Wine Talk

Snooth User: amour


Posted by amour, Mar 23, 2010.

Good heavens!

Hardly have I seen much about German Wines in our Forum.

Am I incorrect?

If so, I do apologize profusely!

Surely some of us are visitors to Germany, we may even have members among us from Germany.

Welcome all!

Let us have fun exposing our taste!


Reply by amour, Mar 23, 2010.

GERMAN  RIESLINGS are highly ranked .

Some regard them as the best RIESLINGS in the world.

 Many connoisseurs have concluded that the best white wine in the entire world is RIESLING. 

In my experience, light fish dishes and some delicate French-styled fish dishes, especially sole dishes, pair extremely well with RIESLING.

It is the diversity of style of the GERMAN RIESLINGS that make them so very exciting........dry,  off-dry,  semisweet,  sweet, sweet, sweet !

However, ALSACE RIESLINGS / FRANCE  are also lovely .

Reply by penguinoid, Mar 26, 2010.

I don't often get to try German wines, but I've had a few at wine tastings that have been beautiful - both sweet and dry. The best of them can be intense, minerally and beautifully balanced.

It's not just riesling too, great though that is. Apparently some German Sylvaners (Grüner Silvaner) can be pretty good, if it's from the right region. And there's red wines too - especially Spätburgunder (aka Pinot Noir). I've yet to try anything other than their Rieslings, though, so would be interested to hear from others who've had the chance to try them.

Reply by amour, Mar 26, 2010.

As a dessert wine, you cannot match this one:

Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest (Single Vineyard) 2007

Rhine Riesling.

I remember when it won two awards simultaneously in London, England.


Freshest, cleanest nose ever!

The Botrytis concentration was very high and so the beautiful honey

flavour in this wine is entrancing, to say the least!

Smooth and elegant lingering aftertaste!

Reply by amour, Mar 26, 2010.

Oh yes!

Sylvaner  in FRANCONIA in the BOCKSBEUTEL!

The Zotzenberg Grand Cru wines can now add Sylvaner in any

 combination with Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer.

When grown on the very best chalky MUSCHELKALK terroir, Sylvaner

produces great wines that compete heavily with the best German


Reply by Lindy Hemsley, Mar 26, 2010.

I am rather fond of German pinot blanc, especially from the Pfalz. Not as outstanding and noble as German riesling, of course, but enjoyable for its smoky roundness. It's also known as 'weissburgunder'. Are some Snoothers put off by the complexity of German wine labels?  

Reply by energetik, Mar 26, 2010.

try some white german wine with "trockenbeerenauslese" apelacion or "TBA" these are allways "best buy"

Reply by amour, Mar 26, 2010.

So happy that this thread is progressing with a range of thoughts and useful exchanges!

Just a reminder, that in SLOVAKIA, in the village of LIMBACHvarietal silvaner  wines are produced....quite pleasant they are. 

Reply by amour, Mar 26, 2010.

I remember when I first realised that SYLVANER was so neutral in

 flavour, it seemed not to interest me much.

Then I tried the blend of Sylvaner and Elbling or Riesling and found it a

 sheer delight as a dessert wine.

Reply by amour, Mar 26, 2010.

We must not be allowed to forget Croatia ...(my love of the Adriatic would not allow me to be so remiss!)...

SYLVANER  is  grown  in  SLAVONIJA and SRIJEM.....

both areas in Eastern Croatia.

Reply by amour, Mar 27, 2010.

While we get high on GERMAN  RIESLING...Guess what! ??

SLOVENIA'S  PODRAVJE region offers us fine RIESLINGS.

That region is quite near to Austria and Hungary.

Reply by amour, Mar 29, 2010.

By the way, Philip reviewed LEITZ DRAGONSTONE RIESLING 2007

.....peach syrup on nose.....

Reply by danieboi, May 29, 2010.

what are some good dry German wines under $20?  Thanks!

- DG


Reply by penguinoid, May 29, 2010.

Recently I got to try a really good Weissburgunder and two vintages of an interesting Muller Thurgau (Feldmarshcal von Fenner zu Fennberg, grown in a fairly high altitude vineyard up in the alps), from Tiefenbrunner.

Despite the Germanic names, it's from Alto Adige (aka Südtirol) in the north east of Italy. I'd forgotten that there were German-speaking regions in that part of Italy, and hadn't realised that they also made fairly Germanic wines there, too. Certainly was interesting...

Back on topic, for a good German wine under $20 you might want to look for Dr L Riesling ( or Dr Loosen Blue Slate Riesling ( These are both made by Dr Loosen, which has a pretty good reputation. I've heard their more expensive wines are also very good, but I haven't got to try them yet ...

Reply by ckscates, May 30, 2010.

I lived in German for three years and my house was right smack in the middle of Riesling country, so I visited more than a few of their wineries.  Didn't really find one I didn't like, just some better than others.  I actually tried a Pinot Noir from Germany the other day, and I was very surprised to see one in the first place, much less that it would be any good.  It was, but it's not going to be lauded anytime soon in any of the mainline wine mags... not that that matters.

Reply by danieboi, Jun 1, 2010.

thank you all.  But also, what are your recommendations for dry German whites?

Again, thanks in advnace!

- Dan 


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