Philo is a pretty small place. There are 1098 inhabitants. One of our San Francisco friends told us in jest that only someone from Philo would find an Alsace vacation exciting. We beg to differ. In fact we selected Anderson Valley for our home and vineyards because of the cold climate. We hoped to emulate the wines that come from the chilly northeast corner of France. We love the fruity yet dry white wines of Alsace so they were the first grape varieties we planted in 1974. A specialty of Alsace is a blend called Edelzwicker; literally a mixture (zwicker) of Alsace's noble (edel) grapes: Gewürztraminer (34%), Riesling (32%), Pinot Gris (29%), and Muscat (5%). The price may be small but the flavors and aromas are generous and world class. Gold Medal Winner.
Ted and Deb met Professor Christophe Schneider and his wife Sophie on their second trip to Alsace in 1985. Aaron and Kat renewed the friendship in 2005. Last February, at the Anderson Valley Alsace Varietal Festival, Christophe shared his data from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research concerning rising vineyard temperatures.