German Love

As my tribute to the inexplicably mesmerizing wines of Deutschland, this article is titled after the song “German Love” by one of my all-time favorite indie bands, Starf*cker.  But don’t be fooled by the name, this Portland band makes feel-good music that is ultra comforting and upbeat with a sweetheart touch.  Just like German wine.


Those of us who can appreciate a good German Riesling can probably agree on one thing… these are the ultimate comfort food of wines.  Taking in the utter richness of its sweet silhouette while indulging in its tangy zest, an aged German can put someone in a state of pure serenity and glee.  Just like the song, it simply makes you happy.

When it comes to wine, I will always be a sucker for a good ole German. And just like a classic car, these beauties become even more of a priceless treasure as the years go by.  Here are some of the Germans that have made me fall head over heels in love recently.

And if you’d like to hear the song, click below…

Starf*cker – German Love


1976 Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Spätlese –Rheingau

Just like a 1950’s pin-up girl, this Riesling is breathtakingly gorgeous with a voluptuous body.  Still showing fresh acidity, this wine presents succulent notes of dried mango, candied ginger, honeycomb, lilac, minerality, and an herbal finish of jasmine tea leaves. No doubt about it, this old-timer has still got it.


1990 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Auslese Mosel

A scandalous and guilty pleasure of sweet and creamy. The wine starts off with a lovely nose of petrol, honeydew melon, and an essence of lavender.  On the palate, the wine expresses sweet citrus, tropical fruit, ambrosia salad, and coconut milk.  Pleasantly bright in acidity and creamy to the touch.




1990 Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling SpätleseRheingau

Showing maturity but still a kid at heart, this Riesling still has crisp acidity while exuding fresh aromas of tropical fruit, lilacs, and gasoline. The palate is taken for a whirlwind with the wine’s notes fried banana, pineapple, nutmeg, cinnamon, slate minerality, and an herbal finish of green tea.



2006 Erben von BeulwitzKaseler Nies’chen Riesling Auslese Alte RebenMosel

A handsome young lad of a Riesling with invigorating aromas of creamy coconut and lychee.  Fragrantly floral on the palate with a luscious body, this wine triggers notes of candied pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, tangerines, honeysuckle, and lavender.




2009 Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Riesling SpätleseMosel

So typical of Dr. Loosen, this is a stunning off-dry Riesling with a smooth body and brisk acidity. The nose is powered by ripe apple, honeysuckle, slate minerality and slight hints of kerosene making an appearance. Honeyed fruit, lemon, nutmeg, jasmine, kumquat and peppermint further decorate the palate of this truly excellent wine.



About juju (57 Articles)
wine extraordinaire, world traveler, animal lover, indie music fanatic :D

4 Comments on German Love

  1. As a beer brewer i really appreciate your insight into the world of wine! I have much more to learn !



  2. Even for me there is an infinite amount to learn each day! Sometimes I wish I had more time to focus on my other two passions… beer and scotch :). Happy brewing Mac!

  3. Yes! Riesling is where it’s at. Those detailed descriptions are quite impressive. Cheers.

  4. That’s an awesome line up you have there! I love me my German rieslings, so glad to see that you enjoy them, too. Good job!

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