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Wine Tasting: New releases of German Riesling

Sat Sep 1st, 2012 4pm-6pm
Trapp Family Lodge
Venue: Trapp Family Lodge
$20 fee per person
700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672 (Map) (Set as Local)
Wine Tasting: New releases of German Riesling Stowe Vermont

Wine Tasting: New releases of German Riesling
SEPTEMBER 1ST 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. Three common characteristics of German Riesling are that they are rarely blended with other varieties, hardly ever exposed to commercial yeast and usually never exposed to oak flavour (despite some vintners fermenting in "neutral" oak barrels). Before technology in wineries could stabilize temperatures, the low temperatures in winter of the German regions would halt fermentation and leave the resulting wines with natural sugars and a low alcohol content. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.

The wines featured will be:

Weingut Johannishof, Johannisberg "V", Kabinett, Rheingau 2010
S. A. Prum, "Prum Blue", Kabinett, Mosel 2007
St. Urbans-hof, "Ockfener Bockstein", Kabinett, Mosel 2011
Schmit Sohne, Spatlese, Mosel 2010
Weingut Veit, "Piesporter Goldtropfchen", Spatlese, Mosel 2007

A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per person.

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