A delightful 7.5% alcohol, the 2011 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese cost about $25 for the 375ml, and scored 18 points on the Dionysian quality scale with a maximum of 20.

Petrol and white flowers were strong on the nose, a creamy sweetness that refreshed without being cloying filled the mouth. Great wines form the Mosel-Saar- Ruwer are sometimes hard to appreciate. The Mosel wines have green glass bottles. Brown is for the Rhine. The first name ending with “er” is the town the wine is from like  a New Yorker is from New York.  The second name is the vineyard; then comes the grape’s name and lastly, the level of sugars in the wine.


Low alcohol and high natural acids make these German dessert wines one of the best ways to end a meal.

German dessert wines can age for decades. I still have a few 1971 examples and they look great. The ’71, ’75, ’76 were some of the best in the 20th century. Put away an Auslese from 2015, and it will age gracefully for 20 to 30 years.  In Vino Veritas.