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German Wine Regions (3/3)

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Germany and its wines occupy various zones and areas of great beauty in the country. It deserves to know about its wine regions and learn about the different wines. We’ll stop at other areas to find these varieties, grapes, wines and extension.

Mittelrhein

Although it’s small in size, it offers diverse and important wines, such as Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Kerner, the first being the most prominent of them with a 70% of all varieties. These varieties are available in areas of the city of Bacharach and surroundings. We also found the Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) grapes.

Saale-Unstrut region

It is perhaps one of the most beautiful areas in which we can explore landscapes full of vineyards. It includes more than 30 varieties of grapes, from which we see the variety of Müller-Thurgau, Weissburgunder and Silvaner. There are also Riesling and Gutedel white wines. While among the red Portugieser, Blauer Zweigelt or Spätburgunder are the highlights. Approximately 500 producers are dedicated to produce in here, making high quality wines.

Platz or Palatinate region

A large part of the vineyards are located in the region of Mittelhaardt. The area brings together more than 5,000 hectares area and highlights the Riesling above any other variety. It is not surprising, therefore, that is one of the most exported German wines. We can also find white wine varieties such as Gewürztraminer and Scheurebe, and red varieties are Dornfelder, Portugieser, Spätburgunder and Regent. About 3,000 families are involved in wine production in this area, many of which sell in their own warehouses.

A long tradition in Rheingau

It is extended for over 3,000 hectares of vineyard area were the Riesling it’s farmed mostly. Other varieties that can be found are Spätburgunder, Müller-Thurgau, Ehrenfelser, Weissburgunder, although, international varieties like Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc are the order of the day.

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Pawis Freyburg Edelacker Weißer Burgunder Trocken 2014:  a red wine with Saale-Unstrut DO made with 2011 grapes and 14º of alcohol.

 

 

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Hey Naumburger Blauer Zweigelt Trocken 2011:  a red wine with Saale-Unstrut DO made with 2011 grapes and 14º of alcohol.

 

 

Let’s celebrate German Unity Day!

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When planning my particularly German style celebration I find out that I am in doubt, because I do not know if going for a beer afternoon or a nice evening around a good selection of Riesling wines. I also do not rule out the possibility of including some proposals regarding apple cider or wine, so typical of this central European country as well.

Given the proximity of the Oktoberfest it would be nice to focus my attention on the beers, to warm up. Dark beer, white beer, pils … the options are too many and the afternoon of the 3rd of October has a limited amount of hours (and we have to get up early the next day), so I think that I will just focus on three proposals which will start by a Warsteiner tasting. I love this beer. I will serve it as a starter together with some pretzels accompanied by seasoned German sausages with curry sauce.

My next beer for the day will be an Erdinger, a Franziskaner or a Weihenstephaner Dunkel 20, because we cannot miss a wheat beer on this evening of celebration. It?s the perfect time to  start with the real food, something with authentic German flavor like Saxony loin or some kind of smoked poultry accompanied by sauerkraut. I cannot wait!

For the finishing touch, I will end the evening with a Urbock Eggenberger, although it really is unclear to me whether this beer is German or if it is Austrian, but its international recognition and high alcoholic content prompt me to want to try it for the first time on this Germanic inspiration day.

If at last I can resist this exciting beer offer, I could not expect less from Germany, and I decide to celebrate the national day of the country with wine, I will for sure buy Riesling. I still wonder if I will go by some from the Rhein area like Tower Classic Black or Blue Nun (which also exists in its low alcohol content version, with only 0.5%), or if I will choose some Mosel white wine, like Dr. Loosen.

Whatever my choice is I already know that I will have it together with a delicious plate of fish such as herring or smoked eel, with potatoes and, of course, a few shots of schnapps to finish the day and ensure a proper digestion.

 Let’s go to Germany! You’ll feel as a typical “deutsch” with this drinks:

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Warsteiner, the most selled german beer all over the qorld.

 

 

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Blue Nun Riesling 2009, an excelent riesling at a great prize

More varieties of white grape

Many of you have commented on the previous post on Twitter, missing some white grape types. As discussed, the post was talking about some white grapes. However, since your wish is my command, here are some more, so you can buy wine knowing what flavor you seek:

 - Verdejo

The verdejo grape has boomed since the late years, when has jumped from Rueda, where it originated and was the ?queen?, to many other areas now investigating and working it with relative success. Verdejo wines usually have a very light color, something that is taken as a merit, and a flavor somewhere between sour and bitter (sour at first, and slightly bitter aftertaste at the end). Hence, people identify the sour aromas of the grape with those from green apple, citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit), and even pineapple and banana. A good verdejo wine usually comes pretty inexpensive compared to other grapes, like the Afortunado 2010, which is really delicious.

