History of German Wine

Germany first began to grow wine when the Romans brought vines up in the 100 BC years. Wines here are mostly created from grape varietals that are now used in the rest of the world. You can get a Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Silvaner, and so on from many countries, even though the use of these grapes originated in Germany. Even ice wines are now made in Ontario!

There are many wines that are unique to this lovely country. You won't find a German Liebfrauenmilch in Washington State! Note that Liebfrauenmilch is a type of Qualitatswein - late harvest sweet wine. Other Qualitatsweins include Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein, and Trockenbeerenauslese.

Here are some German wine terms, from my own notes and the German Wine Information Bureau:

   Rotwein: any red wine.
   Weissherbst: a rose wine made from only one grape variety and of at least QbA quality.
   Rotling: a mixture of white and red grapes or their mash prior to fermentation, i.e. they are fermented together; the wine color is similar to a rose.
   Schillerwein: a Rotling from Wurttemberg of at least QbA quality.
   Badisch Rotgold: a Rotling from Baden made from the grape varieties Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) and of at least QbA quality.
   Perlwein: wines from red or white grapes with natural or impregnated carbon dioxide (1-2.5 atm.) in either the table wine or quality wine categories.

German Wines      
Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese 2005 95/100 $59.99  
Dr Loosen Red Slate German Dry Riesling 2014 $15.99  
Havenmeyer Pierporter Riesling Spatlese 2011 $9.99  
Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 2005 97/100 $69.99  
Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 2008 375ml 94/100 $39.99  
Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelriech Spatlese 2005 95/100 $59.99  
Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelriech Spatlese 2008 $39.99  
Peter Mertes Platinum Spatlese 2011 $5.99  
Peter Mertes Platinum Sweet Red 2011 $5.99  
S.A.Prum Essence Riesling 2015 $11.99  
Saint M German Riesling By Ernest Loosen 2015 $12.99  
Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spatlese 2010 $19.99  
Moselland Zeller Schwarze Kat Riesling Pink Cat 2008 $9.99  
Moselland Zeller Schwarze Kat Riesling Red Cat 2008 $9.99  
Moselland Zeller Schwarze Kat Riesling White Cat 2008 $9.99  
     
     
All bottles of Wine are 750ml unless stated otherwise  
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