A long weekend wine to beat the heat

01 Aug

2009 Studert-Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Reisling Kabinett Mosel, Germany LCBO# 970192 $18.95

There is nothing better than a long weekend with flawless weather. For the past three days, I have been hanging out with the family in the wild’s of Canada’s north catching some sun, eating way to much and drinking some great white wine. I don’t know what it is, but a chilled Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Riesling seems to act like sunscreen for the soul. Draining a bottle of a racy white on a hot summer afternoon makes everything seem to go a bit slower so you can get every last drop of relaxation out of your extra day off work. This week’s wine was the one that put me in my happy place and made me wish that everyday could be a long weekend.

The 2009 Studert-Prüm Riesling Kabinett from Germany’s Mosel region is an off-dry wine with refreshing flavours of lemon, fresh lime, white peach, apricot with a sweet floral note that intertwines the fruit. The wine has incredible acidity that counter-balances the sweetness and makes it vibrant and thirst-quenching. With only 8.1% alcohol, the 2009 Studert-Prüm will let you enjoy your afternoon without knocking you out for the count like so many other high alcohol wines might. This wine can age, but to get the most refreshing experience, drink it ASAP. Perhaps on your next sunny weekend afternoon.
I would recommend pairing the Studert-Prüm with a fresh green salad and a light vinaigrette dressing. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with a brie or a chèvre.

At $18.95, this is a well made wine at a pretty good value. With a month left in summer (I know…what a downer) I recommend running out and picking up a bottle of this great white wine…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think by commenting below. If you’re not following me yet on Twitter, you can find me at


Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Germany, Riesling, White Wine


2 responses to “A long weekend wine to beat the heat

  1. Urban Daddy

    August 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Hey Adam,

    I came across this article today and wanted to know your thoughts. Maybe a potential blog post… Who knows. At the very least a good discussion over the holidays coming up…

    An article titled “Can You Tell Red From White?” in the online edition of Wine Spectator Magazine a couple of years ago began with this line:

    The New Yorker threw down the gauntlet. Wine Spectator rose to the challenge.

    Whatever else you may say about the two magazines in question or the qualifications of the authors they hire to write about wine, this much is clear: Wine Spectator missed a critical opportunity for an excellent pun. In fact, so blatant was their oversight that it casts grave doubts on the magazine’s editorial sensibilities.

    The Red and White Blues
    But linguistic flexibility is a much less serious matter than that which concerned humorist Calvin Trillin, who wrote an article titled “The Red and the White. Is it possible that wine connoisseurs can’t tell them apart?” in the August 19 & 26, 2002, edition of The New Yorker. Trillin claimed to have heard from multiple sources that wine experts—even those with degrees in enology from the University of California, Davis—routinely failed a blind taste test in which participants were asked simply to pick which wines (served at room temperature in black glasses) were red and which were white. If true, this suggests that the whole enterprise of tasting and judging wines rests on a shaky foundation at best.

    In the course of Trillin’s research, he discovered that the test he had heard of was most likely an urban myth, or at least a significant embellishment of a test where wines are judged by smell rather than taste. Nevertheless, he himself couldn’t reliably tell the difference. In an effort to show just how ridiculous it should be even to ask such a question, an enology professor subjected Trillin to an impromptu experiment with a pair of wines—one white, one red—and he guessed wrong. Volunteers on the staff of Wine Spectator fared much better in their own version of the test, correctly guessing color 40 out of 42 times.

    Fruity, with a Note of Imagination
    But the fact that anyone could fail such a test suggests that wines’ aromas and flavors are not as distinctive as experts have led us to believe. It also reminds us that the experience of taste and smell—tightly connected as they are—may be quite subjective. Psychologists say that one’s perception of smell is strongly affected by one’s expectations—more often than not, we smell what we think we’re going to smell, or what someone tells us we’ll smell. So it’s entirely plausible that the smells and tastes we perceive in a glass of wine can be colored (so to speak) by the wine’s appearance. Meanwhile, experts ranging from Wine Spectator editors to UC Davis enologists admit that some wines have flavors that belie their colors—typically reds with an unusually low level of tannin or whites with an unusually high level. Without the standard cues of color and temperature, even a seasoned pro could plausibly suffer from a confused palate.

    Although I’ve been to several wine tastings, I have not developed the sophisticated palate or vocabulary necessary for describing the taste of a wine meaningfully. But then, if even such a basic distinction as a wine’s being red or white can be missed, I don’t feel so bad for not being able to detect that hint of raspberry, that faint aroma of vanilla, or even those strong oak overtones the labels declare so boldly. My test is much simpler: what color are your cheeks after drinking the wine? Red: good. White: not so much. —Joe Kissell

    • Adam Bekhor

      August 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm


      Great to hear from you. I had heard about the results of this “seriously blind” tasting too (from a couple of different sources). It’s crazy to think that in black glasses professional wine tasters couldn’t tell their reds from their whites! I have yet to try this myself.

      You’re right…there might be a blog post in here. (Unless I totally get it wrong…then we must never speak of this again!)


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