Domaine Zind-Humbrecht mini-masterclass on Alsace Gewürztraminer & Biodynamics with Paul McKirdy.
June 3, 2019 | 10am-11:00am | Location: Vino Vino
Please join Kobrand and Paul McKirdy of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht as we explore the world of Alsace Gewürztraminer and Biodynamics through the following wines –
- Zind-Humbrecht Gewürztraminer
- Zind-Humbrecht Calcaire Gewürztraminer
- Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Monopole Gewürztraminer
- Zind-Humbrecht Hengst Grand Cru Gewürztraminer
- Zind-Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru Gewürztraminer
Paul McKirdy’s journey at Domaine Zind-Humbrecht began in the winter of 2007/2008, when he was hired as a seasonal worker for the burning of the canes left after the winter pruning. A permanent vineyard workers contract soon followed. As he learned his trade from the ground-up he was afforded more responsibilities and by the end of 2010, he had assumed full responsibility for the vinification process. After 9 years working alongside renowned vigneron Olivier Humbrecht, Paul has recently return to his roots, working as the winery’s Export Manager, where he gets to travel the world communicating his passion for biodynamics, non-interventionist winemaking and, above all, the importance of terroir.
With an unbroken winemaking lineage in Alsace since 1620, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht came by its current name in 1959 when Leonard Humbrecht married Genevieve Zind. Among the elite group of Alsatian wine estates, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht stands alone in its relentless dedication to capturing the taste of each of its distinguished vineyards. In the northeast of France, bordering Germany, Alsace’s undulating landscape is draped with vineyards, some on markedly steep slopes.
Zind-Humbrecht wines are recognized for their overriding sense of terroir because every aspect of viticulture and winemaking is tailored to achieve that goal. Winemaker Olivier Humbrecht has developed an approach based on biodynamics that includes low impact farming, organic composting, restricted yields, hand tending of the vines, native yeasts and long fermentations on the lees in oak barrels rather than stainless steel tanks. All of these efforts serve to counter the homogenization of wine profiles Olivier sees taking place around the world, in favor of wines that truly reflect a sense of their special place. Domaine Zind-Humbrecht has been organically and biodynamically farmed since 1997, earning its organic certification in 1998 (ECOCERT) and its biodynamic certification in 2002 (BIODYVIN/ ECOCERT).