Malvasia

Malvasia is a grape that produces intense golden yellow wines, with aromas of peach, litchi, pineapple… In the same manner verdejo is midway between sour and bitter, malvasia is halfway between sour and sweet, although the latter usually prevails. This plant is very delicate, so there are no great malvasia vineyards, but is often used to give a sweet touch to some white wines, except in the Canary Islands, producing great wines of this variety, for example, El Grifo Malvasia Seco 2011.

Macabeo (or viura)

The macabeo/viura is one of the most widespread grapes, since it resists the cold very well and is sensitive to Botrytis, a mold that is used to elaborate certain sweet wines such as Tokay. It produces a wine with delicate aromas of fresh grass, hay, white flowers and pale yellow color with green shades, slightly alcoholic. Ideal for white rice or gnocchi. It is widely used as a mixture for the production of cava. There are not many macabeo varietal wines, which tend to be very dry. Still, there are good white wines from macabeo such as Albet I Noya 3 Macabeus 2009, a special and delicate wine.

Muscat

We continue with the muscat grape, which can be both red and white, though normally used only in white wines. As the grape skin is what gives color to the wine, when using the red muscat grapes, the must has to be separated from the skin immediately, in order to avoid its coloration. Still, muscat wines tend to be amber or copper colored. As malvasia, it contains quite sugar, so usually holds up well over time, and the raisin can be used to make sweet wines (the muscat wines we have ever known). It has aromas of honey, peaches in syrup, candied fruits… A very good young muscat wine (less sweet) at a great price is Reymos, from the appellation of origin Valencia.

Riesling

Finally, although there are still many, we end, at least for today, with the riesling, a grape which produces wines with very light colors with bright highlights, and aromas of green apple, citrus and orange flowers. It is a wine with low alcohol and is used especially in cold areas, since otherwise it can be poorly aromatic. If you want to try a tasty wine from this grape, Sumarroca elaborates the Sumarroca Riesling 2011, which has very good value for money.

Synonyms for grape names (part III)

Grapes

Albano, canine Tosca…

No, we are not talking about artists, or operas, or animals. Today we will continue with the different names that grapes may receive.
Grapes receive very curious names sometimes. Some of them are very old and others which end up passing. Lets know more about synonyms of grapes names. How many can you identify?

Sangiovese – is one of the most famous Italian grapes, one of the oldest and her name means “Blood of Jupiter”, but it is also knownas Brunello, Brunello Di Montalcino, Calabrese, Cardisco, Cordisio, Dolcetto Precoce, Ingannacane, Lambrusco Mendoza, Maglioppa, Montepulciano, Morellino, Morellone, Negretta, Nerino, Niella, Nielluccia, Nielluccio, Pigniuolo Rosso, Pignolo, Plant Romain, Primaticcio, Prugnolo, Prugnolo Di Montepulciano, Prugnolo Gentile, Prugnolo Gentile Di Montepulciano, Riminese, San Zoveto, Sancivetro, Sangineto, Sangiovese Dal Cannello Lungo, Sangiovese Di Lamole, Sangiovese Di Romagna, Sangiovese Dolce, Sangiovese Gentile, Sangiovese Grosso, Sangiovese Nostrano, Sangiovese Toscano, Sangioveto Dell’Elba, Sangioveto Dolce, Sangioveto Grosso, Sangioveto Montanino, Sanvincetro, Sanzoveto, Tignolo, Tipsa, Toustain, Abruzzi grape, Tosca grape, Uvetta, San Gioveto, brunella grape and Canina grape.

Chenin – This white grape of French originis produced in almost allwine producing countries, is also known as: Anjou, Blanc d’Aunis, Capbreton Blanc (Landes, Francia), Confort, Coue Fort, Cruchinet, Cugnette, Feher Chenin, Franc Blanc, Franche, Gout Fort, Luarskoe, Pineau d’Anjou, Pineau de Briollay, Pineau de la Loire, Pineau de Savennières, Pineau Gros, Pineau Gros de Vouvray, Pineau Nantais, Plant de Brézé , Romorantin, Plant de Salces, Plant de Salles, Plant du Clair de Lune, Quefort, Rajoulin, Rouchalin, Rougelin, Steen (Sudáfrica), Stein, Tête de Crabe, Vaalblaar Stein, Verdurant, Blanc d’Anjou, Gros Chenin, Gros Pinot Blanc de la Loire, Plant d’Anjou and  Gamet blanc.

