We’ve all heard of Pinot Noir, but what exactly do these fancy words mean? Pinot Noir is derived from the French terms Pinot for pine and Noir for black. It’s actually one of the oldest grape varieties in the world- its history related to winemaking dates back to the first century AD. Pinot refers to the cone-like shape of the grapes’ clusters, which grow tightly together in pinecone-like shapes. Due to it’s tight growth structure and thin skin, the Pinot Noir grape is actually rather difficult to grow as it is more susceptible to rot1.
What Is Spätburgunder?
In Germany, they call Pinot Noir Spätburgunder (spät meaning late ripening, and burgunder referring to Burgundy). Though it was first documented in the 14th century, there is evidence that the varietal has been in Germany as early as the 4th century2. Due to Germany’s climate, the traditional Spätburgunder is typically lighter in color, body, and tannins, than its counterparts2. However, due to climate change, Germany’s summers are getting hotter and lately, Germany has been producing bigger and bolder Pinot than ever before.
How do you pair Pinot Noir/Spätburgunder?
Pinot Noir is considered one of the most food-friendly red wines because of its higher acid profile and bright, sheer tasting flavors3. So, if you’re pondering which bottle of wine to take when visiting friends, hosting a dinner gathering, or just unsure which wine will go best with dinner, we recommend a Pinot!
The Gewürztraminer grape is one of 18 classic noble grapes. It is a mutation of either the traminer grape from the village of Tramin in South Tyrol, or the savagnin, the parent grape of sauvignon blanc. Sources are a bit fuzzy on this point, but what we do know is that it is one of the oldest grapes in the wine world. The grape is white with pink skins and is commonly grown in Alsace, a region on the border of France and Germany.2 Because it needs a cool climate in order to develop aromas and the vine is particularly susceptible to disease, Gewürztraminer is difficult to grow. Scientists have even attempted to cross the grape with other varietals to strengthen it, but none have been successful thus far.3
Gewürztraminer gets its name from the term Gewürz, which in German means “herb.” The wine is famous for its traditionally high alcohol content and strong, tropical aromas including lychee, pineapple, melon, ginger, rose petals, and even smoke.
When pairing the wine with foods, you can try a wide variety of cuisines and flavors, from sweet, to spicy, to salty because of its low acidity and sweet or off-dry taste.2 This means that these wines are perfect for just about any occasion, from brunch to your Thanksgiving dinner!
We’ve all heard the old adage that we should drink red wines at room temperature, while drinking white wines chilled.
Why do we drink different wines at different temperatures?
Why is that? Chemistry! Red wines, especially those that are bigger and bolder, have tannins that provide nuance to flavor. If a red wine is chilled, the flavor may lose some of the lighter, more enjoyable nuances. Conversely, white wines have higher acidity, which, at warmer temperatures, can introduce unwanted tasting “noise.” By chilling the white wines, the flavor profile tightens, effectively muting some of that noise so that we may better enjoy the lighter, fruitier elements1 of the beverage.
What are these recommended temperatures?
But what is “room temperature,” and what is “chilled”? Many wine experts share the opinion that Americans actually drink their red wine too warm, and their white wines too cold. Part of this issue stems from the fact that “room temperature” in Europe really means cellar temperature, which tends to be around 55F to 65F. Room temperature in the United States, however, is approximately 72F 2 . Furthermore, refrigerators typically chill food to 37F, but experts state that white wine should be enjoyed between 45F and 50F1. This means that red wine is typically drunk 7 to 17 degrees warmer than intended, while white wine is drunk 8 to 13 degrees colder than what is recommended.
How do we reach the recommended temperatures?
So, how should we get wine to its intended temperature? Like many things, good planning plays an important role. If you have red wine at room temperature, just place it in the fridge about 45 minutes before you plan on enjoying it. If you have white wine at room temperature, place it in the fridge about two hours before you wish to drink it. You can also keep both red and white wine in the refrigerator, and then take the red out about half an hour before you wish to enjoy it3, and take the white out approximately 15 minutes before enjoyment. As a rule of thumb, the lighter the wine, the longer it should be in the fridge, and the heavier the wine, the shorter amount of time it needs to be chilled.
