Considered one of the “new breed” of grapes created since the late 1800′s, Müller-Thurgau is a varietal widely planted in southern Germany, northern Italy, and other Central European nations. It is a hybrid of Riesling and a little known varietal called Madeleine Royale. Hermann Müller, who developed the varietal, wanted a grape with Riesling’s intensity of flavor but one that would ripen more quickly on the vine.
The wine that is made from the Müller-Thurgau grape is lively and is meant to be enjoyed while young. It has a medium level of acidity with elements of stonefruit and minerality on the palate. It is refreshing with a crisp back palate. It pairs well with lighter summer foods as well as grilled seafood and creamy to medium cheeses.
This week we are introducing the Kettmeier Müller-Thurgau, made in the Alto Adige region of northeastern Italy. It is a delicious white to enjoy now that our temperatures are warming up and summer is just around the corner. Come in and try something new.
Dining Out for Life is Thursday, April 27, 2017
This Thursday, April 27, 2017, is Dining Out for Life Day, and Naked Grape is once again proud to be a part of this night that raises money for Broward House, one of the key organizations in our community that offers help to those with HIV. And donating could not be easier! We will be offering our usual Happy Hour All Night features on house varietals and sparkling as well as 50% off craft beers. Save a little cash while you give back to this very worthwhile organization.
All you have to do is come in and enjoy some wine, cheese, and tapas. Enjoy an evening out and give back to the community all at the same time. We will be donating a percentage of your receipts back to Broward House on everything you enjoy that evening.
Sip, nibble, nosh and enjoy. . . and give back all at the same time. It’s a win for everybody!
Riesling. . . it’s a grape that many stay away from. Why? There is the mistaken assumption that all Rieslings are overly sweet. Indeed, some are. . . but many are not! Riesling is a grape varietal that packs a lot of flavor, and it can be made in a variety of styles from very sweet to very dry–and everything in between. If you have never tried a dry style Riesling, you are missing out on a delicious and refreshing white wine.
A well-made dry Riesling will be pale yellow in the glass with aromas of lime and lemon. The palate with be bright with balanced acidity, citrus, and minerally flavors. The finish will be clean and the residual sugar will be low, much like a Sauvignon Blanc. It is a wine that complements cheese beautifully; it can also be enjoyed with seafood, chicken, and, surprisingly enough, BBQ!
Dry Rieslings will usually have an alcohol level around 11% or 12%, which is an indication that the residual sugar level is low. Delicious dry Rieslings are produced in the German regions of Rheingau and Pfalz, Alsace in France, and in Washington and Oregon in the USA.