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Wine Gurus: A question.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Jagged, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. Jagged

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    Call me stupid or what have you, I've just never been that in to wine. I brought back a few bottles of Riesling (a sweet white wine) with me from Germany, the question is does it get chilled before being served?
     
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    Yep. As a general rule, any sweet white wine should be chilled.
     
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    chill it, but only girls drink it.:wink1:
     
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    Easy now. A glass or three of decent wine does wonders for everyone's attitude.
     
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    Eh, like I said I don't normally drink wine ;). But if you haven't tasted Riesling-[SIZE=-1]Spätlese before I highly recommend it. From my understanding, [/SIZE][SIZE=-1]Spätlese means "late-picked" which gives the grapes used for the Riesling a higher sugar content.[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]

    I mainly got it to have for "special occasions" as they arise.
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    As stated, a sweet white like a Riesling should be served chilled. Open it about an hour before you want to drink it for the best taste. This will allow it to breath a little and warm up. Most refrigerators will get it too cold.

    Side note; When buying German wine look for the phrase "Qualitätswein mit Prädikat" or "wine with distinction". The German mark of "Qualitätswein" only means the the German government says there is wine in the bottle.
     
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    Like this: http://ke5bvc.info/gfx/dscf1412.jpg ?

    The image itself is a bit large (not the filesize, just the image), so I didn't put it inline.
     
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    Yes, exactly.

    Next tid-bit about German wine; That string of #s you see on the label is a cataloging system used by those ever efficient Germans. Each wine is cataloged in the system. If you have the big book & can read German that number can tell you a lot about your wine.
     
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    Very interesting information, learning new stuff every day. Care to elaborate about "the big book" I've got some friends that can translate.

    Thanks a lot for the info!
     
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    Ratch is a manly man, a manly manly man!
     
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    I'm looking for the info again. I read about it when I picked up a case of German wine. I'll find it, but it may take a while.
     
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    I seem to have lost the complete info, but here is the short version. The AP or Amtliche Prufungsnummer must be assigned before the wine may be sold. It will provide the identity of the producer, the place it was bottled, the date it was bottled, and it's official tasting score out of five. It must receive 1.5 out of 5 to be labeled Qualitatswein. Not an impressive score, which is why we look for the "QmP" as discussed above.

    Also of note; most German wine is considered "sweet". If you want a dryer German wine look for the word "Trocken" -dry, or "Halbtrocken"- off dry.
     
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    Just kiddn

    I'm a wine drinker, and a little bit " schooled in it " ( or was that " stewed " ) It seems more women prefer the sweeter whites compared to men. no offense intended. And Big Bears more detailed account on chilling is dead on.
     

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