Category Archives: GERMANY

German terminology

German wine terminology, together with common tasting descriptors. This is work in progress, corrections and additions are most welcome. I have not followed the German rule of capitalisation of nouns. Words that are the same in both languages, or so similar as to … Continue reading

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Is this German wine dry?

Some hints on determining whether a German wine has significant residual sugar, or not. What is the abv%?  If it is 13%+ then it will be dry, if 7-10% then there will be noticeable sweetness, the lower the abv the … Continue reading

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Classification of German wine

There are two main classification systems in Germany, that of the German Wine Law of 1971 and that of an independent growers association, the VDP. Under the German Wine Law of 1971, wine is  classified according to sugar level at harvest, … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Sekt / Perlwein / Secco

News 02-11-15 New Austrian sekt classification system [online]. Accessed 15/11/16. What Sekt is German for sparkling wine, 98% is made by the tank method.  The majority, about 85%, is plain Sekt made industrially as branded wine from imported European base wine. … Continue reading

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