As always, recommendations are purely guidelines. Wine is for your enjoyment, so feel free to experiment with temperatures and stick with your own personal preference!
Popular wine varietals come and go, but one which is always at the top of the charts for white wine is the Riesling. The Riesling grape varietal has been around for several hundred years. It was first planted in the 15th century and now there are over 50,000 hectares planted of Riesling around the world. In fact, it is found on every continent where grapes are grown. Learn more about the Riesling grape varietal and why it is so popular.
A Most Hardy Varietal
Why is the Riesling so popular is all growing regions? As you know, the Riesling is most closely associated with Germany. The Riesling grape hails from Germany and is a major varietal within the country. Secondly, the vines have a high tolerance for the cold weather and are drought resistant. In addition, the berries of this varietal are very light and the grapes have proven a strong resistance to botrytis. This is a fungus or mold which grows on the vine. A Riesling’s hardiness means it can grow in many regions, in many countries.
From Dry to Sweet
Riesling can range from sweet to dry, and all versions are delicious. Many people immediately connect it with sweeter versions popular in the U.S., but in Germany it is crafted at all levels. When crafted as a dry style it contains very little or no sugar, and there are even diabetic versions available. The sweetness level is a personal preference but the Riesling tastes great, clean and refreshing no matter what the level of residual sugar.
Typical Riesling Flavors
The Riesling grape is described as juicy, floral, earthy, tangy, tart, fruity and you will often smell lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, apples and the list goes on for this versatile varietal. The amount of alcohol in the drink is dependent on ripeness and sweetness levels. However, even though the Riesling often times has a strong floral aroma and fruit flavors, the high acidity levels leave behind a nice crisp taste.
Balanced Acidity and Fruit Flavor
Since the Riesling has high acidity levels, it not only makes it enjoyable to drink, it can be aged for hundreds of years. This makes it one of the few white wines that is very good quality after being aged. Most white wines are meant to be drunk soon after they are bottled.
How to Enjoy a Riesling
When serving a Riesling, first give it some time to breathe. Riesling is usually best served at a temperature of 44-50 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows for the characteristics and aromas of the wine to flourish in your mouth.
Riesling and Food Pairings
Rieslings pair well with almost every type of food. This includes spicy ethnic dishes and even sushi. There are no oaky tones or harsh flavors in Riesling. Chefs love to create meals paired with a Riesling because it is so versatile and complements many foods. In addition to being a star at the dinner table, a sweeter version can also serve as a final dessert. In short, the Riesling is perfect for any social situation. So there truly is a Riesling for everyone. The more you learn about the Riesling grape varietal, the more you will discover it is simply a matter of finding the one with the right sweetness level to fit your palate.
It starts when Klaus Bellinghausen recognizes a void for all natural, clean-crafted wines after movinig to California. He brings his favorite all natural, clean-crafted, German wines directly to wine lovers. In 2003, he opens King Frosch All Natural Wines. Learn more about all natural clean-crafted no-headache wines.
“All our wines follow a recipe of perfect balance between naturally occurring sweetness in the wine and acidity,” says Bellinghausen.
Today they are known as no-headache wines by thousands of faithful King Frosch fans.
Hand Selected and Crafted at Family Owned Vineyards
First of all, Klaus works with family-owned vineyards in the world’s premier wine-growing areas. Secondly, he develops standards for all natural, clean-crafted King Frosch Wines.
Finally, wineries which craft wines for King Frosch must meet Klaus’ stringent guidelines. In order to oversee the selection process, he travels to Germany twice annually.
Usually, rich top soil at vineyards where King Frosch Wines are born is scarce. However, this forces the vines’ root systems to seek deep down to the nutrients in the soil, drawing from rich mineral reserves below the surface.
This is in stark contrast to wines made from grapes grown in shallow fields that have been over-irrigated, fertilized with synthetic chemicals and waterlogged.
