A Rheingau Riesling Auslese

Such a small bottle...

Georg Breuer Winery

Georg Breuer Winery in fine German wine

In the three and a half years that I have been doing this column, this is my first (or perhaps second) half bottle. So I had to drink carefully. This German wine estate was founded in 1880 and has been owned by the Breuer family since the beginning of the Twentieth Century. They own 33 hectares (about 80 acres) of vineyards of which over 40% are on very steep slopes. They do mostly Riesling and Pinot Noir and offer wine tastings and tours. Rudesheim is a major tourist attraction including the Rheingauer Weinmuseum (in a castle) and a Weinfest on the third weekend of August. Auslese wines are made from hand picked very ripe grapes often in late November or early December, Todayís companion wine is another Riesling, a Canadian one that costs just about half as much for a full-size bottle.

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Wine Reviewed
Georg Breuer Rheingau Riesling Auslese 2005 9.5 % alcohol about $20 (half-sized bottle)

After all these years I donít have the marketing materials. The back label says nothing. And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was honeyed, thick, and syrupy. When paired with Japanese rice crackers its acidity perked up. It was delicious. My initial meal centered on a boxed Baked Ziti Siciliano doused with grated Parmesan cheese. The Riesling brimmed with lemon and caramel. It tingled. Fresh strawberries rendered our German friend syrupy and long with the taste of lime. However macaroons (coconut cookies) overwhelmed it. I made sure not to waste the nectar.

My next meal started with a potato knish (potatoes in puff pastry). Now the wine responded with honey. It was very long and somewhat dark and metallic. The piece de resistance was a baked salmon filet that had been marinated in Agave and soya sauce. The libation responded with caramel, toast, and honey. It was floral and mouth filling. The side dish of eggplant, Portabello mushrooms, and onions rendered the liquid a tad too sweet but its acidity remained fine as did its floralness.

My concluding meal focused on an omelet spiced with oregano, thyme, tarragon, and basil. This libation offered honey, floral, and slightly burnt caramel. A zesty commercially prepared guacamole weakened the wine but it was still delicious. When paired with Asiago cheese the wine remained really the same. And now Iím out; it was only half a bottle.

Final verdict. I would run and buy this wine again, immediately. But itís no longer around. Iíll be tasting something hopefully similar very soon.

Access the companion wine A Canadian VQA Riesling (Under $10)

About the Author

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine French or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His wine websites include    www.theworldwidewine.com    with a new weekly review of $10 wines and    http://www.wineinyourdiet.com devoted to the issues of wine, weight loss, and health.

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