by Fred McMillin
Where Riesling Is King
Germany's best vineyards lie as far north as grapes can be persuaded to ripen. Most of the land is unfit for normal agriculture. Their chances of producing the world's best white wine look VERY slim. Yet, on occasion they do, and stamp it with a style that no one, anywhere, can imitate.
...Hugh Johnson, World Atlas of Wine, 4th Edition
The Rest of the Story
Germany's one and only great grape is the Riesling. It originated there a millennium ago, and has produced its greatest wines there. Hence, I tell my students, "Don't judge the Riesling grape until you taste a German version." So let's select one with a fine pedigree...
The Saar River, a tributary of the Mosel.
The ProducerEgon Muller, the most famous estate of the Saar. It is located at the foot of the Scharzhofberg ("berg" is mountain in German).
Wine of the Day
Name—Scharzhof Riesling, 1998
Egon Muller was not the first to recognize the merits of the Scharzhofberg site; Roman pruning knives have been found in Germany dating from the first century A.D., and it is likely Romans planted the first vines in the Scharzhofberg.
Note—For more about Muller Riesling, see the February 20, 1998 WineDay titled, George Washington and The Vine".
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