Eiswein on a Dime
Eiswein is incredibly delicious, but you're often hard pressed to find a bargain bottle. Last night while facilitating a "Wines for Your Thanksgiving Table" tasting at a local wine shop, we tasted a 2004 Rudolf Muller Eiswein that for $22.99 was absolutely divine.
True Eiswein is made by freezing the grapes on the vine. When the grapes are pressed, the frozen water is discarded, and what remains is pure, intense, clean fruit flavors. Wineries in warmer climates, or who are looking to save money, replicate the process by picking the grapes and then freezing them before pressing. Either way, Riesling is often the grape of choice, though the Canadians tend to favor Vidal.
This wine has gorgeous apple and pear fruit, along with honey notes and a line of acidity that keeps it refreshing and far from cloying. If you are serving apple or pear pie for Thanksgiving, it would be a perfect match. Or, serve it with an assortment of cheeses, some apricot marmalade and dried fruits for a beautiful after dinner cheese plate.