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Country: Germany  Region: Baden  Grapes: Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chasselas, Muller-Thurgau

Baden is the southernmost of Germany’s wine regions. It’s primarily a long, slim strip of vineyards nestled between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River, extending some 400 km (240 miles) from north to south. With over 15,000 hectares, Baden is Germany’s third largest wine region, running north and south like Burgundy. This allows production of a wide variety of wines that really showcase the terroir of the region.

Because Baden lies far to the south and is warmer than most other German regions, it is classified by the EU in Wine Growing Region B, with Alsace, Austria and Loire Valley. Badischer Winzerkeller eG is the producer of this wine selection, Estate Bottled Erzeugerabfüllung.

Similar to a French Edelzwicker, this Baden Dry from Black Forest Girl is a blend of Estate Grown grapes including Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chasselas and Muller-Thurgau. It is a deep yellow color in the glass. It offers great balance and is supple, with notes of spice on the palate. You’ll appreciate its fresh, dry finish. It is ready to enjoy now, chilled, with your choice of seafood, shell fish, pork, poultry or veal. Very versatile, it also pairs well with spicy foods and Asian cuisine.

Black Forest Girl Baden Dry:

PINOT GRIS GRAPES — This white grape with a hint of lavender is capable of producing rich, complex wines of superior quality. Its spiciness is seldom encountered in other varieties. The skin is more hued than most other whites, but is a true white.

PINOT BLANC GRAPES — This grape produces fruity, well-balanced wines with good grip and alcohol. Sadly, true Pinot Blanc plantings are slowly diminishing.

RIESLING GRAPES — A classic German variety, it can, if properly handled, produce a wine of tremendous fruit-acidity ratio placing it in a class of its own. It is light in body with low alcohol, yet has intense flavor. Aged, the finest Rieslings develop a zesty, vivid bouquet. It produces some of our most scintillating intensely sweet wines.

CHASSELAS GRAPES — Not well known as a wine grape, it’s the most popular table grape in France.

MULLER-THURGAU GRAPES — A mystery grape, it may be a self-pollinated Riesling. More prolific than Riesling but lacks sharpness; offers flowery bouquet and good fruit.

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