I Drink While Making Thanksgiving Dinner

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Germany.

Rieslings have been gracing the pages of ye olde wine blog with much more frequency in the last year due to the Wines of Germany folks sending me quarterly shipments of new releases. Riesling was my first real wine love, though admittedly the sweeter side of Riesling. Over the years I’ve grown to very much appreciate the dry refined side of Riesling.  We pulled the 2007 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese from the last 2 bottle shipment to try the other night.  Even my mom really enjoyed this bottle and she’s not a wine drinker at all!  The wine had a real cork closure, clocked in at 7.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $29.

On the nose I found lime zest, honeyed pear, green apple, wet stones, flowers, white pepper, lemon, and spice. In the mouth I got peach, honey, lemon, spice, lime zest, honey, and apple.  Overall I found the wine to be spritzy and tingly in the mouth with a very long finish.  With the low alcohol content, this wine would be great to sip while you’re prepping your upcoming Thanksgiving meal. (What, I’m not the only one who drinks while I cook that big meal, right? RIGHT? Humor me!)

 

 

Last of the Prums

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Germany in order to participate in a Twitter Taste Live.

With the Wines of Germany S.A. Prum Twitter Taste Live in the bag, I’ve had quite a few Rieslings lately that I truly enjoyed.  I would recommend any of the S.A. Prum Rieslings we tried as great accompaniments to any upcoming Thanksgiving dinners or holiday parties.  I think the wine lovers and newbies alike can appreciate the S.A. Prum line up of Rieslings.  Up last for the night we tried the 2006 S.A. Prüm Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett.  It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 9% alcohol by volume, and retails for as low as $20.

On the nose the wine smelled herbal with notes of honey, gasoline, lemon cream, wet stones, orange blossoms, flowers, and other orange fruit.  In the mouth I found honey, honeysuckle, candied apricot, candied, peach, candied peach, wet stone running through, and the herbal quality from the nose.  This was the “sweetest” wine of the group  and it kept evolving and changing as it warmed in my glass.

 

Riesling Week

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Germany so I could participate in the Wines of Germany Twitter Taste Live.

Let’s call a spade a spade here…with the 3rd day of Riesling in a row, it’s pretty much Riesling week around here! I don’t drink enough Riesling. It’s sad really, because I do love the stuff, but I often just don’t want to spend *quite* as much as it tends to cost to get a really tasty one. Another reason I’m glad I participated in this Twitter Taste Live, I found a whole line of reasonably priced delicious Rieslings.  Third up for the evening we had the 2007 S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett. It had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 8.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $19.

On the nose I definitely found that classic German Riesling petrol smell, stone fruit, almost a sense of pine needles, stones-like swimming in a quarry, herbs, peach, and lemon zest. In the mouth I got apricot, honey, candied peaches, lemon drops, sweet apples, and a little bit of the herbal from the nose following through to the mouth.  Overall I found the wine to have fantastic acidity and to be dry with a slightly sweet sensation.

Blue Label

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Germany in order to participate in the Wines of Germany Twitter Taste Live.

As I did yesterday, I have another Riesling for you today.  And another great bargain Riesling that would be elegant for any Thanksgiving dinner table.  Our second bottle for the evening was the 2007 S.S. Prüm Blue Label Riesling Kabinett. It had a screw cap closure, retails for about $19, and clocked in at 11% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I found lemon drops, lime zest, smoke, a touch of petrol that went away as soon as I smelled it, stones, stone fruit, sourdough bread, and pineapple.  This just had a fantastic nose that I wanted to keep sniffing, but alas, I had to move on so as not to hold up the Twitter Taste Live!  In the mouth I got green apple, citrus, lemon zest, lemon curd, apricots, stone fruit, and a touch of wet stones from tubing down a river.  Overall, I found the wine to be extremely dry and to have great acidity running through.

An Essence

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the P.R. folks for Wines of Germany in order to participate in a Twitter Taste Live.

Germany! We’ve moved on from Argentina and South America and found ourselves squarely in Germany. Sadly, due to a combination of circumstances, I was only able to participate in one Wines of Germany tasting, although I would have LOVED to participate in more since this first set of wines was so excellent.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Twitter Taste Live with more universal agreement as to the quality of the wines.  First up for the evening, the 2008 S.A. Prum Essence Riesling. It had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 11% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $14.

On the nose I found apple, wax, peach, pear, and flowers. In the mouth I got tropical notes, lots of pear, apple, peach, apricot, and slight honey.  I found it to be spritzy and zippy in the mouth.  The Essence is a great entry level wine, and I think it would please a lot of palates at your next party.

Wiping the Slate Clean

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR company for Wines of Germany.

Searching for an inexpensive, tasty, easy to drink Riesling to add to your everyday wine line up? Look no further, I’ve found it for you! Although I wouldn’t spend a lot of time contemplating this wine, if you were sitting outside for some simple grilled chicken or white fish, I’d recommend slurping on this bottle of 2007 Clean Slate Riesling. It has a screw cap, clocks in at just 10% alcohol by volume, and retails for under $9!

On the nose I found lemon, pineapple, almonds, tropical fruit notes, tart apple, pear, and peach.  In the mouth I got citrus, peach, lemon, apple, white peach, honey, nectarines, and a bit of tinned pears.  Overall, the wine is clean, crisp, dry, and presents loads of yummy fruit flavors. All for under $9.  Add this one to your summer line up of fun, fruity whites and hopefully, like me, you’ll forget about the humidity for a moment while sipping it.

Sing a Song of Riesling

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Germany.

Who loves Riesling? ::points at self:: That’d be me! I’ve been drinking my fair share this summer.  But I think I’d like some more. Like every night. Riesling makes a great before dinner sipper, and its nice acidity often marries well with food.  Tonight we dugthe 2007 Monchhof Riesling Kabinett out of the basement.  We drank it after dinner, where it went particularly well with the hot (but oddly dry) weather we’ve been having recently.  The wine had a screw cap, clocked in at 9% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $20.

Oh what a spicy nose! White pepper, black pepper, white peach, cardamom….I think….at least it’s something from the herb side of the spice rack….just the slighest sweet lemon, and white flowers.  In the mouth I found dried pineapple, delicious candied fruit, peach, some pear, spice, tropical notes, and a nice streak of minerality running through it.  The wine had fabulous acidity and a great long finish. I’d buy this in a heartbeat if I saw it on a shelf!