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WSJ: "German winemakers are quietly conquering the world"


Lettie Teague is an American author and currently a wine columnist for The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). In her latest article illustrated with a unique graphic by James G. Hancock she gives reason for Wines of Germany's success story.

Win columnist Lettie Teague compliments "stellar expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and other  international grape varieties" that thrive and prosper in Germany. She cites Andreas Hütwohl, winemaker at Weingut von Winning, who claims that the German Sauvignon Blanc opened the door for the Riesling. Read the whole story in need of explanation here ...

Other Wines of Germany introduced in aboves's WSJ-article by Lettie Teague:

1. 2016 Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz Pinot Blanc Dry Pfalz ($22) The winery, long considered one of the Pfalz’s best, may have a name that’s hard to pronounce, but the wine is happily quite easy to drink: crisp and clean with bright citrus notes.

2. 2017 Leitz Pinot Noir Rosé Dry Rheingau ($17) Light in body as well as color, with pretty floral and red-berry notes, this toothsome Pinot Noir rosé from a well-known producer of Riesling is an ideal wine for summer drinking.

3. 2016 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir “Basis” Baden ($23) Partners Sven Enderle and Florian Moll have a devoted following for their full-of-character Pinot Noirs. This well-crafted Pinot is an earthy, savory red that could easily be mistaken for a good Bourgogne rouge.

4. 2016 von Winning Sauvignon Blanc II Pfalz ($22) Little wonder von Winning made Sauvignon Blanc its lead grape internationally. This stainless steel-fermented white is juicy, with notes of citrus and herb—like a Loire Valley Sauvignon crossed with a New Zealand one.

5.  2016 Hans Wirsching Iphöfer Kalb Silvaner ($27) The Hans Wirsching winery - “Silvaner Wine Estate of the Year” per a leading German food magazine - draws many accolades. This old-vine Silvaner is full bodied and complex, a first-rate example of the grape.

In her concluding sentence wine columnist Lettie Teague says: "I don’t know when the larger world will embrace German wines beyond Riesling - or even give Riesling the attention it deserves. At the very least, I look forward to the day when Germany is thought of much like Italy and France: a great wine country with more than one grape."

source: The Wall Street Journal,  by Lettie Teague  / Illustration: James Gulliver Hancock
original WSJ-Text: How German Winemakers Are Quietly Conquering the World

Illustration by James Gulliver Hancock for 'The Wall Street Journal' (WSJ)