Divino Nordheim Müller Thurgau Trocken 2009

Thurgau2009What a nice surprise to find a decent-sized section of German wines available at one of the wine stores in my area.  I’ve mentioned before that this shop – Arrowine – is not as close and convenient for me as are any number of others.  Clearly, though, I will have to make an effort to get there from time to time!

I’d never had a Müller Thurgau before.  Well, let’s say “as far as I can remember” I hadn’t.  When I was a little kid my family lived in Germany.  My parents did give me a taste of one or two wines during that time, but I only remember them talking about Liebfraumilch.  I’ve always assumed that was what I’d sipped.  It’s funny looking back now, because they had to make me try the wines.  I didn’t want to!!   Anyway, this Müller Thurgau was a new experience for me.

Winemaker:   Divino Nordheim
Wine:  Müller Thurgau Trocken
Varietal:  Müller Thurgau
Vintage:  2009
Appellation:  Franken, Germany
Price:  $9.99

Notes:   You may know that trocken means dry in German, and this wine is dry at 13% alcohol.  In the glass it was a pale yellow.  On the nose I caught lively citrus and peach.  This was a light and crisp wine.  Acidity is bright, giving it a very slight feeling of effervescence when it hits the tongue.  Flavors for me were citrus and star fruit with hints of peach and honey.  I also found plentiful grass on the palate that lingers in the fairly long finish.  Seems like this would be a good all-purpose summer white for sipping or enjoying with light summery dishes like a crisp salad, some fresh seafood, or even grilled chicken.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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Hans Wirsching Silvaner 2010 Franken

Peck_HWSilvaner2010Here is another German wine.  I bought it at Grateful Red, that wine store I mentioned in an earlier post.  I told you I’d be pulling from their selections from time to time!  This is a Silvaner – yet another varietal wine I haven’t had before.  I’ve had Liebfrau(en)milch previously, of course.  My but those “firsts” just keep adding up, don’t they?  Hey, that’s a good thing!

Winemaker:  Hans Wirsching
Varietal:  Silvaner
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  Franken, Germany
Price:  $18.99

Notes:   This wine is a light bright yellow in the glass.  On the nose I got a bright green apple and lemon scents.  It has a lively, bubbly effervescence when first poured that actually created a little foam in the glass.  On the tongue I thought this wine had a pleasant light viscosity.  Flavors for me were primarily lemon, honey and green apple.   Alcohol is 11.5%.  Overall, I’d say it was pretty good in my book.  And I feel confident it would pair pretty well with any seafood.  I can especially imagine it going well with a spicy shrimp dish like Camarones Diablo.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.