Cheese, balsamic vinegar, and wine are examples of just a few items in a human’s diet that get better with age.
We have to ask, though, what makes wine age well?
First, it’s important to note that because of the production process, all wine is aged to a certain extent. While certain red wines progress through the fermentation stage for years, white wines typically do not need as much time before they are bottled and sold.
So, how can you determine which wines will age well?
One way to determine this, according to Binwise, is to pay attention to the wine’s sugar content. The higher the sugar content, the better wine will do with time. Ports and dessert wines tend to have much higher sugar levels and can age well for up to 100 years!
Higher levels of acidity can also help a wine age better and last longer. The longer a wine ages, the more it loses its acidity and “flattens,” so starting with higher levels will help it last for the long haul.
After the wine is bottled, certain chemical reactions occur through aging and result in the formation of phenolic compounds. Tannins, the most popular for these compounds, alter the character of the wine, including mouth feel, flavor profile, color, and aroma. Wines with higher levels of tannins that are also well-balanced will smooth out over time.
In non-fortified wines, alcohol levels can cause the wine to turn vinegary at a much faster rate. In general, the lower the alcohol level (13.5% or below) in non-fortified wines will age the best, while an ABV percentage of 17-20% in fortified wines will last the longest.
If you’re looking for varietals to age in a collection, we recommend the following from King Frosch:
We would like to note, King Frosch wines age in their bottles. While our red wines mature, our whites may change in color and flavor as time passes. As a result, we recommend our white wines be enjoyed within one to two years.
Happy Valentines Day, everyone! We’ve all heard the saying “drunk in love,” and if you’ve ever experienced love or drunkenness, you might be able to draw some similarities between the two feelings. Both make you feel blissful, rather invincible, and when the effects wear off, sad or depressed. As it turns out, a study published in a 2015 edition of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Reviews explores the effects of both oxytocin (also known as the love hormone,) and alcohol on the brain. What resulted were nearly identical results!
Oxytocin is released during skin to skin contact, and is why physical contact with someone else feels good. Alcohol has similar effects, but instead of natural production by the body, it is the product of sugar, fermenting yeast, and starches. Both of these compounds cause lowered inhibitions and help people take that “leap of faith,” also known as “Dutch courage.”
So, we hope you enjoy your Valentines Day and maybe even experience a bit of that “drunk in love feeling,” whichever way you choose to achieve it!
Now that 2020 is behind us (and we have 2020 vision!) it’s time for a year-end wrap up.
Overall, the 2020 vintage produced a very high quality throughout Germany. The country experienced a warm and sunny spring, but a frost in mid-May, which unfortunately resulted in damage and yield loss in some regions.
The main grape harvest began at the end of August, which is approximately 8 to 10 days earlier than average. Good weather continued throughout the summer into September. According to the German Wine Institute, “the red varieties in particular benefited from the warm weather… [and] will get even better as they further ripen in the cellar.” The vintage was crowned on November 30th with a successful harvest of frozen grapes for ice wine.
In total, the harvest volume of 2020 is two percent lower than the 10-year average due to the aforementioned frost. The pricing is also rather stable without including the impacted regions.
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.