Riesling – This grape originated in central Europe, is one of the most popular in Germany, that is why it receives so many synonyms as: Beregi Riesling, Beyaz Riesling, Biela Grasevina, Dinca Grasiva Biela, Edelriesling, Edle Gewuerztraube, Feher Rajnai, Gentil Aromatique, Gentile Aromatique, Gewuerzriesling, Gewuerztraube, Graefenberger, Graschevina, Grasevina Rajnska, Grauer Riesling, Grobriesling, Hochheimer, Johannisberg, Johannisberger, Karbacher Riesling, Kastellberger, Kis Rizling, Kleigelberger, Kleiner Riesling, Kleinriesler, Kleinriesling, Klingelberger, Krauses, Krausses Roessling, Lipka, Moselriesling, Niederlaender, Oberkircher, Oberlaender, Petit Rhin, Petit Riesling, Petracine, Pfaelzer, Pfefferl, Piros Rajnai Rizling, Pussilla, Raisin Du Rhin, Rajinski Rizling, Rajnai Rizling, Rajnski Ruzling, Rano, Reichsriesling, Reissler, Remo, Rendu, Reno, Renski Rizling, Rezlik, Rezlin, Rezlink, Rhein Riesling, Rheingauer, Rheinriesling, Rhiesling, Riesler, Riesling Bianco, Riesling Blanc, Riesling De Rhin, Riesling Echter Weisser, Riesling Edler, Riesling Gelb Mosel E43, Riesling Giallo, Riesling Grosso, Riesling Gruener Mosel, Riesling Mosel, Riesling Reinskii, Riesling Rhenan, Riesling Rhine, Rieslinger, Rislinenok, Rislinok, Rizling Linner, Rizling Rajinski, Rizling Rajnai, Rizling Rajnski, Rizling Reinskii, Rizling Rynsky, Roessling, Rohac, Rossling, Rosslinger, Ruessel, Ruessling, Russel, Ryn-Riesling, Ryzlink Rynsky, Starosvetske, Starovetski, Szuerke Rizling, Pussila grape and Weisser Riesling.

Trebbiano – This is a white grape which originates in the Eastern Mediterranean at the Roman times. Also known as: Albano, biancone, blanc auba, blanc de cadillac, blancoun, bobiano, bonebeou, branquinha, brocanico, bubbiano, buriano, buzzetto, cadillac, cadillate, castelli, castelli romani, castillone, chator, clairette d’Afrique, clairette de Vence, clairette ronde, engana rapazes, espadeiro branco, falanchina, greco, gredelin, hermitage white, juni blan, lugana, malvasía fina, muscadet aigre, padeiro branco, perugino, procanico, procanico dell’isola d’Elba, procanico portoferraio, queue de Renard, romani, rossan de Nice, rossetto, rossola, rossula, roussan, roussea, rusciola, saint emilion, saint emilion des Charentes, santoro, shiraz white, spoletino, talia, trebbianello, trebbiano, trebbiano della fiamma, trebbiano di Cesene, trebbiano di Empoli, trebbiano di Lucca, trebbiano di Tortona, trebbiano fiorentino, trebbiano toscano, trebbianone, tribbiano, tribbiano forte, turbiano, ugni blanc, trebbiano di Soave, trebbiano romagnolo, trebbiano gallo, bouan, beau, thalia and trebbiano d’Abruzzo.

Pedro Ximenez – This is a grape originally from Spain muscat type, also known as: Ximénez, Jimenez, Ximénès, Pedro, Pedro Giménez, Pedro Jimenez, Pedro Khimenes, Pedro Ximénès, Pedro Ximenes De Jerez, Pedro Ximenez De Montilla, Pero Ximen, Pasa Rosada De Malaga, Uva Pero Ximenez, Uva Pero Ximen, Pero Ximenez, Alamis De Totana, Uva Totanera, Alamis, Myuskadel, Ximenecia, and the abbreviation PX.

Do you want to try some of these wines? At your service!

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This wine has a combination of Riesling, Chardonnay, Müller-Thurgau, Macabeo, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Parellada, Viognier, Albariño and Rousanne. Ay caramba, it has everything!, right?

Buy Auzells 2009 10,70

 

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Malaga is a charming area with special sweet wines. López Hermanos – brings us a sweet wine that blends the Mediterranean character, sweet, young and – modern that we like best, as the family-style.

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White grapes’ aromas

Classic questions in those who approach to the world of wine tasting are on the aromas. How does this wine smell? What should you smell? The smell of one thing or another, is it good or bad?
White Wine GlassIf you’ve ever seen in movies the classic sketch in which an expert is able to reveal the vintage, type of grape, the origin, the make and even if the keeper of the wine cellar had cached a cold in October, you cannot help feeling frustrated, when then you go and smell a wine and you?re not able to identify any does things. However, it is normal at first not to know how does the wine you taste exactly smells. 

