I can’t believe I’m posting on Christmas Eve, but the house is now empty of brothers, their wives, grandchildren and great grandchildren so it’s just me and good ol Mom!

I was on my way out the door Tuesday and literally grabbed a bottle of wine. I had a bottle of German Riesling that I had been told was pretty good – by a German no less!

A little bit of Internet research before popping the bottle raised my interest. Bernard Pawis is an East German winemaker. Why that should be a surprise to anyone not familiar with German wines is that most Riesling comes from the Rhine River valley area.

Pawis is a relatively new producer. His 2006 Riesling Edelacker Qualitatswein trocken is a $30 bottle of wine.

It is a really smooth Riesling. Instead of the usual tartness and acidity you get a big dose of orange with enough mineral to make this a great wine from front of the palate to the finish.

It was a nice change of pace which made it a great evening wine nibbling on snacks and Christmas eve pork roast, ham, and all the trimmings.

This one is probably going to be hard to find in the U.S. He is not a big producer and this one was hand carried from Germany.

Note: Not exactly the right label in photo, but close!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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