Opposites Attract: Germany and Bordeaux Part II

Do you remember a few weeks ago when we enjoyed some classic wines from neighboring countries, France and Germany? We had some fun going the classic route with two red wines from Bordeaux and then a side by each comparison of two German Rieslings from the same producer. Well, once again we're going to visit these two next door neighbors, except this time we're going to delve into some of the lesser known wines from these places that often times, unfortunately, get overlooked. White Bordeaux and German Pinot Noir.

Wait, what?

Did you say white wines from Bordeaux and red wines from Germany?

I did, yes.

So you're telling me that the region of Bordeaux, famous for their prized Reds, also has white wine?

Absolutely. White Bordeaux, like their Reds, are a blend. But the white wines are made up of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion. In their dry styles, which we'll be enjoying, they can be some really cool stuff! And when they go the sweet route, ala Sauternes, Oh-My-God amazing!

OK fair enough. But Germany does more than just Riesling? I find this hard to believe!

Well then, you're going to be pleasantly surprised. They make some outstanding Blaufrankisch and Schiava, but we'll be sticking with Spatburgunder.

The what now?!?

Spatburgunder. Also known as Pinot Noir. Think about it. Burgundy, the Land of Pinot Noir, is in Eastern France - rather close to Germany. So it kind of makes sense that Germany, with pretty much the same climate as Burgundy, produces some truly excellent Pinot Noir as well. And Burgundy is even in the name! Spat-Burgund-er.

This I need to see. And Taste!

Right! and don't worry, we'll have Advanced Sommelier, Ashley Broshious, on hand to help us navigate these uncharted waters and walk us through the Hows and Whys of the wines.

Can't wait to see you there!

Salud,

The Wine Shop Team

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