Wines of the Month March 2012

Christian Steitz & Michael Beck party with their party wine at the ProWein fair in Düsseldorf

WHITE: 2011 Grauburgunder trocken
Steitz & Beck
€ 4.99

For me the dry Graubugrunder (Pinot Gris) from Rheinhessen which Christian Steitz of Weingut Steitz in Stein-Bockenheim and Michael Beck of Weingut Beck in Stadecken-Elsheim (also both in Rheinhessen) produce for the REWE chain of supermarkets is one of the best value wines in German supermarket shelves. This is contract winemaking on a high level and with its effusive melon aroma, juicy and lively balance with a spritz of carbon dixoide which makes it taste lighter than its 12,5% alcoholic content, the 2011 is particularly successful. Even better news, there are 200,000 bottles of this great party wine!

€4.99 from
REWE supermarkets in Germany

Rainer Wachstetter and his serious "Felix" at the ProWein fair in Düsseldorf

RED: 2009 „Felix“ Lemberger
Weingut Wachtstetter
€ 9.80

Yes, I know that you’re probably asking yourselves who the hell Rainer Wachtstetter is and if a red wine from Württemberg can really be worth recommending this highly, but this is a rare bargain amongst „serious“ red wines. Wachtstetter has been perfecting the making of red wines from the Lemberger grape (known as Blaufränkisch in Austria and Kékfrankos in its Hungarian homeland) for over a decade and the result is this medium-bodied, supply tannic dry wine with a wonderful bouquet in which elderberry, plum, baking spices and something floral mingle. Where’s my glass?

2009 „Felix“ Lemberger von
Weingut  Wachtstetter
Michelbacher Straße 8
74397 Pfaffenhofen/Württemberg
Tel: (49) / 0 7046 329


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