Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Thursday, May 24, 2007

When Is A Bloom A Nahe?

When I saw Bloom on the label, I just picked it off the supermarket shelf assuming it might be another wonderful wine from Bloom winery here in Washington. Upon further investigation, I discovered that this wine was in fact a "Nahe Qualitatswein" from Germany marketed by "Precepts," sort of a Washington state "negociant." While I was disappointed by this deception, I must say it is a brilliant marketing move since who today would buy a Nahe Qualitatswein. What is a Nahe (Nah-huh) Qualitatswein(Qwal-i-tots -vine) anyway. Germany, like France has an elaborate wine classification system based on location, rather than grape varietal as is so commonly the case in the U.S. Qaulitatswein is the lowest level of classified wine, so why put it on the front label. Nahe is a truly obscure region in Germany overshadowed by the Rheingau and Mosel river appellations which it intersects at Bingen.

What is this German Pinot Gris like? Not like any Oregon Pinot Gris or Italian Pinot Grigio I've ever tasted. In fact, it most resembles a German Riesling. A very flowery nose leads to a wine tasting of peaches, apricots and pears. This wine is very fruity , but dry and slightly tart in the finish reminding of a Sauvignon Blanc. Sort of a cross between a Riesling and a Sauvignon Blanc. At only 12% alcohol it is light and sprightly - a good summer wine at only $8. Perfect as an aperitif or with fruit and cheese. Personally, I wouldn't drink this with a main course, but it would be delightful on the deck with fruit and cheese.


  • At 8:44 AM, Anonymous virginia bloom said…

    Thank you for expecting the Blooms wine to be wonderful! That is quite a compliment. We have had some issues with the name (we are Blooms, they use Bloom - easy to see the confusion for the customer). We are a small winery with only half a dozen wine shops in the region carrying our product, so you will probably never see us on a supermarket shelf! We will be bottling a new blend - Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon from Yakima Valley - that we are calling CALLA and would love to have you try. Hopefully you will find it "yet another wonderful wine from Blooms"
    Virginia Bloom

  • At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Peter Bucklitsch said…

    I found your site trying to look up any details on a 1993 Kreuznacher Kronenberg Muller Thurgau Qualitatswein . Nahe. Your comments were useful. I was trying to see if these (inherited) wines were worth keeping or indeed drinking. Guess I'll have to chill it and open it!

    Peter Bucklitsch


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