By James Atkinson – editor TheShout

Premium wine buyers from around the globe and the international wine press have arrived in Colmar, France for the second Millésimes Alsace wine trade fair.

A total of 170 trade and journalists attended an introductory tasting hosted by Divines D'Alsace – a group comprised of some of the region's leading female wine professionals – on Sunday night at Domaine Stentz-Buecher in Wettolsheim.

The tasting along with Monday's Millésimes Alsace trade fair and a week of media activities aim to boost global awareness of Alsace wines and shed misconceptions about the region.

The fair has a special focus on fine Riesling, but also features some top examples of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Crémant d’Alsace (sparkling wine) and Pinot Noir.

Around 90 of the best-known Alsace producers will exhibit at the bi-annual fair, which attracted 650 visitors on its debut in 2012 and aspires to become an essential date in the international wine calendar.

A masterclass hosted by some of the world's top sommeliers and a workshop on older vintages complete Monday's programme.

The 2014 fair is being organised by Colmar Expo and CIVA, the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace.

Below: Tasting underway at Stentz-Buecher

The Shout Team

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