With nothing left of Thanksgiving but assorted leftovers and Christmas still hurtling toward us faster than the speed of ringing bells, I think it’s time we all take a break and enjoy another bottle of wine. My husband and I enjoyed a bottle of Dr. Beckerman Auslese (OUSE lay seh) Rheinhessen 2011 prior to diving into the Thanksgiving Bird last week. Snagged at Trader Joe’s for less than $6 this is a true bargain and a very enjoyable wine.
Exotic and tropical aromas of pineapple and mango. Creamy and sweet mango and honey with floral notes. Wonderful balance between the sweetness and light fruit and floral flavors. Elegant creamy finish.
I was unable to find any info online regarding the wine or the winery. One reason I picked the wine up was due to my recent WSET studies. As I was plunging into the different wine regions I began picking up wines from those regions.
Prädikatswein is a classification term for German wines. The wines are classified in order of the level of sugar content with Auslese (selected harvest) falling in the middle of the hierarchy. Auslese is a late harvest wine which may be affected by Botrytis cinerea also known as noble rot, a fungus affecting the grapes causing them to sweeten on the vine. As the fungus attacks the grape the skins weaken and shrivel as the water evaporates from the flesh. The result is a sweeter and sometimes more acidic wine. Since Botrytis does not affect the grapes evenly several passes during harvest must be made by hand. Making it a laborious wine to produce.
I don’t think I’ve posted much about the chickens lately. All four hens are now laying beautiful green and blue eggs. We had some small children come to see the chickens this past weekend. When I showed them the eggs they asked if they were real. I assured them they were. I only wished I’d thought to tell them this is where the Easter Bunny gets his eggs.
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