KING FROSCH KERNER SPAETLESE
THE WINE: An unusual late harvest white wine produced entirely in stainless steel to retain the purity of the fruit.
THE GRAPE: This late harvest Kerner is a cross between a white Riesling and a red Trollinger!
TASTING NOTES: Racy acidity, a slight herbal aroma and full mouth, it is aromatic with hints of spice and well-balanced.
WITH FOOD: Wonderful with traditional pork, roast chicken and veal as well as spicy Thai or Asian noodle or curry dishes.
KING FROSCH Dry Gewürztraminer
THE WINE: Crafted in stainless steel, this grape doesn’t need oak to give it flavor and spice.
THE GRAPE: This late harvest dry Gewürz is a wine lover’s delight. Very rare and unusual.
TASTING NOTES: Warm, clove spice with delicate pear in the background. Light floral notes balanced by excellent acidity, and very light residual sugar. Apricot and citrus flavors lead to a dry, spicy finish.
WITH FOOD: Wonderful with poultry and should be a staple on the Thanksgiving or any holiday table. Excellent with all types of cheeses.
KING FROSCH Moscato
THE WINE: 5weet, drinkable white wine from the Rheinhessen region of Germany.
THE GRAPE: Italian for Muscat, this grape has a floral nose and expressive fruit flavors.
TASTING NOTES: Refreshing and pleasing, this wine makes your mouth water with a light floral aroma that’s laced with complex fruit tones of pear and tangerine.
WITH FOOD: Great with desserts, cheeses, appetizers, fresh fruit, nuts or on its own as an aperitif.
KING FROSCH Silvaner Spaetlese
THE WINE: 6.2 g/l acidity, 43.1 g/l residual sugar, sweet, drinkable white wine from the Rheinhessen region of Germany.
THE GRAPE: Germany’s second great signature grape that deserves to be more widely known as King Riesling’s earthier, less pretentious little brother.
TASTING NOTES: Enjoy juicy full mouth flavor that finishes clean due to the perfect blend of fruit and acidity. Creamy depth and yellow apple smoothness.
WITH FOOD: Try it with your next cheese plate or with a slice of berry pie for dessert. Can also be enjoyed as an aperitif.
KING FROSCH Rielsing Kabinett
THE WINE: A traditional Gewürztraminer; sweet, supple and spicy.
THE GRAPE: This select harvest Gewürztraminer is a quality level up from a late harvest, with hand-selected grapes.
TASTING NOTES: Bursts of flavor including brown spice, rose petals, lychee and even hints of banana. Full body tropical fruit finishes with sweet and tart peach.
WITH FOOD: You can get creative and pair with gourmet bacon-wrapped appetizers, pancetta, or foie-gras. Excellent with pungent cheeses or cheese fondue and a side of honey and walnuts. Enjoy with shellfish, Thai dishes and other hard-to-pair foods.
KING FROSCH DRY Classic Riesling or Dry Riesling
THE WINE: The “Classic” designation was first seen in 2000. It’s a dry German wine style that satisfies a high criteria of quality. Intensity of flavor is key and wines must fulfill the taste profile of being harmonisch trocken (harmoniously dry).
THE GRAPE: Wine critics around the world declare Riesling one of the top 3 varietals.
TASTING NOTES: Discover the true joy of a dry German Riesling with this silky smooth, light fresh wine. Enjoy citrus, slight green apple and vineyard peach undertones. Refreshing and enjoyable.
WITH FOOD: Pairs well with a wide variety of cuisines, including spicy Korean, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Mexican dishes. Or your favorite curry! Wonderful with cheese and fruit or on its own. Try it with any dish that features fruit and savory flavors, such as Duck a la Orange or Venison with Blackberry Sauce.
KING FROSCH Riesling Auslese or Kerner Auslese
THE WINE: A noble sweet version of the Riesling, grown in prime wine making region of Rheinhessen, Germany.
THE GRAPE: These choice, select harvest Riesling grapes are the best of the best.
TASTING NOTES: Enjoy honey sweet flavors of rich peach and golden raisin. An elegant balance between acidity and residual sugar, this amazing wine glides down your throat.
WITH FOOD: More than just a dessert wine, this sophisticated sipper is delightful on its own. Or pair it with a melt-in-you mouth, thin presentation of dark or milk chocolate.
KING FROSCH Pinot Noir
THE WINE: This is one of our most popular dry red wines, especially with female wine-lovers. Crafted in stainless steel, no oak.
THE GRAPE: Known as a Blauer Spätburgunder in Germany, this varietal is usually mixed with other varietals in the U.S. to give it more color. This 100% Pinot Noir is unique in its lightness and drinkability.
TASTING NOTES: Light-bodied yet smooth with a distinctive bouquet reminiscent of almonds or blackberries. Easy on the tannins with a clean exit.
WITH FOOD: Excellent paired with strong cheeses, light meat dishes, goose or game.
KING FROSCH Dry Dornfelder
THE WINE: A dark, deep, dry favorite, this estate-bottled rarity is one of King Frosch’s “big reds.”
THE GRAPE: Dornfelder is a dark-skinned varietal of German origin, created by August Herold at the grape breeding institute in Weinsburg in 1955. A hybrid of the Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe, it is the second most widely grown red grape in Germany.
TASTING NOTES: Intense deep red color offers peppery, earthy taste with dry berry undertones and nice light tannins. Medium-bodied, it starts out dry and stays dry. Very robust and maintains good taste even after the bottle has been opened for a few days.
WITH FOOD: Pairs well with grilled meats, savory wild game dishes and your favorite cheeses.
