Germany produces wines other than whites like Riesling. Yes, it is true. While most of the German wine produced is white, there is also red. About 11% of the vineyards are planted with Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder). German reds are difficult to find here in the states. I have looked for them in every wine shop and liquor store and usually come up empty handed. Then recently I went to a blogger meetup and wine tasting at Total Wine. It is there I found Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Pinot Noir 2009.
I saved the bottle for a special time. This past weekend I made rouladen, potato dumplings, green beans, cucumber salad, and rolls. It was the right time to open the bottle. A German meal deserves as German wine to go with it. It was a great match. At least it was for me. I sipped and thought about all the wines I had in Germany. It brought back so many good memories.
The wine is a light pale red color. It is different than most of the more reddish Pinots I am accustomed to drinking. The flavor is light and fruity. It is smooth and has a nice finish. I should have bought a few bottles and next time I will. It is priced around $15 which is a good value.
Have you tried any German red wine? I would highly recommend giving them a taste or two. You may be surprised at how much you like them. Cheers!
PS. Upcoming announcement for a special Sunday Supper event coming this week. Stay tuned…