In the midst of a heavy year-end work schedule and the exhausting social whirl that Delhi is at this time of the year, one afternoon stands apart. The tutored tasting of German wines hosted at his residence by the German Ambassador to India, Mr Thomas Matussek, in early December. By Reva K.Singh
I don’t call myself a wine expert, but after having tasted and drunk more wines than I can count since the launch of the wine magazine, Sommelier India, you could say I have an informed palate.
The German wines we tasted from Prädikat Wine Estates were extraordinary and the presentation most enjoyable, accompanied by an enlightening commentary by Joel Payne, President of the International Circle of Wine Writers and author of the Gault Millau Guide. This guide, published in German annually for the last twelve years, is the final word on German wines and an indispensable reference book for the trade.
Germany’s major export grape varieties, riesling, pinot noir, pinot blanc and pinot grigio, are becoming more and more popular in many countries. The quality/price ratio of German wines is still extremely good for the consumer. What’s more, Germany’s cooler climate is ideal for the new trend towards somewhat lighter, aromatic and fruity wines which go well with modern, light and aromatic cuisine and make a fine accompaniment for Indian food.
Prädikat Wine Estates are marked by the stylized eagle bearing a cluster of grapes, a symbol of the highest quality. This and the name of the grower on every bottle guarantee the best of wine.
The Prädikat Wine Estates have stood for the utmost quality for more than 100 years. Potential members in the “First League” of German viticulture are put through their paces before being accepted for membership and every five years, estates are put to the test again.