Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wine of the Week - Schmitt Riesling

There's no better time to enjoy Riesling than now. While we start to focus increasingly on the meals we prepare, Rieslings have proven to be the go-to wine; providing perfect pairings for almost every cuisine. From deviled eggs to pungent cheese, to shellfish and barbeque, the acidity, minerality, and fruit notes found in all types of Riesling truly enhance a variety of dishes. This week, Schmitt's dry Riesling is featured because of its exquisite expression of the grape and its ability to be a perfect accompaniment at any table.   

Flörsheim-Dalsheim, located in the southern part of the Rheinhessen, is an up and coming area due to the efforts of a handful of ambitious young vintners, Daniel and Bianka Schmitt among them. The winery was certified organic beginning in 2007 and Demeter Biodynamic® certified in 2012, one of only 75 properties in Germany to hold the Demeter certification.  The Schmitts cultivate 15 hectares of vineyard land and produce 50,000 bottles per year. Their wines are food-oriented and meant to pair with a wide variety of dishes. Schmitt epitomizes the new wave of German producers who are creating the highest quality wines from what nature has to offer, with as little intervention as possible. As Daniel puts it, the philosophy of the winery is, “Wine just from grapes!”

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