The Bot­tle

The Georgia Straight - - Doxa -

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Sur­round­ings in­clude the Palati­nate For­est, which keeps the area nice and cozy, with warmer tem­per­a­tures than many might ex­pect in Ger­man wine coun­try. Al­though grapes grow very well here, al­monds, figs, lemons, and olives have also made them­selves right at home. Soil types vary, from clay and marl to lime­stone and granite.

To get a taste of the re­gion, per­haps take Dr. von Basser­mann-jor­dan Ries­ling Trocken 2016 ($27.99, B.C. Liquor Stores) for a spin in your glass. The ap­ple-blos­som and jas­mine aro­mat­ics sure are pretty, lead­ing the way to the ap­ple jam­boree on the palate.

For some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, per­haps Val­ck­en­berg Gewürz­traminer 2016 ($20.99, B.C. Liquor Stores) may be just the thing when in the mood for take­out Thai food. Those roasted peaches, litchis, and pinches of nut­meg in their off-dry style will en­velop things well.

And then there’s the Rhein­hessen. Plenty of rolling hills, a touch cooler and breezier than the Pfalz, it’s just so darn pretty. Al­though Ries­ling is the king grape (among many) in the re­gion, I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the area’s Spät­bur­gun­der (Ger­man for Pinot Noir) at al­most ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. If I were to gen­er­al­ize, I find the typ­ic­ity of the grape in the re­gion to be along more of a savoury style, with roasted tomato, red cur­rants, oregano, and sage be­ing the four notes I wrote down in my book most of­ten.

Al­though I be­lieve that Pinot Noirs the world over ben­e­fit from a bit of a chill, I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the zesty fresh­ness ex­hib­ited when­ever my pour was a touch on the cool side. Thörle Spät­bur­gun­der 2016 ($25.99, B.C. Liquor Stores) is a good door into this world, and a great ex­cuse to get your bratwurst on.


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