We’d like to share a few fun and delicious details about Bordeaux and German wines, to be used for trivia nights as well as for your personal edification! Trust us, there are surprises in here.
1. Bordeaux is the home of Sauvignon Blanc.
One of the world’s most popular grape varietals – the crisp and fruity Sauvignon Blanc – was born in Bordeaux. Common myth is the name came from the French word “sauvage” (wild in French) as the vine grew everywhere. In a classic and unique French style, the Bordelais traditionally blend it with other local grapes like Sémillon. White Bordeaux wines are light and citrusy with aromas of flowers and peach as Sauvignon remains the main ingredient and source of power.
2. A third of German wines are red.
While Germany is known for its white wines, some 33% of vineyards in Germany are dedicated to red varietals. You’ll find the light and earthy Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) in the South and the Ahr Valley, the autumnal and chocolaty Lemberger in Wurttemberg and the popular and jam flavored Dornfelder across all of Germany, just to name a few. We at Wally’s are big fans of the full spectrum of German offerings, and we encourage to step out of your comfort zone to try these wonderful wines. Bring a German red wine to a party to truly astound and surprise all your guests.
3. Next time you crave crustaceans, reach for an Entre-deux-Mers.
One of Bordeaux’s best wines is found “between two seas” - except the ‘seas’ really happen to be rivers that flow to the sea. The region of Entre-deux-Mers can be found to the East of Bordeaux, between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers which flow directly to the nearby Bay of Biscay. The rivers give this dry white wine a wonderfully light and mineral flavor that pairs perfectly with juicy prawns, fresh oysters and shellfish.
4. There are many different types of Riesling – the trick is reading the label.
Chances are you’ve already tried a sweeter variety of Riesling, bursting with aromas of apricots, lime and honey. However, the Riesling grape is a fascinating one, because it is versatile enough to be used to make delicious dry wines full of apple, white peach and citrus flavors. These dry Rieslings the German viniculture’s claim to fame – and we have a mighty selection of them at Wally’s. Look for the word “trocken” if you want a dry Riesling and “halbtrocken” for a wine that is still dry but a little bit sweeter.
5. Germany is crazy for sparkling wine – give some of its local Sekt a try.
The Germans’ love of sparkling wine isn’t new: in the 19thcentury, many Germans travelled to France to learn about Champagne and ended up establishing leading Champagne houses, including Krug, Bollinger, Piper Heidsieck and Mumm. These days, Sekt (sparkling wine) is flourishing, with much of the best sparkling wine being made from local grapes such as Riesling, Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Silvaner. Keep an eye out for labels with “Deutscher Sekt” on them, as they’ll be made from 100% German grapes.
If you want guidance on which bottles to purchase for a celebration or for a cellar, Wally’s is at your service.
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