Cost: Average price $16.99
Where buy now: Surdyk's- $11.99
Region: Nahe region, Germany
I love sausage! Keep giggling, Beavis & Butthead, but it's true. We grill them up all year 'round at my house. Recently, I've been testing Rieslings that pair well with the garlicky, smokey, fatty, flavors that are packed inside that casing. I've found one and, get this: it's a liter! A liter, man!
I introduce you to Jakob Schneider's Riesling Kabinett. I was at Surdyk's because a faithful follower went there looking for the Riesling Spatlese I reviewed a month ago to no avail. So, I had to go in and investigate. I talked to Roger, a wine dude who knows his stuff. I took a wine class from him once, and when possible, I seek his spirit guidance. He is a quirky fella, not unlike Paul Giamatti's character in "Sideways"(minus the Merlot pretentiousness). Plus, he loves to cook! I often buy what he recommends because he has such passion and really evokes the senses when discussing wine and pairings.
Kabinett- what is this? I'm not going to lie, I may be a 1/4 German but this language confuses the hell out of me. "Kabinett" is a variety of Riesling, and refers to the ripeness of the grapes. These grapes are not as ripe as other Riesling grapes [for example, the next step up the ripeness ladder is Spatlese]. The riper the grapes, the sweeter the wine.
Two great things about this Riesling: 1.) It's a liter [I'm sorry, am I repeating myself?]. 2.) Screw cap. I may love drinking wine but I'd rather not sip Riesling all day long, just two - three glasses with some succulent sausages or on a warm Spring day, thank you. With the screw cap, I can enjoy my glass or two, screw the cap back on, and return the bottle to the fridge. Perfetto! Waste not, want not.
Upon twisting the cap off, scents of floral, apple, pear, and light citrus immediately escape. The scents reappear on your pallet. This is a dryer Riesling, which I prefer. A decent finish with a touch of acidity to make your mouth water. Take a bite of a freshly grilled sausage, snap into the casing letting the oozing flavors envelop your mouth. A sip of this Riesling Kabinett, and I was suddenly singing, "Springtime for Hitler".
I suggest picking up a liter then walking down the street to Kramarcyzks to buy a sampling of their sausages. I love the Hungarian and Andouille, myself. Dust the snow off your grill and set fire to those little piggies. A little sauerkraut, mustard and this Riesling- your evening is set. Oh, and watching the Zero Mostel/Gene Wilder version of "The Producers" would be most excellent. Achtung: das German trifecta!