In my case, the transition has been far more natural than that. I tasted a wine, and if I liked it I would look at the label and tried to remember the name. Later, what type of grape was? In varietal wines, went gradually finding matches between a Chardonnay, for example, and a different grape. So I learned the aromas given off by each grape.
I could not name the aromas, but I knew the difference between a Macabeo and Riesling.
I always recommend start on tasting white wine, because the range of aromas are much different between each other (floral, fruit, herbs, honey ,…) than red wines, which can also include aromas of barrel aging .

Finally, in a tasting course they gave me the proper names for the impressions perceived. And so I began to be considered as an assessor, but I like to think I’m just a wine lover.
“Do grapes smell different? Yes, as you know a cherry tomato is different form a pear tomato. But if you make a gazpacho mixing these two varieties, it would be difficult to distinguish them. So If you’re interested in learning how to taste wines start with varietals in order to recognize each grape individually.

The smell of one thing or another, is it good or bad? Depends on whether you like the scent or not. There are very faithful to the generic flavor of the grape wines, because the grape winery that wants to take his best, but some wineries (or winemakers) make completely different wines, in which you can hardly recognize the grapes, because they want to emphasize that their vineyards are unique and different, or are able to obtain new flavors in this variety. Everything is ok if you like the result.
What should a white wine smell like? Who knows. Throughout history a standard of aromas have been established, which are the aromas that are usually present in each type of grape. But it is not the same a Gewürztraminer grown in La Mancha than in Austria.Even with a particular wine, as the vineyard ages or external factors change (global warming, new pressing and lift, winemakers contributions), the resulting wine might have change its aromas.
Finally, we must consider that it will not smell the same when wine grapes are collected green, from those collected mellow. It is Logical, right?

Albariño GrapesThe standard of white grapes are more or less, the following:

? Chardonnay: Green apple, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, banana, …
? Riesling: Green apple, citrus, quince, smoked, spicy, petroleum, …
? Gewürztraminer: rose, gardenia, lychee, mango, peach, …
? Macabeo / Viura: green fruit, apple, white flowers, wine, …
Muscat: There are as many varieties of Muscat as aromas. Also, when it comes to wine varietal it overripe grapes are often used: candied fruits, honey, dried rose petals, orange blossom, peaches in syrup, …
Sauvignon Blanc: ripe fruit, smoke, asparagus, green pepper, passion fruit, …
Albariño: golden apple, honey, apricot, floral, …
Airen: banana, pineapple, hay, barley, lavender, …
Malmsey: white fruit, lemon, peach, plum, …
Palomino: Lima, bitter almonds, aniseed, salt, balsamic, …
Verdejo: White fruit, green grass, mango, melon, fennel, …
Can a wine made from these grapes smell like something else? Yes, of course. Additionally, the name of the aroma must be named after whatever that aroma reminds you. In some tasting notes can be read: aromas “dew of a morning in October,” “recently changed sheets”, “red apple cut in two”,? bakery working full time “,… seem absurd, but if you read carefully that would bring up to your mind some aroma.
How do we know if a wine that smells like apple is a Chardonnay, Riesling, Macabeo, Albariño or any other grape? Well, the aromas are not exclusive. The same wine has several flavors at once, so try to identify other aromas in the glass to help you to decide. More than a recommendation it is an obligation for those who like wine: try, try, try and try …

When drinking your wine is not enough

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If it is too hot this summer to comfortably enjoy your Cab, you can try it in sorbet form now thanks to Wine Cellars sorbet. Although I’ve seen other wine flavored ice creams and sorbets before, this was the first time I’d come across the company designed soley on this idea. The result is a range from riesling, to pinot noir, to rosé or port…all made with actual wine, though they are non-alcoholic. In my mind this opens up all kinds of interesting possibilities, like a frozen version of brunch- Heston Blumenthal style bacon and egg ice cream paired with mimosa sorbet, for example, or gazpacho sorbet and sangria sorbet for a Spanish themed lunch…

If you don’t have access to these sorbets, you can try your hand at making one with only water, sugar, and your choice of wine. Let me know how they turn out! 

Cheers to Spain!

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Bottles of cava were popped all over Spain last night to celebrate  the winners of the 2010 World Cup, echoing the fireworks, horns, and shouts that could be heard until late in the night. If you want to join in the spirit you can salute the Spanish team with a glass of Segura Viudas Brut Reserva.

 

https://www.uvinum.co.uk/blog/assets/uploads/sites/3/2010/07/700774-269485.jpgHowever, if you are Dutch, you might well be contemplating what kind of wine goes well with octopus. A white with good acidity would be a strong partner, for example a Garganega from Italy or a German Riesling. A Spanish Albariño would also be a great choice; if you cannot forgive the football victory at least you can concede the Spanish make good wine!