopers…

Leaving there, we visited “Fois Gras de Liesel”, also in Ribeauvillé. This is a tiny shop run by a man and his wife, Marco and Marianne Willmann. They were both delightful! We were given a detailed explanation of the history of pâté de fois gras and an explanation of how it’s made. We had a tasting of both goose and duck pâté. The duck was excellent but the goose was absolutely phenomenal! Certainly a world apart from anything I’ve had here in the States. We were tempted to stay forever but, as it was, we stayed too long so our next stops were rushed.

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Karl
Karl
Lots of empty seats!!!
Lots of empty seats!!!
Goose liver
Goose liver
Inredients for a perfect pâté!
Inredients for a perfect pâté!
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