Rave Review: Gord Stimmell – 90 Point “Amazingly Refreshing” White – Under $13!

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WINERY PROFILE | Josef Drathen

“The Gewürztraminer from Drathen is amazingly refreshing. Some Gewürztraminers are over the top with screaming lychee and rose petals. But this, while full of subtle floral notes, seduces the palate with slightly sweet complexity. Joseph Drathen 2013 Gewürztraminer Kabinett: Honeydew melon, mild lychee nut, honeycomb and lime sorbet aromas tantalize, while off-dry flavours dish up jasmine, clover blossom and quince with a lemon tart finish. LCBO #394601 Food suggestion: Coconut shrimp or pad Thai.” — Gord Stimmell / The Toronto Star

90/100 Points

Founded in 1860, Josef Drathen is a leader in the production of value priced German wines. In addition to a delicious and affordable line-up of classic German table wines, Josef Drathen is well known for the production of well-priced sparkling wines made from Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With production footprints in the Mosel, Rhein, Pfalz, Nahe and Franconia districts of Germany, the winemaking team at Josef Drathen has a wide palate of styles, flavours and profiles from which to draw. For more than 100 years this family wine cellarage has produced wines consistently celebrated as “best of class” and has offered wine lovers around the globe a delicious introduction to the wines of Germany – all at affordable prices.

Formerly known as “Qualitatswein mit Prädikat” (or QmP) the new designation for “Prädikatswein” was introduced in 2007. This category refers to the better quality table wines made in Germany. Wines falling within this category range from bone-dry through intensely sweet dessert wines, can be produced in any of Germany’s 13 winegrowing regions, and made from any of the more than 140 “approved” grape varieties. With these many variables in mind, the Prädikatswein designation is intended to ensure that the production related methods and guidelines influencing wine quality are followed, thus offering an assurance of quality rather than a “stylistic” reference point, per se.

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