Bryan’s Picks for April: Tegernseerhof Riesling Terrassen and Bermejo Listan Negro
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Bryan’s Picks for April: Tegernseerhof Riesling Terrassen and Bermejo Listan Negro

Tegernseerhof Riesling Terrassen and Bermejo Listan Negro

Tegernseerhof Riesling Terrassen
Riesling Terrassen 2011

I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t like riesling, it’s too sweet!” If all you know of Riesling is cloyingly sweet and sticky wines reserved for those who perhaps just celebrated their 21st birthday, then you haven’t given Riesling a fair chance. Riesling is known throughout the wine world as one of the 6 noble grape varieties. This is due in part to its ability to produce wines in such a range of styles from bone dry to dessert wine sweet. The Tegernseerhof Terrassen certainly falls into the former category, with no sweetness to speak of. This wine is the perfect accompaniment to a warm sunny spring day. The crisp light flavors of peach and apple are backed by zesty acidity and a clean mineral note on the finish. While the crisp and clean finish of this wine make it an easy afternoon sipper, this wine will pair pefectly shellfish or pasta dishes packed with spring vegetables and dressed in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. One sip of this wine will make you see Riesling in a whole new light, and open you up to just how diverse a wine it can be.

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Bermejo Listan Negro
Listan Negroe 2012

Now that the weather is FINALLY warming up, it’s time to start looking for some lighter reds to enjoy through the summer. The Bermejo Listan Negro Carbonic Maceration 2012 fits that bill perfectly. Carbonic Maceration is a winemaking technique in which the grapes fement inside the skins, without crushing the grapes first. This helps make for light, fruit foward wines with very little tannin. Bermejo winery is located along the slopes of a volcano on the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands. This wine is made form the local Spanish grape varietal Listan Negro. This light bodied red wine shows lots of fresh red fruits along with a white pepper note and a hint of fresh thyme. The bright acidity makes the wine dance on the tip of your tongue as you sip it from the glass. The finish echos more ripe fruit tones along with a light dusty tannin backbone. This wine would pair very well with grilled vegetables and a nice tuna steak. This versatile red can be chilled making it refreshing on a hot day.

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