Aired on 11/13/2019 8:30 PM ET

German Wines To Be Thankful For

Thank you for joining us for a deep-dive into German wines with New York City Sommelier Sarah Tracey on Wednesday, 11/13. We discussed the perfect pairings for the upcoming holiday season!

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Fitz Ritter Sekt, Pfalz, NV
Kick-off the dinner party with Sekt - a remarkably underappreciated German sparkling wine. Most of them are made in the Charmat method, which preserves the intense aromatics of German varietals. These are quality bottles to have on hand for all bubbly-worthy occasions.
Weingut Rudolf May Retzstadt Silvaner, Franken, 2016
This earthy white is making waves with white wine lovers around the United States, thirsty for alternatives to the same-old. There is a green leafiness to the varietal that makes it a perfect pair for pass hors d'oeuvres and light table noshes like Chex mix and tofu skewers.
Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Noble House Riesling. Mosel, 2018
Lots of wine lovers enjoy a sweeter style of Riesling, but the trend has taken a turn for the dry. The demand for mineral-driven, dry German Rieslings is on the rise. Back in 1985, just 16% of German Rieslings were produced in a dry style. As of 2016, it's a whopping 46.3%. Pop a few dry Rieslings in your wine fridge to pair with virtually any meal. They're a perfect companion to stuffed mushrooms, honeyed ham, and even sweet potato pie.
Messmer Spätburgunder, Pfalz, 2015  
Since the mid-2000s or so, American wine drinkers have fallen head over heels for Pinot Noir. Guess what? Germany has been producing quality Pinot Noir under the name Spätburgunder for ages. In fact Germany is actually the third largest producer of Pinot Noir in the world. While Pinot lovers are distracted by over-hyped selections, Germany offers expertly crafted Pinot Noir at fantastic values. It's the quintessential Thanksgiving wine.


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