The Best German Wines

White Wines are Germany’s Specialty.

While France and California are by far the best known wine-growing regions in the world, Germany has been growing wine for over a millennia. Seriously. There are wineries in Germany that date back to Roman times.

The steep slopes in the West of Germany (along the Rhine) make for ideal growing conditions for white wines. Over half of all German wines are white, and the country has a reputation for sweet Rieslings. Some wine lovers criticize Germany for only producing these sweet wines (as opposed to France’s diverse range of reds and whites). Others appreciate Germany for what Germany does best: sweet, fruity wines that pair perfectly with a summer evening.

1. Dr. Loosen Winery

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If you ever meet Dr. Loosen (it’s an actual person), you will never forget him. A to-the-point man with unkempt grey hair scattered in all directions, he will tell you exactly what he thinks. His wine is grown in a decidedly old-school kind of way. If you visit their wineries, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time.

As for the wine itself? These Rieslings are sweet, smooth and fruity. In fact they are deceptively smooth. With most sweet wines, you will need to pace yourself because of the richness. But Dr. Loosen’s smoothness means that you can drink a couple of glasses without thinking twice. The tartness is present but not strong. It’s the perfect blend of what white wine does best.

Recommended Wine To Try:

“Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2012”

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2. Clean Slate Riesling

For those that desire a little more bit (i.e. dryness) to their white wine, Clean Slate is an excellent choice. Clean Slate is sweet and fruity like Dr. Loosen, but its dryness cleanses the palate. This would be a great wine to pair with a fish entree.

The Wine To Try:

Clean Slate Riesling 2013

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California Wines

One of the Most Famous Wine Regions Still Has Its Hidden Gems.

Tucked away in the far reaches of rugged Northern California lies Hyampom Valley – a remote river valley hidden amongst the inter-coastal mountains of Southern Trinity County. The word Hyampom comes from the northern Wintu Indian word “Hien-pom”. The actual meaning is not clear, but there have been many speculations. According to anthropologist, A.L. Kroeber, the term “pom” means “land” or “place” but the meaning of the balance of the word is unknown. “High Valley,” “Low Valley,” “Pleasant Valley,” “Place of Plenty,” and “Place at the Base of the Mountain” are some of the speculations of the actual meaning of the word, Hyampom. The Indians of long ago, so the story goes, would come to Hyampom for the winters. “Hy,” they would say,”is there enough to share with us?” “Hy,” would answer the natives of Hyampom, “there is always plenty here for all.” Hyampom is a fitting name for one of the most remote, and perhaps most ideal, winemaking regions in California.

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Wine Country in California.

R. Merlo Estate Vineyards is located along the banks of the wild and scenic South Fork of the Trinity River and at the base of South Fork Mountain, the longest contiguous ridge in the continental United States. This wholly unique setting helps create wines that speak to the power and beauty that is Hyampom Valley. Influenced by the idyllic growing season and climate of this small pocket valley, the fruit produced in the R. Merlo Estate Vineyards expresses a strong sense of place. Based on the concept that quality wine is grown in the vineyard, a minimalist approach is taken in the cellar, allowing the wines to clearly reflect the varietal character and distinct terroir of Hyampom Valley.

R. Merlo Estate Vineyards produces a rare collection of richly flavored and expressive wines. Unlike many California wines, these deep, complex wines are not high in alcohol, nor overripe in flavors. Rather, the wines are naturally big and bold, yet refined and beautiful.