Category Archives: GERMANY

Classification of German wine

28/01/20 A clarification – I have clarified the case of the VDP, with regard to chaptalisation and süssreserve. There are two main classification systems in Germany, that of the German Wine Law of 1971 and that of an independent grower … Continue reading

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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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Sparkling wine – Sekt / Perlwein / Secco

Latest news 15/07/18 – VDP German Prädikat Wine Estates establish a sekt classification based on the VDP Origin Pyramid. What Sekt is German for sparkling wine, 98% is made by the tank method.  The majority, about 85%, is plain Sekt … Continue reading

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