KING FROSCH Merlot
THE WINE: Not your typical Merlot, this dark deep beauty is sometimes compared to a Cab Sav or Malbec. Grown in Bulgaria.
THE GRAPE: While Merlot is currently the most widely planted red varietal around the world, this specific grape is different from what you normally associate with Merlot.
TASTING NOTES: This dry Merlot delivers the taste of red and blackberries, aged to perfection in oak with firm, short tannins. Fresh hints of plum and currant, excellent for aging.
WITH FOOD: One of the reasons Merlot is so popular is because it pairs beautifully with many foods—try it with pâtés or other charcuterie, hearty roasts, rich, cheesy gratins and even grilled hamburgers or other BBQ fare.
KING FROSCH Semi-Sweet Dornfelder
THE WINE: This amazing red wine is our #1 best-seller!
THE GRAPE: The deep dark Dornfelder is behind many of Germany’s most beloved red wines.
TASTING NOTES: Intense dark cherry color and aromas of forest fruits and elderberries. Sweet berry taste with perfect balanced tannins at the finish. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
WITH FOOD: This is a stellar “stand-alone” glass of wine. However it truly is perfect with so many different dishes, from spicy ethnic fare to hearty BBQ and picnic foods. And since it is on the sweet side, it also pairs well with your favorite cakes, pies and pastries
KING FROSCH ICE WINES and TBA’s
THE WINE: In order to be classified as a German Ice Wine, the grapes must be harvested after the first frost. Since there are years in which this is simply not possible, Ice Wines are indeed rare and cherished. If there is no frost before the grapes are harvested, the resulting wine is called a TBA or Trockenbeerenauslese. (Dry berry select harvest)
THE GRAPE: King Frosch Ice Wines and TBA’s are available in a several varietals, from the classic Riesling to the more rare Siegerrebe or Silvaner.
TASTING NOTES: With this Diamond Series you will experience an explosion of sophisticated fruit flavors, depending on the grape.
WITH FOOD: We always recommend pouring a shot of ice wine over a delicate chocolate mousse for an unforgettable dessert experience. Serve cold, may be kept in the freezer after opening.
KING FROSCH Sparkling Riesling
THE WINE: A sparkling wine that pleases with Extra-Dry taste and quality.
THE GRAPE: Hand-crafted from premium Riesling grapes, grown in Germany’s most prestigious wine region.
TASTING NOTES: Enjoy perfect bubbles, combined with the mineral and light citrus flavors of a typical Riesling.
WITH FOOD: Surprise your guests with a glass when they walk in the door to get any party started on the right foot. Serve and enjoy chilled.
Pairs perfectly with any kind of cheese.
KING FROSCH CABERNET Sauvignon
THE WINE: Grown in one of the best micro-climates and soils for this varietal in Hungary, this favorite is lightly oaked in old barrels.
THE GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most popular and widely planted red varietals (surpassed only recently by Merlot).
TASTING NOTES: Multiple layers of fine fruit flavors with a hint of earthiness and green pepper. Well balanced acidity with a smooth, soft finish, extremely drinkable.
WITH FOOD: Pair with earthy mushrooms and steak au poivre, ahi tuna or grilled meats served with butter or cream sauces to neutralize the tannins. Great with Mozzarella, Cheddar or Brie cheeses. When pairing with chocolate, choose dark over milk.
KING FROSCH Chardonnay Spaetlese
THE WINE: A rare, noble sweet Chardonnay, un-oaked.
THE GRAPE: Experience this world-renowned grape done sweet—you will be surprised at the true un-oaked goodness of the varietal.
TASTING NOTES: Crafted from ripe and juicy late harvest grapes, bursting with hints of peach, apricot, honey and pineapple. Well balanced acidity keeps it refreshing.
WITH FOOD: Pairs well with fresh fruit, cheeses and green salads. Or try it with a casual burger and fries or your favorite picnic sandwich.
Wine and Food Pairing Rules of Thumb
1.Don’t Stress About It!
Everyone’s palate is highly individual. But here are a few basic rules of thumb that will help you select the right wine for any occasion.
2.Serve Lighter-Bodied, Lower Alcohol Wines First
Don’t overwhelm your guests with a big, dry red when they walk in the door! Greet them with a light sparkling wine and save the big reds for later in the evening. If you’re serving more than one wine at a party, start with lighter, lower alcohol wines before moving on to more full-bodied. You should also use the same rule of offering dry before sweet wines. Otherwise your palate will be confused by the sweetness of the wine and you will not be able to enjoy the dry wines. This is why the luscious ice-wines are always saved for the dessert course. Wines with 10 percent or less alcohol, won’t clash with foods like higher-alcohol wine often does. Alcohol accentuates the heat on your palate.
3.Balance Sweetness and Acidity
Some residual sugar lessens the perception of spice in your foods, which is why King Frosch wines with residual sugar of 15% or more will match with just about any type of food. A bit of sweetness in the wine will also match sweetness in your dishes, but don’t pair wines with foods that are sweeter than the wine itself. You will overload your palate with sugar! High amounts of acidity in food, such as citric or vinegar based sauces and dressings will decrease awareness of sourness in wine and making it taste richer and mellower—sweet wine will taste sweeter. Sourness and salt in food will suppress the bitter tastes in wine and can make wines taste sweeter than they would without food. You really need to experiment and see for yourself how different foods will make your favorite wine taste entirely new to you!
4.Pairing Wines and Cheeses
Dry red wines pair well with mild to sharp cheeses, such as Camembert, Brie or Cheddar. Pungent and intensely flavored cheeses, such as Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese are better paired with a sweeter wine, red or white. Goat cheeses and those made with sheep’s milk, pair well with dry white wine, while milder cheeses pair best with fruitier red wine.