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Hiking and Wine Tasting in Ribeauvillé, France

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The view from our hotel room.

The view from our hotel room.

Last weekend, S and I stepped into a post card in the French town of Ribeavillé, just a quick 2.5 hour drive from Mainz through the gorgeous French countryside.  The views along the way and the town itself made every minute in the car well worth it.  Stepping into Ribeauvillé is like stepping back in time into a sleepy French village of small half-timbered buildings where the only things to do are enjoy delicious French meals, sip the local wine varietals, smell the fresh air, and hike the Vosges to breathtaking views and century-old castles.  This town is pure relaxation as it makes you forget that things like office buildings, bank accounts, and traffic jams exist.  At the Wymann and Jean Sipp tasting rooms, we tried several Rieslings and Gewürztraminers — some dry, some sweet, and some really sweet.  We also found some amazing Pinot Noir at the little shop for Domaine du Moulin de Dusenbach.

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S and I had the perfect romantic weekend and are now hooked on exploring the wine regions around us.  As soon as possible, we’re hoping to do a biking wine tour of the Ahr Valley in Germany to try some Pinot Noir, make the drive out to Burgundy for some Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, jump over to Épernay for Champagne, and eventually drive out to Bordeaux for the mother of all wine tasting trips.  Have you been to these places and do you have any tips?  Where’s your favorite wine region?

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Ribeavillé: What we did and where.

Where we stayed:  Hôtel-Restaurant Au Lion

Lunch:  Le Girsberg.  Excellent wines and food.  I had a mouth watering dish of au gratin potatoes with ham and gruyere cheese.

Dinner: Hôtel-Restaurant du Mouton.  The best (and only, but still fabulously delicious) Coq au Riesling I’ve ever had.  The restaurant is adorable and the service is excellent. 

Wine Tastings: Wymann and Jean Sipp

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Hiking with a bottle of wine and a baguette is the only way to hike in France.

Hiking with a bottle of wine and a baguette is the only way to hike in France.

A little picnic of Pinot Noir and bison sausage.

A little picnic of Pinot Noir and bison sausage.  Obviously I wasn’t prepared for the hike with proper footwear…or socks, for that matter.

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On the way home, we stumbled upon Fort Simserhof on the Maginot Line.

On the way home, we stumbled upon Fort Simserhof on the Maginot Line.

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I'm an American living in Mainz, Germany and, after a a one-year sabbatical from office life, working as a corporate lawyer in Frankfurt. While living in Europe with my fiancé, my goals are to see as much art, taste as much food, and experience as much life as possible.

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  1. What an enchanting place! Definitely a special spot to revisit…again and again!! This chapter needs a subtitle, Col…Once Upon A Time!

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  2. Pingback: Coq au Riesling | Leap

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