In addition, all King Frosch German wines are crafted under Germany’s strict wine making laws. This means there are no artificial colors or additives (apart from the required sulfites, which are much lower than used in other countries). All the wineries use sustainable, environmentally friendly farming methods, including dry farming.
Known as the No-Headache Wines
In fact, King Frosch Wines customers call them the “no-headache” wines. We have over 3,000 customers who purchase direct from us online and we are respected for our quality and consistency.
Today King Frosch offers over 50 varietals. If you are looking for all natural wines, clean-crafted wines, you need to learn about King Frosch Wines.
Tired of wine headaches? Switch to all natural wines and you may put an end to them. Are you familiar with this story?
It’s Friday night, and you open a bottle of your favorite red wine. What a fantastic way to start the weekend! But after your second glass, you feel nauseous and your face is flushed. It’s that dreaded red wine headache again and the night ends early. But you are not alone—a reported 75% of wine drinkers know the feeling.
For many, red wine headaches are regular occurrences. The alcohol content in the wine is usually not the culprit. You may have searched for preventative solutions, such as drinking a lot of water or taking anti-histamines, but nothing helps. There is hope! But before you cork your bottles and put them back on the rack, here are three reasons why natural wines may be your ticket to a better weekend.
Natural wines contain less of the “stuff” that causes headaches
The cause of your wine headache is most likely histamine intolerance, or when your body has an allergic reaction to this pesky compound. However, not all wines contain high levels of histamines. The most effective way to avoid wine headaches is choosing to drink wines with low histamine levels. King Frosch’s wines have the lowest histamine levels in the world—they come from a country that recommends histamine levels remain at less that 2mg/liter . Other wines can have levels as high as 8mg/liter. The way King Frosch wines are crafted, many in stainless steel tanks, also help maintain lower levels of histamines. In fact, many of our customers refer to the King Frosch as “The No Headache Wine” for that very reason.
2. Natural wines taste fresher than wines with artificial ingredients.
Cheap wines are infamous for being warm on the throat, and feeling as though they’re fighting their way down to your stomach. Why? If you’re paying less than $10 per bottle, you are pretty much guaranteed that your wine was made using artificial taste and/or color enhancers in order to simulate the taste of best-selling, more expensive wines. But even expensive wines can be mass produced with low-quality grapes that need a little artificial help. It’s also not unusual for wine companies to add sugar to increase the alcohol content, which is another trick used to hide flaws. This can be done legally or illegally, according to the wine laws of the country in which the wine is produced. Natural wine companies, on the other hand, respect the wine-making process and work with the grapes from a specific region, from a specific varietal. Rather than adding sugar and artificial colors, King Frosch emphasizes the importance of naturally perfecting our wines during every step of the wine-making process. King Frosch Wines are crafted according to strict German wine laws, which prevent and forbid certain additives for certain quality levels. The result is a wonderful finished product–a perfect balance between fruit and acidity–unlike companies that rush their wine making process and rely heavily on adding artificial ingredients.
3. Natural Wines have nothing to hide.
In the United States and other countries, wine companies don’t have to disclose certain ingredients on their labels, such as the type of food coloring used, how much unnatural sugar was added to the wine, or whether chips of toasted oak are used to flavor the wine. However, when you drink an all natural wine, you don’t have to worry about consuming Mega Purple concentrate or Red No.3, and you certainly don’t have have to consider the authenticity of the flavors that you are tasting. So are you ready to try a delicious, all-natural wine? King Frosch is always looking out for your best wine-related interests. You will find our all natural wines here.
King Frosch just received word that three of our wines were 2016 award winners at the 8th annual Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.
This year’s evaluations were conducted over the final weekend in January by a team of 19 prominent winemakers. And the King Frosch Award Winning Wines are:
BEST of SHOW Dessert Wine: King Frosch 2015 Noble Sweet Riesling Auslese, which is also known as #8B on our website. It was also awarded a special Platinum Award. This means it received a point score on the 100 scale. The score it received was 95 points!
