Sommelier Favorites

I have received quite a few emails from TFW fans inquiring what the Sommelier drinks from our Portfolio. So without further ado…

Johann Maximiliam Lang is the full name of wine grower/winemaker Hans Lang. This signature dry Riesling is hand selected late harvest Riesling from some of the top sites in the Rheingau. At 13% alcohol this represents one of the fullest dry Rieslings I’ve had to date. A rich, creamy mouthfeel has tremendous weight on the palate with flavors of red apple skins and bosc pear, lemony accents, a trickle of honey followed by a refreshing mineral laden finish.

2006 Gutzler “Gutzler Select” Riesling is a very special wine that is meticulously hand crafted to be a bigger dry style Riesling with bold and intense characteristics. This wine has so much going on that I would recommend decanting it for 30 minutes before drinking. It opens up to a nose of wonderful spring grass, beautiful minerals and great acidity, this wine can handle a variety of cuisine and is suited for seafood ranging from white fish through lobster. I used to pair this with butter poached lobster and Chilean seabass, but could easily stand up to pork loin and chicken.

1999 Gutzler Riesling Sekt

A clear, concentrated yeasty aroma characterizes this vintage Traditional Method Sparkling Riesling or “Sekt” from one of Germany’s first growth vineyards, the Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstück. This Sparkler beams with acidity and structured fruit. An elegant aroma of dried apricot with hints of peach, mango and maracuja create distinct complexity. Because of the extended time on the yeast, fine bubbles pearl in the glass and create a Sparkling wine with lots of power and structure.

This Sekt was made according to the traditional champagne method: After a fermentation in stainless steel, a second fermentation took place in the bottle. The sparkling wine was hand riddled and only recently disgorged.

Recommended Value Wines

2007 Hans Lang “Sabrina”

Sabrina’s Riesling is a semi-dry Riesling made in the traditional Rheingau style, accentuating the elegant interplay between delicate fruit and refreshing acidity. The wine was hand-crafted by vintner Hans Lang to commemorate the importer’s wife, who grew up in the Rheingau.

This semi-dry has the beautiful aroma of ripe summer melon combined with soft citrus. It is a great bargain for the price and pairs great with starters, chicken, pasta, fish, spicy foods and more, but can be enjoyed on its own!

Til next time,



Published in: on July 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hey man – just had the Sekt. It kicks all kinds of butt!

    I will likely be blogging about the selections when I taste my way through a bit more. Based on that Sekt selection, they’re gonna be totally killer.


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