- Publish Date: Jun 2, 2009
When you’re looking for a refreshing bottle of white wine to sip this summer, consider looking to Germany. In the Southwest corner of the country, the Mosel River flows out of Alsace, France and winds its way north through what was formerly known as the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (MSR for short).
Now acknowledged as its own appellation, the “Mosel,” which makes up the northern-most part of the MSR (map), is renowned for the unfathomably steep vineyard banks carved by the snaking river and its soil comprised of mostly slate. The result is some of the best Riesling in the world.
Dry Rieslings from the Mosel are often characterized by a flinty “liquid-stoniness,” which perfectly compliments the fresh fruit flavors. If a cool sip of something sweeter is more up your alley, the Mosel is also responsible for some of Germany’s best Spatslese and Auslese white wines which will have you cherishing every sip of honeyed, nectar-like Riesling.
For some cool cocktail party conversation, or to just make sure you’re intentionally ordering something silky and sweet, take a moment to view a simple explanation of the German wine classifications.