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October Wine Club - Indigo

It makes me sleep better knowing I was today's years old when I learn something new about wine. I just took the level 1 test thru the Guild of Sommeliers, so I know some things, but There. Is. So. Much. To. Know. For instance, I didn't know there is a German Wine Road, a tourist route that was established in 1935.

Don't get me started on wine maps...seriously rabbit hole🕳️ I did include a German wine regions map to give you an idea where we are at in the world. The Pfeffingen estates are located in the Palatinate region. (SW of Frankfurt-the brown region). The climate of the region is one of the warmest, sunniest and driest of the German wine regions. Speaking of maps, the Pfeffingen website (https;// has a map 🥰 and pictures of the vineyard dirt...somehow this is fascinating and makes me love this wine even more. Lets talk about the actual grape.

Scheurbe. (Shoy-ray-bah).

This varietal was created in 1916 when Dr. Georg Scheu wanted to create superior version of Silvaner. It was widely thought he crossed the Silvaner and Riesling grape, because science is awesome, and DNA ruled out Silvaner as a parent. Official Austrian sources peg the cross between Riesling and Bouquet Blanc. So with that said, let's dive into the 2022 Pfeffingen Dry Scheurebe. For me this wine has all the great aromatics. I got huge hits of lime and other citrus. A few notes mentioned Black Currant, unique flavor profile for a white wine. The fruit on the pallet is lush, indicative of the winemaker waiting to pick to maximize ripeness. This wine would be money with the Octopus.

I have been writing about the wine club wine for almost a year. I do love that I am constantly learning new information about the wide world of wine. Maybe it's The Matrix or just how I planned it but the other scary/spooky varietal this month hails from Germany. The actually wine is produced closer to home. Little back story on the Lemberger grape. It is also known as "Blauer Limberger" or "Blaufränkisch." Lemberger is the speciality of Württemberg (dark blue) on the map 👆🏻. This varietal is a "coat of many colors", depending on vilification techniques the wine can be light and fruity to rich and tannic. This month we are featuring the 2020 Two Mountain Lemberger.

The first time I had Lemberger I liked it. It was at least 10 years ago and it was the Thurston Wolfe Lemberger. It made an impression on me because it is different than usual varieties we are all used to. The Two Mt. Lemberger is intoxicating just in the glass swirling around. Dark fruit and hints of pepper leap out of the glass but once it hit my pallet-game on. Spicy white pepper, and hints of the vanilla from a humidor with the dark sexy fruit all over your palette. There is 9% Merlot blended with the 2020 vintage. I revisited this wine with a quick Wednesday night dinner, spaghetti and meatballs. I probably shouldn't admit this but it was jar sauce and frozen meatballs....if only I lived with a 👨🏻‍🍳...

You'all are probably going to be enjoying this freshly opened bottle at the restaurant, it would be fun with the Cheese/Charcuterie Plate. #girldinner After a quick refresher of our menu I would hands down pop open the bottle of Lemberger with our BadDad Burger. #notadadjoke. It sounds cheesy #noteventrying but "this wine is the friend you can call any time, day, or night, even if you haven't seen each other in years."

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