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A Taste of Germany in San Francisco

It’s taken a over week to come back to reality since my vacation, and just when I thought I’d caught the last glimpse of my fairytale, the page magically turns to a wonderful evening of German Riesling.

A friend in the wine industry read about my travels to Germany and decided to invite me to a tasting.  When I arrive at the Barrel Room, 24 bottles of German riesling happily extend the length of the bar.  If you read my last post about Trocken German Riesling, this is a complete 180, as all but just one were of the Spätlese (Late Harvest) or Kabinett (Main Harvest) categorization.

Spätlese wines are the lightest of the sweet, late harvest Rieslings.  However, there was one that particularly stood out in the lineup.

The 2003 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese, with a touch of oak, great acidity and a slight effervescence, this sweet style Rielsling was among the best that I tasted.  This wine is not available

The Barrel Room co-owner, Carolyn, also shared her insight on a great Riesling produced stateside.  Paumanok 2010 Riesling Semidry Riesling from Long Island is a bright, fruit forward wine that is perfect for sipping this summer.  Paumanok Winery produces this award winning wine in New York, and it’s featured as one of the 2011 WSJwine Luxury Dozen, after having been blindly selected as one of the 12 top wines in the country.

Are you local to San Francisco and interested in buying the wine I feature in my blog? Click on the link to either of the wines and you can purchase directly from my Facebook Page!