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.
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?
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