Dornfelder is a German Red Wine Discovery

February 9, 2012

Though Riesling is the most familiar wine of the country, it's time to start paying attention to German red wine, like Dornfelder. It is a wine reminiscent of a refreshing Beaujolais: very light and gulpable, especially served slightly cool. I wondered if it had, like many Beaujolais, gone through a process called carbonic maceration. I'm not in the mindset to give you a chemistry lesson (nor do I have the skill set), so I'll just say it's a process that amps up the fruitiness and tamps down the harshness. This would be such an ideal summer red; it would kill with burgers and dogs. So start exploring the world of German wines beyond Riesling. Get a bottle of Dornfelder and fire up the grill!

I enjoyed the 2009 Villa Wolf Dornfelder, which was a sample bottle given to a friend who was in a sharing mood:


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