My daughter made an amazing Chinese Dim Sum dinner last night and we decided to pair it with a sparkling Rose’; the Schloss Bierbrich, Rose’ Sekt from Germany. The Germans really love sparkling wine and are the largest consumers of it in Europe, though they are only the third largest producer of sparkling wines globally.
The designation Sekt Troken in a sparkling wine is different than in a still wine. In a sparkling wine it’s not dry but more of an off dry. The wine’s nose had earthy, mineralistic notes to it and the palate showcased notes of honey, honeysuckle, and pear with a smooth mouth feel. This non-vintage, sparkling wine is a combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (known as Spatburgunder in Germany) and had 11% alcohol. The finish came in at around 30 seconds and the wine retained lovely bubbles during our dinner.
It was interesting to note how the palate was semi-sweet when drunk by itself, but when paired with our salty and spicy Dim Sum it appeared to drink quite dry. It’s a great buy at Trader Joes for under $10.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.