German wines are versatile and incredibly food-friendly, making them the ideal wines for the holidays. Sommeliers from all over the world are in love with German wines. There are a lot of hidden treasures from the wines of Germany and they are the perfect wines to pair with holiday meals. At the Thanksgiving dinner table, there can be a variety of flavors, textures, spices, and aromas; German wines are versatile enough to pair with a host of holiday fare.
When drinking German wines, many think of Riesling, and they make incredible Rieslings, but what many don’t realize is that they make other aromatic reds, sparkling wines, and incredible red wines. A third of German wine production is red wines. Germany has a rich heritage and picturesque landscapes, imagine rolling hills, black forests, and stunning castles. The Germanic culture is incredibly intertwined with their beverages(known worldwide for their beer and wines).
German wines are cool climate wines that are refreshing on the palate. They are generally lighter in alcohol, so they are especially wonderful as an aperitif. These are wines that are fresh, light and lower in alcohol. Thanksgiving is known for day-long drinking marathons, and with its lower level of alcohol, German wines are a perfect choice.
The magic of wine is that it submerges you into a region, transporting you to that country. This holiday season, transport yourself to Germany. Germans are known for their Rieslings, but this holiday season, look beyond Riesling. Snooth has a package of four great “German Wines To Be Thankful For”. They have curated four wines that offer versatility for your holiday meals for only $100. Click here to order your wines.
Four German Wines & Pairings for the Holiday Season
Fitz Ritter Sekt, Pfalz, NV
This Sekt is from the Pfalz and has delicate, fine and gorgeous bubbles floating up through the glass. Upon swirling the wine, you release aromas of honeysuckle and floral notes. The acidity is amazing on this sparkling wine, making it a great with buttery mashed potatoes and gravy.
The Sekt is dry, tart, refreshing, zippy and full of fresh acidity. It is the perfect aperitif to kick off a holiday dinner. It will also pair perfectly with a cheese platter and charcuterie. The versatility of this wine makes it amazing with sweet potatoes, roasted vegetables, or any dish with earthy flavors.
Fitz Ritter is one of the oldest sparkling wine producers in German, founded in 1837. Owner Johann Fitz was a political revolutionary. There was a movement in Germany, that was inspired by the French Revolution to stand up for the common man. During this conflict, Johann ended up in political exile in the Champagne region of France. After five years of exile in Champagne, he returned to German in 1837 and started a “Champagne factory”. His exile inspired him to start his own sparkling wine house. Now they are in their ninth generation making sparkling wine.
Weingut Rudolf May Retzstadt Silvaner, Franken, 2016
This Silvaner is bottled in a very unique and striking shaped bottled. The shape of the bottle was for practicality, it was shaped to fit into a satchel, and rumor is that this bottle was designed for hiking. If you were to go hiking or a climb up the German mountain, and it fell out of your bag, the wine would not roll down the hill, demonstrating the practically of Germans. Now, we are not sure if this is true or just a legend, but sure makes for a great story around the dinner table.
Sylvaner thrives in Franken, as it withstands the early frosts in the region. This wine is firm, earthy, and masculine in its expression. Grown in Franken, this Sylvaner expresses mineral characteristics and notes of stewed fruits on the nose. It is a robust wine, with intensity and concentration of flavors on the palate with notes of spice, herbs, lemongrass, and hay. The earthiness of the wine makes it perfect to pair with green vegetables, like brussel sprouts, green beans, and even a light poultry dish.
Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Noble House Riesling, Mosel, 2018
In Mosel, Riesling is King. The combination of slate soils and high elevation make these really special wines. This Riesling is classified as medium-sweet. The sugar level is 35 grams, but it is so fresh, pure and pristine. Lots of citrus and peach notes burst on the palate. You will not believe that the residual sugar is this high, as the wine is extremely well balanced. This is a wine you will instantly fall in love with. The residual sugar adds texture and concentration as it explodes on the palate.
This is the ideal Thanksgiving wine, it pairs perfectly with turkey and will complement anything on your plate. This will be your MVP player for Thanksgiving. It also deserves a place in your cellar.
Messmer Spätburgunder, Pfalz, 2015
Messmer makes incredible wines. Founded in 1960, the current winemaker is the second generation as he took over the winery in the early 1980s. He converted the vineyards to biodynamic practices, a growing movement in Germany right now.
Pinot Noir in Germany is known as Spätburgunder. This is a savory wine and ideal for all you natural wine lovers. The winemaking involved only native yeasts, no destemming, no filtering, no fining, and racked only once, It was aged in neutral oak barrels. It is a non-interventionist style, expressing the terroir. This producer labels this wine as a single vineyard’s wines, as they believe their terroir to be unique.
This is a beautifully clean and direct wine, that expresses the quality of the grapes. It has a gorgeous silky texture. It is stony and dark with notes of black raspberries and cranberries. It is focused and has great length. An ideal holiday pairing would be cheese and charcuterie. This style of Pinot Noir plays well with ham, gruyere cheese, and cauliflower soup. It has enough structure to pair with duck breast or pork chops with a fruit glaze.