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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.