German Riesling Kabinett: The Ideal Light Alcohol Wine

In the past, almost all table wines were 12.5% in alcohol. But this do not happen anymore. Nowadays, when you look at the label of wines that you buy – especially if they are produced in warmer climate, you will see at least 13% of alcohol, but more often 14% , which sometimes can be even higher.

So, if you still like to enjoy a glass or two with your dinner but are concerned with the alcohol level, know there are numerous wines low in alcohol level but still high in flavor. However, when it comes to versatile lower alcohol wine, a German Riesling Kabinett takes the first place on the list.
Kabinett is a light German Riesling wine style that is usually off dry and features tremendous acidity – which perfectly balances out the residual sweetness in the wine. Unless it is labeled as 'Trocken' (dry) its alcohol level range from as low as 8% to about 11,5%.

German Riesling wine Kabinett style pairs perfectly with food, and when packed with ripe fruit, can be very versatile at the table. Its off-dry character makes it an amazing pair with Asian and spicy dishes including Spring roll, Thai Red Curry, Peking Duck, etc. So, next time you order one of these dishes reach for a glass of Kabinnet. It will sure not disappoint, and its 8-11% alcohol level will even allow you a second glass.

Some great German Riesling Wine Kabinett style for you to try are:

2007 Gysler Weinheimer Riesling - With 8.5% alcohol, and costing around $16 , this wine is crisp, juicy and features ripe peach, apricot and guava flavors.

  • 2006 Heribert Boch Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling - An elegant, minerally and off-dry wine that has 11.5% alcohol, and cost around $16. It features lovely honeysuckle, nectarine, and elderflower aromas and flavors.
  • 2006 Weingut Johannishof ‘V’ Riesling - Bright and tangy this wine has 9.5% alcohol and can be also found at $16. If features mango, peach, ruby grapefruit, and lots of stony minerality flavors.
  • 2006 Darting Dürkheimer Hochbenn Riesling - A 11% alcohol wine that is crisp and refreshing and cost around $15. It has pineapple, white peach, and juicy citrus notes and a great spicy finish.

    Good quality Kabinett level German Riesling wine is widely available in Australia. Visit online wine sites to find great deals on them.

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