SILVER AWARD WINNER: King Frosch’s 2014 Dry Dornfelder received the Silver Award. This isn’t surprising! One of our best-selling red wines, this is the second Silver Medal it has received. This delicious, earthy dry red wine offers a full mouth experience with a clean finish. Light tannins, peppery finish. It’s also a rare dry red in the U.S., as the Dornfelder varietal is grown in limited quantities and not many are exported. This German estate wine is a winner. And remember, all King Frosch All Natural wines have no artificial coloring, or taste enhancers and they have the lowest levels of sulfites possible, which makes for clean, enjoyable drinking.
Love wines, hate headaches? If you love wines but are getting tired of over-oaked Chardonnays and big reds with too much alcohol and a harsh finish, you should try King Frosch All Natural Wines. The wines you drink should make you feel good, not give you a headache or be hard to swallow. Fresh, young, fun, yet old world at the same time, the King Frosch line of All Natural wines is converting wine, cocktail and beer drinkers into wine lovers. These wines are not pretentious or snobby. They are just as likely to appeal to a “big red” wine drinker who never drinks white wine, as they are to white wine drinkers who are tired of oak, oak and more oak. Most importantly, many of our customers say they don’t get headaches when they enjoy our wines.
ALL NATURAL ESTATE WINES
King Frosch evolved from a partnership between BBG Wines and several small to medium sized family vineyards located in Rheinland Pfalz and the Rheinhessen grape growing regions of Germany. Today the King Frosch line features over 50 different wines, something for every palate. From dry and fruity Rieslings to amazing rare reds and sparkling wines, we have it all. Plus, our award-winning ice-wines shouldn’t be missed.
DISCOVER THE OTHER SIDE OF GERMAN WINE
BBG Wines owner, Klaus Bellinghausen, developed the King Frosch brand in order help more people discover the great tastes of German wines. “It’s still hard to explain to people that not all German wines are sweet! Or that we have red wines!”
MAKE THE LEAP
The King Frosch label represents the German fairy tale about the Frog King that is transformed into a prince. King Frosch wines are designed to transform your ideas about German wine. Open a bottle and discover a world of wines so clean and refreshing, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to make the leap.
CRAFTED ACCORDING TO OLD WORLD TRADITIONS
King Frosch wines are produced according to strict German wine laws and feature the lowest histamine and sulfite levels in the world. How low? Only 20 parts per million, in comparison to U.S. produced wines which can have 320 parts per million. The majority of King Frosch wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks instead of oak barrels, preventing the addition of histamines from oak.
NATURAL MEANS FEWER WINE HEADACHES
King Frosch wines deliver pure tastes, with the lowest levels for histamines and sulfites and no artificial flavors, coloring or sugars that do not naturally occur. Our repeat customers call them “the no headache wines.” King Frosch wines are clean and refreshing.
OUR CUSTOMERS SAY:
“Red wines usually give me a headache after one or two glasses, but the King Frosch Dornfelder didn’t have that effect on me. I love it!”
“I thought I couldn’t enjoy a glass of wine again without feeling bad or tired, and then I tried a King Frosch Dry Riesling and it was perfect!” We will be sharing more online testimonials and videos from our very satisfied wine lovers. If you want to add your comments or share your King Frosch experiences, please leave a comment.
PERFECT WITH FOOD
King Frosch wines, especially our Rieslings, match well with a wide variety of foods. With low alcohol levels, subtle fruit tastes balanced by acidity and tinged with minerality and terroir, our Rieslings are easy to pair with food. They are also very easy to like and thanks to King Frosch, easy to understand. Ask any wine expert which grape is considered the King of Grapes–it’s the Riesling! But don’t take the expert’s word for it, find out for yourself.
GREAT PRICE POINTS
King Frosch Wines are not over priced or underpriced, now you can get exclusive imported wines at a great value. Why guess at what might taste good when you shop for wines at the supermarket? Have King Frosch Wines delivered to your home or office and you can be sure you will have wines you and your guests will love on hand. Avoid the hit and miss at the store–get wines you like for sure.