When I first made a conscious effort to study and taste wines, one of the more popular wines to be found were from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer district of Germany, a Piesporter. Wines were not as common in the 1970’s as they are today, and restaurants that wanted to be considered up-scale were making decisions to carry more than a white, red, rose and a champagne. One of the first wines that everyone seemed to be carrying was a white from the village of Piersport. It was a judicious choice, as to this day, one can find a Piersporter on most lists.
When I was young, white wines were more popular with the ladies, then with the men. I guess men did not want to be seen drinking a “light” drink. This was the time of simple cocktails and beer, and if you drank wine it should be red. Maybe I am oversimplifying the era, but white wines were more feminine in concept. Be that as it may, I had to try as many wines as I could, so that I could make sound judgments and make suggestions at dinner.
I found the Piesporter wines to be a good choice, as they had a nice color, an agreeable nose and not a heavy aftertaste. I discovered that I enjoyed it with pork dishes especially in German and Hungarian restaurants. It had a nice crisp taste with just some sweetness. I must confess that unless I am drinking a dessert wine, I am not partial to a sweet taste to my glass of wine, so I do have a built-in bias. I do try to overlook that bias, when I taste a wine for the first time; but I do enjoy a fruity nose or even a perfume scented nose.
In the village of Piesport, there are some important vineyards (and please excuse me, but I can’t figure out how to get an umlaut over an “a” or an “o”). Some of the vineyards to look for are Goldtropfchen, Lay, Taubengarten and Falkenberg. If you can find any of these “mit Pradikat” which is the German way of saying that it special picking of the grapes beyond the normal harvest, by all means do order one. The most common “Pradikat” that you will find is Kabinett, Spatlese and Auslese.
If you were like me, and shied away from whites, please rethink it, and try a couple of different wines. I think you will be happy that you did.