German wine 101

We stock German wine that will make your friends weak at the knees, but it’s best to know what you’re buying before you rock up to their house and brag about it. There’s grape varieties to consider, wine making regions, and even the name on the label. Where to start?! Let’s begin with the basics.

Grapes

Not all grapes taste the same, especially when it comes to wine. Climate and the fermentation process affects the notes you inhale when opening a bottle. German wine made in warm and sunny regions will always taste different from those grown in cooler climates with low sun exposure.

Regions

German Liquor Supplies imports products from two of the best winemaking regions: Oberkircher and Rudesheim am Rhein.

The latter, despite being a small town of 10,000, attracts tourists thanks to its winemaking prowess. It’s part of the UNESCO-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley and grows Riesling grapes.

Oberkirch sits close to Switzerland and its known for schnapps as well as wine. Oberkirch is orchard/vine country and winemaking process has been passed down through the generations. If you need another useful piece of information, Oberkirch distilleries grow their fruits in the Black Forest. Like the cake! Next time you get a gateau, pick up a Oberkircher red!

 

Riesling

These grapes are ripe for picking between September to December. Late season grapes used to make dessert wine are harvested in January. This variety has more sugar content and is more expensive.

Riesling grapes make a German wine. They’re green/white and emit citrusy, floral notes. The high acidity makes them perfect for dry wines.

Pinot Gris

This German wine is a near clone of pinot noir. The latter creates a red wine and has burgundy skin. Pinot gris also has burgundy skin, though slightly lighter, and produces white wine.

The fermenting process takes  three week at a minimum. The end result is a dry, fruity wine with notes of honey, cloves, and other spices.

 

Gluhwein

This is a spiced red wine traditionally enjoyed during Christmas time, though It was first drunk by messengers on long journeys to give them more pep. The wine is served hot and is infused with cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, and other spices.

 

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