Wine X Magazine
|U N D E R S T A N D I N G . G E R M A N . W I N E|
|German wines offer some of the best values in the market today. The problemis understanding all those voweless words on their labels. Well, for a quick lesson
in understanding German wines and the regions they come from, read on. We’ll explore the
grapes, the regions and a few German gems we’ve tasted recently.
|REGIONSAhr – red wines from pinot noir and portugieser; a few whites from riesling and muller-thurgau.
Mittelrhein – white wines from riesling, muller-thurgau and kerner.
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer – white wines from riesling, muller-thurgau and elbling.
Rheingau – white wines from riesling; red wines from pinot noir (spatburgunder).
Nahe – white wines from muller-thurgau, riesling and silvaner.
Rheinhessen – white wines from muller-thurgau, silvaner and riesling; red wines from pinot noir (spatburgunder).
Pfalz – white wines from riesling, muller-thurgau, kerner, silvaner and morio-muskat; red wines from portugieser.
Franken – white wines from muller-thurgau and silvaner, usually bottled in a squat, green flagon called a bocksbeutel.
Hessische Bergstrasse – white wines from riesling, muller-thurgau and silvaner.
Wurttemberg – largest red wine region in germany. red wines from trollinger, mullerrebe (pinot meunier), spatburgunder (pinot noir), portugieser and lemberger; whites from riesling, muller-thurgau, kerner and silvaner.
Baden – white wines from muller-thurgau, rulander (pinot gris), gutedel, gewurztraminer and riesling; reds from spatburgunder (pinot noir). a popular rose wine is spatburgunder weissherbst.
Saale-Unstrut – white wines from muller-thurgau, silvaner and weissburgunder (pinot blanc).
Sachsen – white wines from muller-thurgau (rivaner), weissburgunder (pinot blanc) and traminer.
|G R A P E S
Muller-Thurgau – flowery bouquet; milder acidity than Riesling; slight muscat flavor; best consumed young.
Riesling – fragrant; citrus and peach fruit bouquet; pronounced acidity; potential for aging, but enjoyable young.
Silvaner – neutral bouquet; mild acidity; full-bodied; best enjoyed young.
Kerner – light muscat bouquet; racy, lively acidity; similar to Riesling.
Scheurebe – lively acidity; bouquet and taste reminiscent of black currants.
Rulander/Grauburgunder – robust, full-bodied, smooth, soft and full on the palate.
Spatburgunder – full-bodied, with hints of almonds.
Portugieser – light, mild, easy-going, best consumed young.
Trollinger – fragrant, fresh, fruity, good acidity, hearty.
|F Y I
There are three levels of German wine quality:Tafelwein
which designates an ordinary table wine, made from normally ripe grapes and usually served in 1 litre jugs. In other words, a good cheap drunk.
Qualitatswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (Q.b.A.)
Qualitatswein mit Pradikat (Q.m.P.)