he Pfalz is a major German wine-producing region and that country’s rising star. It’s got Germany’s sunniest and driest climate, and has gone from being a region that relied on mediocre crosses to make bad, cheap wine to a place that can make superior wines. About half the wines made in the Pfalz are dry. Though the Pfalz is located about 50 miles north of Alsace’s great Riesling vineyards, it has begun producing rich, dry wines that are reminiscent of those of that region.
The area makes excellent Rieslings. The best villages for Riesling are Ruppertsberg, Diedesheim, Forst, Wachenheim, Bad Durkheim, and Kallstadt. In addition to that noble grape, the Pfalz is becoming known for Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder in German), Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Gewurztraminer, and Dornfelder. The last of these is a cross that has been making surprisingly quality wines in some places.
Turn to the Pfalz for a diverse selection of mostly dry wines from many different Read more »
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