German Wine for Summertime

The only thing that makes a perfect wine and food pairing even better is enjoying it outside on a beautiful summer day. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or dining al fresco at a rooftop restaurant, fresh, zippy German wines are a must for summer meals. Check out some of Wines of Germany’s favorite summer pairings!

Spätburgunder Rosé with Feta, Watermelon & Cucumber Salad:

Germany’s powerhouse Pinot regions, like Baden and the Pfalz, produce Rosé to rival Provence. Look for “trocken” on the label and enjoy the crisp, dry pink drink alongside a feta, watermelon, and cucumber salad. The bright acidity of German Rosé suits creamy cheeses, while the fruits and veggies play up the wine’s subtle notes of strawberries, watermelon, and wet stone, so pack this pairing for a picnic!

Riesling Trocken with Shrimp Skewers:

Terroir-expressive German Riesling can vary widely in style, so there’s a bottle for every summer potluck, tailgate, or barbecue. In Germany, Riesling lovers prefer (and mainly produce) drier styles of this classic varietal. Squeeze lime over grilled shrimp and veggie skewers to bring out the citrus notes and high acidity of a complex yet approachable Riesling Trocken. For a large party spread, German Riesling is an easy party pleaser for grilled dishes ranging from seafood to chicken to pork.

Spätburgunder with Turkey Burgers:

A typical German Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) is refreshingly low in tannins and lighter-bodied compared to red varietals from Mediterranean climates, making it your best red wine choice on a warm day. With notes of rich red berries and cloves, it matches meats and fish like salmon, duck, lamb, and pork. Try it with your grilled, seasoned turkey burger at the next barbecue!

Riesling Spätlese with Peach Crumble:

Fruity desserts are as essential as fireworks for rounding out a summer celebration, and call for an equally fruity pairing. Late harvest German Riesling is world famous for luscious honey and stone fruit flavors balanced by a tangy, electric acidity. A rich dish like peach crumble baked with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little lemon will complement this wine wonderfully.

Take the time this summer to enjoy the beautiful weather and our summery suggestions. We hope you’ll let us know what you think!