Trocken–dry, thirst quenching whites

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In German wines, Trocken on a label signifies dry, generally indicating those bright whites that can quench thirst on even the hottest of afternoons. Trocken wines can have a little sweetness but only enough to add contrast to the wine’s delicious acidity. These are the kind of wines I love to drink in summer. They tend to harmonize with just about any kind of food, but really, when the temperature rises to unspeakable heights, who needs a meal when you can just douse your taste buds in something wet, refreshing and lingeringly delicious?

Karl Darting
2011 Durkheimer Feurberg Riesling Kabinette Halbtroken
Known as a great value wine, it’s a sophisticated wine you can serve to a crowd by the pool or bbq without the sting of sticker shock. Think wildflower and honeysuckle tinged with sweetness.

TrockenCarl Loewen
2011 Ritsch Riesling Grosses Gewachs
This wine has surprising richness with layers of stone fruit flavors. Its most attractive attribute is its finish, which lingers almost endlessly with intense dried apricot.

Schlossgut Diel
2011 Dorsheim Riesling Trocken
Interesting and complex for the price, it has lots of pretty floral and lemon aromas and flavors as well as a compelling herbal edge.

Eugen Muller
2011 Forster Jusuitengarten Riesling Kabinett Trocken
For those who want their wines dry but big bodied, this is a great find. A refreshing mouthful of citrus and stone fruit, its hint of sweetness adds something seductive when you’re least expecting it.

Hermann Donnhoff
2011 Tonschiefer Riesling Trocken
Its lemon acidity mingles with herbal tea flavors, making for an interesting, unique tasting experience. It does offer a bit of sweetness but it sneaks up on you, coming on strong at the back of the palate.

2011 Riesling Trocken
This is one for those who like their wines dry—bone dry. It has beautiful minerality and a sophisticated, herbal something.


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