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    Re: The time for the new sweet wine has come

    I’m sorry but I likely won’t be drinking it. Sweet wines taste too much like soda for my taste.

    Give me a good full bodied Cabernet any day.
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    Re: The time for the new sweet wine has come

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    I’m sorry but I likely won’t be drinking it. Sweet wines taste too much like soda for my taste.
    The Federweißer is something completely different from the usual "sweet wine".
    Maybe I should have named this thread "Federweißer".

    But I had hoped one would read the explanation first before one starts damning this pleasant drink.

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    Re: The time for the new sweet wine has come

    I'd never heard of this "wine" before, but found an interesting story about it. Seems it is made in the Finger Lakes region of New York for a one day only celebration. It is not made for sale.

    Federweisser: A light, frothy one-day-only Finger Lakes wine - newyorkupstate.com

    Federweisser made its way to the Finger Lakes via former Anthony Road winemaker Johannes Reinhardt, who grew up in a wine-making family in southern Germany. Federweisser is a harvest-time tradition there, spawning festivals through the region.
    As fun as the idea of Federweisser sounds, it is extremely limited. Made from freshly picked and crushed Chardonnay grapes, it barely has time to ferment into alcohol and develop its flavors before it's served.

    "As the wine is still fermenting, we do not bottle it for for sale any other day then the Federweisser event," Becraft said. The winery makes only about 60 gallons -- the rest of its Chadonnay grapes become "real" wine.

    At the festival, Federweisser is tapped straight from the barrel, much like beer. You can also take home some in bottles -- but only after a hole is poked in the cap to release the pressure building from the ongoing fermentation inside.

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    Re: The time for the new sweet wine has come

    I am glad to see that someone has now hit the nail on the head and found out about the REAL FEDERWEISSER!

    It can only be had at a very limited time of the year.

    One of the things that make it so special!

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    Re: The time for the new sweet wine has come

    Quote Originally Posted by JMR View Post
    I'd never heard of this "wine" before, but found an interesting story about it.
    You are quite right to put "wine" in inverted commas here.
    Because it is no real wine yet.

    It is a drink somewhere between grape juice and wine - something on the way to become a real wine later.

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    Re: The time for the new sweet wine has come

    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpel View Post
    You are quite right to put "wine" in inverted commas here.
    Because it is no real wine yet.

    It is a drink somewhere between grape juice and wine - something on the way to become a real wine later.
    It was interesting to learn about this. Hope you enjoy a glass or two.

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    Re: The time for the new sweet wine has come

    Quote Originally Posted by JMR View Post
    It was interesting to learn about this. Hope you enjoy a glass or two.
    As it happens, we really did - just yesterday.
    We bought three bottles - one bottle each of all the three varieties: white, red, and rosé.
    And we visited my sister in Baden-Baden and enjoyed this "Federweißer", with onion cake and quiche.
    One of the pleasures of the season.

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    Re: The time for the new sweet wine has come

    Here I have found a text in English about the Federweißer:

    While you are living here in Germany’s “Great Southwest,” you really should get acquainted with a special seasonal and very regional culinary delight: zwiebelkuchen and neuer wein (hot onion cake and cool, sweet, new wine.

    Zwiebelkuchen consists of a yeast dough base topped with chopped onions, eggs, sour cream and bacon, seasoned with caraway seeds. This tasty autumn delicacy is a favorite in wine-growing regions of Germany, Switzerland and Austria after the onion harvest is over and new (or young) wine is ready to drink. Indeed, zwiebelkuchen und neuer wein are an inseparable duo at this time of year.

    Each fall in Germany, new wine, also called Federweisser (feathery white) or Federroter, (feathery red), Sauser, etc, is a heady beverage in the transition phase between traubensaft (grape juice), (most) cider and the end product – real wine.

    In late September and early October, you can buy new wine from vintners, wine dealers and beverage shops, and even at some supermarkets. Take home a liter or two and enjoy it soon on a cold, rainy or foggy afternoon along with the perfect fall pastry – onion cake. It will be a real feast!

    Sample these tasty specialties at your favorite local gasthaus.
    More about it: Autumn Recipe: Onion Cake 'Zwiebelkuchen' - StuttgartCitizen.com

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    Re: The time for the new sweet wine has come

    Just yesterday I had a pleasant Federweißer one again.
    It has developped now.

    No longer sweet, but refreshingly dry and sparkling.
    Nearly a bit like champagne - but also quite diffrent, of course. Unique.

    As I said: "New sweet wine" does not mean, that it is sweet always!

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    Re: The time for the new sweet wine has come

    Federweißer and Zwiebelkuchen, what a yummy combo. Just make sure you know the way to the nearest Klo.
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