Sommelier

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Sommelier
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  1. Back Ground
    1/4 Annual Production of France

    252,000 acres under vine - 1.3% of the worlds vineyards

    60% white wines

    • Climate:  challenges of viticulture at extreme northern latitudes + many laws/labeling terminlogy/quality levels
    • based upon ability to ripen sugars in grapes.  Vintages are Key...

    Difficult region to digest
  2. History
    Making wine since 300's AD

    Monastic influences in middle ages similar to Brugundy = precise definitions of vineyards

    Various popularity over centuries

    German Wine Law of 1971

    The Shadow of "sweet" liebfraumilch ceding to rise of terrior driven quality and sommelier appreciato
  3. Primary Grape Varieties - White
    • Reisling
    • Muller-Thurgau
    • Silvaner
    • Scheurebe
    • Weissburgunder / Pinot Blanc
    • Grauburgunder / Pinot Gris
  4. Primary Grape Varieties - Red
    • Spatburgunder / Pinot Noir
    • Domfelder
    • Portugieser
  5. Wine Classification - Deutscher Wein
    German Table Wine
  6. Wine Classification - Landwein
    Regional Wine
  7. Wine Classification - Qualitatswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (QbA)
    Quality wine from one of the 13 major regions
  8. Wine Classification - Qualitatswein mit Pradikat (QmP)
    quality wine determined bythe degree of ripeness at harvest

    only classification that cannot be chaptalized

    • Six pradikate or levels of quality ranging from driest to sweetest
    •      Kabinett
    •      Spatlese
    •      Auslese
    •      Beerenauslese  (BA)
    •      Eiswein
    •      Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA)
  9. Regionla Term - Einzellage
    Single Vineyard  (2,715)
  10. Regional Term - Grosslage
    Collection of vineyards  (163)
  11. Regional Term - Beriech
    District of villages ( 34)
  12. Regional Term - Anbaugebiete
    A Major growing district  (13)
  13. Mosel Valley - Middle Mosel
    Reisling is King

    Climate:  Continental. South or SW aspect on steep vineyards close to rivers for sunexposure/climate moderstion

    soils: Slate

    Very steep vineyards

    Long growing season

    • Wine styles
    •      Delicacy
    •      Purity of fruit
    •      Racy Acidity
    •      Terroir
    •      Low alcohol
    •      Age-worthy
  14. Highly Regarded Vintages
    2001, 2005 and 2007
  15. Rheingau
    • Primary Grapes
    •      Reisling
    •      Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir)
  16. Rheingau / Wine Styles
    • Richer wines than Mosel
    • Great Aging Potential
    • Trocken wines important
    • Erstes Gewachs
  17. 85
    • 85% of German wines are white
    • 85% to call it a single varietal
    • 85% if they are going to call a vinatge grapes used must be from that years vintage.
  18. Highly Regarded Vintages
    2001, 2005 and 2007
  19. Rheinhessen
    Diversity of soil types and grape varieties
  20. Rheinhessen - Primary Grape Varieties
    • (White)
    • Muller-Thurgau
    • Silvaner
    • Reisling
    • Scheurebe
  21. Rheinhessen - Quality Extremes
    • Land of Liebfraumilch
    • Nackenheimer Rothenberg- one of Germany's great Vineyards
  22. Pflaz
    • Warmer Climate
    • Great diversity of soil types
    • Trocken wines important - Grosses Gewachs
  23. Pfalz - Primary Grape varieties
    • Reisling
    • Scheurebe
    • Graubugunder
    • Muller-Thurgau
    • Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir)

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