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The Younger Member Forum Tastes the Wines of Germany

On Tuesday I hosted the San Jose Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers  (ASCE) Younger Member Forum.  Civil Engineer and Officer Matt Bower put it simply – “we work on the city’s infrastructure” – from buildings to roads to reservoirs.

That being said, there were some great questions including “what is the soil like in the Nahe region?” – thoughtful questions that we like to hear!  Given the rocky terrain of the region, the soil definitely played a  part in the mineral and slate he tasted in the wine.

The crowd was quite engaged in both the tasting and conversations amongst their peers. Overall a successful event with great folks, great food and great wine.

Here’s the list:

NV Solter Spätburgunder Rosé Deutscher Sekt Brut
Rheingau and Baden, Germany | Pinot Noir

2009 Emrich-Schönleber Riesling QbA Trocken
Nahe, Germany | Riesling

2009 Reinert Wawern Ritterpfad, Riesling Spätlese
Mosel (Saar), Germany | Riesling

2009 König Assmannshausen Höllenberg, Spätburgunder Kabinett Trocken
Rheingau, Germany | Pinot Noir

Wine Tasting for Engineers with Brits Wine

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!


Part 2: Württemberg Riesling

In Stuttgart’s red light district, down a cobblestone road strewn with prostitutes and men huddled in the doorways of kitschy bars, lies an upscale restaurant and wine bar. Those who stumble into it after a lively night, and locals who frequent the restaurant, are fortunate to know it exists.

I was lucky enough to be taken here, and was introduced to an exceptional riesling. The wine is from Württemberg, Bavaria, and it’s a dry white wine with exceptional minerality and fruit characteristics.

2011 Weingut Gerhard Aldinger Untertürkheimer Gips Rieslin Ttrocken, Württemberg, Germany

While some prefer a sweeter style of Riesling, this dry, or, trocken style is my preference. It maintains the natural characteristics of the wine – mineralality, stone fruit, chalk.

As Riesling becomes more popular in the new world style wines, some winemakers have begun to add sugar to their processes. If you’ve read my blog about Sancerre, you may be able to pick up on a pattern here. To each his own, but don’t disregard Riesling based on the generalization and fallacy that it is merely an exceptionally sweet desert wine.

If you have the chance to enjoy a German Riesling, look for the classifications on the wine label, it indicates a wine that is dry (trocken) rather than off-dry (halbtrocken), sweeter (lieblich) or sweet (süß).