Friday, January 7, 2022

Blanc Or Noir: German Wines To Delight

The wines of Germany aren’t limited to Riesling. We enjoyed a pair of Pinots certain to please.

It may be surprising to learn that Germany is a top-producing Pinot country. Pinot Noir, also known there as Spätburgunder, is the most widely produced red wine in Germany. In fact, Germany only trails France and the US in production of Pinot Noir. We’ve found Spätburgunder to be rich and delicious with high-quality bottles more affordable than you would expect.

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Pinot Blanc tends to float under the radar with Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Noir getting most of the spotlight. Germany loves Pinot Blanc, however, and is the world’s largest producer of this wine. The German name for the grape is Weissburgunder.

We opened a couple of bottles over the holidays to learn more about these wines so popular in Germany.

Selbach Oster 2017 Pinot Blanc, Mosel – The Selbach family has owned vineyards in Germany’s Mosel region since 1661. The estate includes old, ungrafted vines on south-facing slopes. The soil is mineral-rich rocky, slate soil that retains the heat. This golden-colored wine is medium-bodied with mineral notes, and comforting lemon and apple notes. This is a perfect wine for Chardonnay drinkers wishing to explore other options. The low percentage of alcohol means this is food-friendly, especially with fish dishes. Price is about $20.

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Weingut Burg Ravensburg 2017 Sulzfeld Pinot Noir, Baden – The name translates to Ravensburg Castle Winery and it is a member of the Association of German Prädikatsweingüter (VDP), which brings together the best wine producers in Germany. This German Pinot Noir wine has wonderful roasted aromas with delicious components of cherry, black currant and plums. It has more of an earthy characteristic than previous Spätburgunder we’ve tried and it’s quite lovely. The ABV is also at the lower end of the scale at 12.5%, meaning this is a versatile wine that can pair with pork and light meat entrees or with salmon or other fish dishes. At about $22, this is a great buy.

This pair of wines can match beautifully with your next meal. Be adventurous and uncork a bottle of German Pinot.

Full disclosure: These wines were received as a marketing sample.

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