Vinous Reverie Notes
Importer: In each country from where I import wines I try to find a "local winery" that the local population looks to as their ongoing source of high quality every day drinking wines. In Germany I found a great local winery in the middle of the Rheinhessen that has been in the village of Bechtolsheim for over 300 years. That is Weingut Ernst Bretz from where I have selected six fun and refreshing wines - including two sparkling wines. The first step in maintaining such high quality is that they only use estate grown fruit. Farming their own vineyards allows very high attention to detail such as leaf canopy management, ongoing cluster pruning, and careful manual harvesting. Although the family's winery has been in existence for over 300, years, its vinification equipment and technology is state of the art for today and is another component in the consistently high quality wines produced by the Bretz winery. Another contributor to the high quality wines is the "Petersberg" - a mineral laden slope which rises from the edge of the town. The long farming history of growing grapes on the Petersberg also supports the rich knowledge base of how to best make wines from their vineyards. The diversity of soil types: loess, loam, shell-limestone, marl, and various stones is also what provides interesting characteristics for the wines. Secco Rose Sparkling - There are fun aromas of strawberries, mild raspberries, cherries, and pomegranate which then evolve into flavors of red fruits and white peaches along with hints of cantaloupe and watermelon. This has a perfectly balanced medium body, refreshing acidity, and a very smooth finish. Food pairings would include salmon, shrimp, clams, mussels, seafood salads and pasta dishes, veal, pork, grilled chicken, charcuterie, Indian Tandoori dishes, Thai beef and pork dishes, and fruit desserts. The fun flavors and good balance also make this a refreshing wine for just sipping on for any occasion.