Wine Guy: Germany’s refreshing, healthy Rieslings | lifestyle


With all of the attention paid to healthier lifestyles and diets, it comes as no surprise that this is a concern in the beverage world as well. The big news lately has been the popularity of Hard Selters and their lower alcohol content.

Now, low-alcohol, low-sugar and low-calorie wines are popping up, presenting themselves as healthier alternatives for the calorie-conscious. Most of the time this is just marketing – the wine’s answer to the tough seltzer. While there are things you can do in the vineyard to get the result you want, most of these wines are manipulated in the cellar.

Of course, I prefer low-alcohol wines like the German Riesling. Slightly sweet wines come with 8 to 9% alcohol, semi-dry around 11% and dry wines with 12% alcohol. Most table wines these days have 13% to 15% alcohol. Depending on your preference, all of them are ideal soft drinks for the summer heat: crunchy, juicy and balanced. They are also attractive to the budget conscious.

Here I offer you wines according to your wishes from four of the best winemakers in the famous Moselle valley and a top producer in the Rheingau. These are classic, light Rieslings that help you drink healthily and still enjoy a real natural product – something grown, not manufactured.

These dry wines give you about 120 calories per 5-ounce glass.

• 2019 Dr. L Dry ($ 12), juicy green apple, tangy steel finish.

• 2019 Dr. Loosen Red Slate ($ 18), the name refers to its floors; fresh, tart lime, green apple.

• 2019 Maximin Grünhäus MAXiMiN ($ 16), round, citrus, apple, steely, spicy.

• 2019 Robert Weil Trocken ($ 20), from the Rheingau; detailed, peach, citrus, mineral.

These semi-dry wines have about ten fewer calories.

• 2019 Fritz Haag Estate ($ 20), fresh apple, slightly hot.

• 2019 Zilliken Butterfly ($ 22), like biting into a ripe Granny Smith apple.

• 2019 Robert Weil Tradition ($ 20), lively grapefruit, lemon, mineral.

These slightly sweet wines have around 100 calories.

• 2019 Zilliken Estate ($ 22), lively, mineral, tangy citrus, apricot.

• 2020 Dr. L Riesling ($ 12), apple peach, classy, ​​elegant.

• 2019 Clean Slate ($ 12), light, round, lemon, green apple, peach.

Finally, cabinet wines are also in the slightly sweet category. While their higher price requires more dedication, these single-site wines are more pronouncedly complex.

• 2019 Maximin Grünhäus Herrenberg ($ 34), amazingly light, delicate, defined, flint-stone, tangy, citrus, peach, tangerine.

• 2019 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer ($ 26), intense, lively, citrus, apple, stony, lavishly elegant.

• 2019 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sundial ($ 28), aromatic, crunchy, pure apple, citrus, peach, tangy, mineral.

As a bonus, all of these wines are ideal for the lighter dishes of the summer: sushi, shellfish, grilled fish, as well as most Asian and chicken dishes, and even spicy foods.