Tag Archives: white wine

Looking for summer? I’ve Got a Wine.

While many of us San Franciscans emerged our small apartments this morning snuggled up in hats, scarves and 3 layers to protect us from the bitter cold (yes, 50 degrees is bitter cold), believe it or not, it is summertime.  In the spirit of the season, I’d like to share a few of my favorites to take your mind off of the cold.

If you’re like me, you’ve jumped at every opportunity to venture out of the city, searching for the sun to warm your soul. Well those of you who’ve managed to make a mini escape – tahoe, Napa, Sonoma – or even the east bay, this one’s for you. Those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about…ie, never had to argue the moot point that “it’s not rain, it’s the fog! ” you’re better off. Either way, I’ve got a short list of a few wines I enjoy on a hot summer day.

2009 Fiddlehead Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Happy Canyon

2010 Domaine Tempier Bandol, France – Rosé

2009 Julien Sunier Morgon Beaujolais, France – 100% Gamay

All of these wines are under under $40 and, as always, if you’re interested in any of the wines, please feel free to reach out!

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).