Notes from the Cellar

To be honest, you will have to come to see the bottle. It will melt the summer away. Or, make these Austin summers bearable. Trust us. We crush them on our days off.

202014 Von Winning “Winnings” Riesling Pfalz, Germany

Background

Founded in 1849, the Von Winning winery has been a pioneer in establishing the Pfalz region–Germany’s second-largest in terms of wine production–as a bastion of quality. The 2014 Winnings is sourced from three separate vineyards, all of which are farmed without the use of fertilizer, herbicide, or copper. This philosophy extends to the cellar, where the wines are allowed to age on lees in various sized oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Immediately out of the glass, there is a prevalent mineral and petrol quality. Of the second, it should be noted that petrol is a typical note of certain quality Rieslings. Additionally, apricot and white peach come through, trailed by white flowers.

On the palate, everything changes–i.e. you don’t taste gasoline. the fruit and flower are there, along with the minerality. Lighter in body, with a refreshing acidity, and low in alcohol (10.5%), this is a wonderful wine for summer in Austin. It pairs well with our baked ricotta, smoked trout salad, and seared scallops.

Tasting Notes of a…different sort

Ok, we need to have a talk….it’s relatively simple–not all Rieslings are sweet. Far from it. The Winnings is dry, like so many others. Curse you, Blue Nun for forever altering so many people’s palates and perceptions.

Here are two reasons we love this wine: 1. the nose is somewhat contradictory to the taste, in a great way. It’s a fantastic surprise to watch someone get delighted and excited all at the same time.

2. Wow! What a versatile wine for pairing with food, or to drink on its own, especially with the low ABV, as it could be a perfect apertivo.

3. Bonus reason! It’s the summer of Riesling! This crisp, bracing wine is the perfect antidote for our summer weather and the interminable traffic. Come in and cool off, both literally and figuratively. Trust us, this one lives up to its name.

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