A News Feature from our US importer, Loosen Bros. USA…
(December 22, 2015) OREGON CITY, Oregon, USA — In the darkest evenings of the winter solstice, nothing quite brightens our spirits like a glass of sparkling wine. Of course, you can always go the traditional route for your holiday bubbles, but this year, why not try something new: A sparkling Riesling!
Sparkling Riesling has a long, rich tradition in Germany where it’s called “Sekt” and is so loved it has made Germans the biggest consumers of sparkling wine in the world.
From our portfolio at Loosen Bros. USA, we suggest three excellent sparkling Rieslings.
Dr. L Sparkling Riesling: A Wonderful Party Wine
Dr. L Sparkling Riesling is 100% pure Riesling – the grape that has made German wine famous for centuries. It is made using the Charmat method, where the second fermentation is done in a pressurized tank to keep the bubbles in the wine. This method produces bright, clean sparkling wines in a more affordable way, which makes it possible to offer this charming bubbler at a very nice everyday price. Crisp, fruity and easy on the wallet, Dr. L Sparkling is an excellent wine to serve at holiday parties. It can even be combined with fruit juices and vinegar shrubs to make light cocktails. SRP: $16. Learn more about Dr. L Sparkling.
2013 Maximin Grünhaus Riesling Sekt Brut: A Limited Production Wine from the Mosel’s Herrenberg Vineyard
This limited production sekt from Mosel winemaker Carl von Schubert is made with the classic “méthode champenoise” which in Germany is called “Traditionelle Flaschengärung” and elsewhere is called “méthode traditionnelle.” 100% healthy grapes are harvested in the Herrenberg vineyard and whole clusters are pressed with low pressure. The wine is fermented in old Fuder casks until Christmas, and left on the lees until April. After racking and filtering, the second fermentation happens in the bottle with hand riddling and disgorgement. The wine has a very fine mousseux, the typically racy minerality of Grünhaus, and a silky texture combined with a very attractive creaminess. SRP: $44. Learn more about Maximin Grünhaus wines.
2012 Robert Weil Riesling Sekt Brut: A Sparkler from the Rheingau’s Kiedrich Vineyards
Robert Weil Riesling Sekt Brut is produced with fruit from Kiedrich vineyards that are directly adjacent to the Gräfenberg in Germany’s Rheingau region. The Kiedrich soils are similar, but the sites are cooler than Gräfenberg, yielding less-ripe fruit with firm acidity that is perfect for sparkling wine. The fruit is picked at Kabinett ripeness and produced using the classic “méthode traditionelle” technique. The wine shows the typically bright Riesling fruit aroma, with a fresh taste and the perfect balance of structure, acidity and fizz. SRP: $50. Learn more about Robert Weil wines.
“Whichever bubbly you choose to celebrate with this year,” says Loosen Bros. VP Kirk Wille, “we wish everyone very happy holidays and all the best for the coming new year.”
For more info about sparkling Rieslings and other wines, please visit loosenbrosUSA.com.
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ABOUT LOOSEN BROS. USA
Loosen Bros. USA is the sole U.S. importer of the wines of celebrated Riesling producer Ernst (Erni) Loosen, including the Dr. L family of Rieslings, Dr. Loosen in Germany’s Mosel Valley, and Villa Wolf in the Pfalz.
In addition to Erni’s wines, Loosen Bros. offers a select group of extraordinary wines made by good friends and relatives of Erni. These highly regarded producers are exceptional representatives of some of the world’s great wine regions, including other regions of Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and the United States. More info at LoosenBrosUSA.com.