Last week I wrote about a less sweet alternative to Moscato in the form of the off-dry Jacob Heims Steep Slope Riesling. This week I’d like to do the same for those searching for a simple, dry, yet somewhat fruity alternative to a Pinot Grigio. I recommend giving a Mueller Thurgau a try.
In the not too distant past, this was the Rodney Dangerfield of grapes. It was initially from Switzerland, then made its way to Germany where it was widely grown after World War II to help save the vitaculturial economy. Hardy, easy to grow, the Mueller Thurgau produced easy to drink table wines. Low and behold it took off and in some ways helped the German cheap wine craze in the 1960’s that Americans embraced.
After a period of time where higher end German wines were catching on, particularly off dry and dry Rieslings, sales of Blue Nun, Black Tower and wines made from Mueller Thurgau decreased. Of course what goes around comes around, and this light, simple, crisp dry white is back in favor.
Borell-Diehl produces it in the traditional aromatic style with a good dose of lime, stone fruit, and crisp acidity, a smidgen of sweetness and no oak. A modest amount of alcohol and generous citrus make this a wonderful, refreshing Summer wine. Frankly, it may pull the rug out from under many Pinot Grigios.
This wine is excellent on its own or with light summer dishes like seafood salads or a variety of green vegetable dishes. Try it with grilled asparagus and crab salad with dill.
This wine is also a bargain because you get 33% more in the one liter bottle.