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Food & dining

By the Glass

Alsatian whites perfect for a lazy summer day

In the final weeks of summer, there’s nothing more relaxing than a good book and a glass of wine, the perfect lazy afternoon to blissfully postpone thoughts of a busy fall ahead. In our glass is an Alsatian white from one of France’s easternmost regions, which borders Germany (between 1870 and 1945, Alsace changed hands between France and Germany no less than four times).

Recently, we reread “Wine & War: The French, the Nazis & the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure” by Don and Petie Kladstrup (2001), which tells the riveting story of wine-growing families from Bordeaux to Burgundy, who struggled to preserve their wines – and their lives – from the Germans in World War II. Sons of the Hugel family of Alsace were inducted into the German army while the Gestapo blocked the family from selling wine, even to German merchants, as punishment for anti-Nazi sentiments.

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