Tag Archives: Germany

In My Glass: Fall Pinot Noirs from Germany’s Pfalz and Rheinhessen Regions

No other varietal evokes autumn with its bright skies, colorful foliage, brisk days, and crunchy earthiness like Pinot Noir. Quite simply, it is simply fall in a glass. No doubt, my impression can be traced back to having traveled to some of my favorite Pinot regions, including Willamette Valley, North Fork Long Island, and Sonoma […]

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In My Glass: 2010 Fischer Sauvignon Blanc (Baden, Germany)

It is not often that one finds German Sauvignon Blanc on US wine store shelves. In fact, as recently as 1995, Germany did not grow any Sauvignon Blanc. According to the Deutsches Weininstitut’s annual report, a mere 0.5% of Germany’s vineyards – a grand total of 581 hectares – were planted with Sauvignon Blanc in […]

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Dinner – Set – Match: 2007 Weingut Grans Fassian Piesporter Riesling Kabinett and Thai Green Curry

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been tweeting tips and tidbits gleaned from a set of books about German wine that I won from Wines of Germany USA just before Christmas. One of the books in the set, Perfect Pairings: German Wines & Asian Flavours, explores the long-held concept that German wines are […]

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Wines of Germany Presents: Riesling & Co. Vintage Tasting

Last month I had the honor and pleasure of sampling some of the great wines of Germany when the “Riesling & Co. World Tour 2012” came to New York and made a stop at 360 in Tribeca. Presented by Wines of Germany, the tasting had been billed as an opportunity to try some of the […]

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Wine Review: 2009 Weingut Schäfer Pinot Noir (Rheinhessen, Germany)

Rheinhessen is the largest wine region in Germany and nearly a third of the wines produced there are red wines. Though the 2009 harvest in Rheinhessen was somewhat smaller, it was a particularly good year for ripening Pinot Noir, according to the German Wine Institute. The ripeness shows in this Pinot from Weingut Schäfer, which […]

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Wine for 500 (or how to please everyone without resorting to the lowest common denominator)

Saturday was a big night: a celebration with 500 of my organization’s nearest and dearest donors, volunteers, and friends. I had been mulling over the wine selection for weeks, tasting various options with colleagues and on my own, writing about the results, and even getting suggestions from you, our readers. In the end, the selection […]

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Wine of the Week: 2008 August Kesseler Spätburgunder Pinot N (Rheinhessen)

Occasionally, I find a wine that is so surprisingly good that I am blown away.  The 2008 August Kesseler Spätburgunder Pinot N is one such wine. The color is garnet that is starting to turn a bit brownish. The nose and palate have ripe strawberry and blackberry, spice, brambly, and just enough mushroom and black […]

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Wine of the Week: 2009 Franz Keller Pinot Noir (Baden, Germany)

To make good on two of my wine resolutions for 2012 – to drink lighter wines and more German wines, particularly reds – I made my first wine of the new year a Franz Keller Pinot Noir. The wine comes from the Baden region in southwest Germany. Despite being the warmest winegrowing region in the […]

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Wine Review: 2009 Weingut Josef Leitz “Leitz Out” Riesling (Rheingau, Germany)

Another clever wine name from winemaker Johannes Leitz of Weingut Josef Leitz.  His “Eins, Zwei, Dry” Riesling, which I reviewed earlier this year, was one of my favorite wines this year. Whereas the “Eins, Zwei, Dry” was dominated by apple and citrus, “Leitz Out” has lots of stone fruit – imagine ripe peaches and nectarines […]

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Wine Review: 2008 P.J. Valckenberg Undone Pinot Noir (Rheinhessen, Germany)

Unoaked. Unadulterated. Crisp, dry “naked” flavor. Like the description on the back label of Undone Pinot Noir from Valckenberg, this is a straightforward wine. While Germany is better known for producing white wines, increasing numbers of vineyards are being planted to red grapes – perhaps a result of global climate change bringing conditions that allow […]

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