Trapp Family Lodge will be tasting new releases of wines for inclusion on their wine list. The format is casual, walk around with cheese and bread. |
Experts are frequently on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions.
German Riesling Wine Tasting
MARCH 27TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of German Riesling, for inclusion on our list. Of all the grapes of Germany, the most noble is the Riesling - a variety that can do well even in stony soil and can subsist on a minimum of moisture. It is also frost-resistant and a very dependable bearer of high quality grapes which have an acidity level that gives the wine a racy freshness and contributes to its long life.
To reach its full potential, Riesling needs extra days of sun; ripening is very late, usually not until the latter half of October. German Wines are categorized by the degree of ripeness measured in natural grape sugar upon harvest. These ripenss categories are determined by the sugar content in the grapes, which is measured in degree Oechsle. The Oechsle requirements for the respective categories vary by growing region.
Riper grapes have more sugar but more importantly more extract and flavor in the grape, hence a more expressive wine. The higher the ripeness of the grapes used for the wine, the higher up in the pyramid the wine will be categorized. The dryness of a wine is independent of the ripeness level of the grapes upon harvest. If the fermentation is interrupted before all sugar is transformed, it will result in a sweeter style wine. If the fermentation continues until little or no sugar is left, it results in a dry wine.
In contrast to the common belief that German wines are sweet, close to 2/3 of the entire production in Germany is dry. Dry is the preferred vinification style consumed by the German wine drinker. Riesling produces elegant wines of rich character with an incomparable fragrance and taste, often reminiscent of peaches, or when young, apples. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Rhein River Riesling, Fritz Hasselbach, Qualitatswein, Rheinhessen 2007
Schloss Vollrads, Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau 2007
Rudesheimer Magolalenenkreuz, Leitz, Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau 2006
Schloss Wallhausen, Riesling Spatlese, Nahe 2005
Bockenauer Felseneck, Schafer-Frohlich, Riesling Spatlese, Nahe 2006
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $15.00 fee per person.
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