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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Monday, June 14, 2010


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A Saxony Vineyard in Meissen where they produce beautiful wines is a sight to behold.  The history of making wine in this region along the river Elbe dates back centuries.  I've done my research and here is what I've learned about the different wines from Meissen. You don't have to come to Germany to taste them because you can certainly find them in your local wine shop world-wide.
   A popular wine from the region is the Muller Thurgau which is a mild, fragrant wine that is comparable to the freshness of a Riesling.  It has a subtle nutmeg note.  Another is the Gold Riesling from a grape variety only grown in the Elbe Valley.  This wine is light, fruity, and crisp.  

Riesling is thought to have been first planted during the 9th century on the Rhine.  It's characteristics are a full-flavored wine with a flowery bouquet.  The Kerner is a new selection and is considered fresh and more acidic. 
The Traminer is one of the best quality wines of the area with a spicy fragrance reminiscent of roses.

The oldest grape variety is the Chasselas that is used mainly as a table wine.  The Pearl of Zala is a new Hungarian Variety.  It is classified between the Muller Thurgau and Morio Muscat.

The Bacchus has an aroma of black currant and nutmeg. The Scheuebe is a more established wine with a full body.  Then the Grauer Burgunder which goes well with cheeses.  They also produce a Pinot Gris is treasured because of its honey bouquet and fiery taste.

Try serving one of these German wines at your next gathering or dinner party.  Above is a table set for wine tasting at the vineyard we visited in Meissen. 

These growers know a thing or two about growing grapes and are eager to introduce you to their many varieties. 

And if you're not a wine drinker (is there such a person?), you still will have the most spectacular view of the city of Meissen on top the hills surrounded with rolling vineyards.  What's not to like about that?


Frau said...

OMg....amazing! Love the pictures and it's my kind of trip! Wine!

honeypiehorse said...

You sure have gotten to a lot of great places. . .

swenglishexpat said...

Thanks for the lesson Miss! Wow, I did not know there were so many varieties so far north. Actually one of our German favourites at the moment is the Grauer Burgunder, and it goes extremely well without any cheese at all! ;-)

I might have to come back to this post at a later stage. Very informative.

Expats Again said...

Frau, I know! Wine is a great excuse for a trip!
Honeypiehorse, That's what happens when your kids leave the nest, :-) Mom and dad get to play!
swinglish, The info was researched via internet & some bits from the area. I will have to try them myself--I'll look into the Grauer Burgunder first!

Yelli said...

I can't wait to be able to drink wine again! Have bookmarked your very informative page! oddly enough, at least here in Berlin, the Germans seem to scoff at their own wine produced here and always bring wine from Italy or France. Maybe they need to read your post too!

Expats Again said...

Yelli, I agree with you that the Germans scoff at their own wine production. I wonder why they feel their wine is inferior to the French and Italians? It truly isn't. Maybe we both will alert the Germans of their lovely wines!

Whitney said...

Oooooh wine. I love thee. And Germany too, and traminer (at some of the vineyards in NY we have Gewurtztraminer, which is 1) fun to say and 2) great to drink)
New follower, great blog! And totally envious of your German address :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Gorgeous photos and a great informative post!