Alsace is a historical region in northeastern France on the Rhine River plain. Bordering Germany and Switzerland, it has alternated between German and French control over the centuries and reflects a mix of those cultures. Its capital, Strasbourg, is centered on the Ill River’s Grand Île island, bordered by canals and home to the Gothic Cathedral Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, with its animated astronomical clock. Along with Austriaand Germany, it produces some of the most noted dry Rieslingsin the world as well as highly aromatic Gewürztraminerwines. Pepper-Flecked, Slow Roasted Swordfish with Cardamom-Carrot Infusion, served with Pinot Gris; Rib-Eye Steak with Béarnaise Sauce, served with Pinot Noir; Loin of Lamb over Lentil Ragout with Merlot Demi-Glace, served with Merlot; Poached Pear Galette (Puff Pastry Base), served with Cremant
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