Meet the Grape: Goethe said, “Life is too short to drink bad wine.” Sadly, his life was too short to taste any good wine from a grape called Kerner, bred in 1969 at Germany’s Württemberg Wine Institute. Kerner is a crossing of white Riesling and the red grape Trollinger. The result is something I like to call a “fat Riesling”— a white wine with a fragrantly fruity bouquet, some sweetness, peaked acidity and a slightly creamy mouth feel. Incidentally, Kerner was named after the German poet Justinius Kerner, renowned for his drinking songs.
Talk About Good Fortune: When it comes to Chinese dishes, Kerner is all about multitasking. It’ll showcase delicate vegetable dumplings, cool down peppery Kung Pao Shrimp, mirror the citrus flavors found in Orange Peel Chicken and cut the grease in a side of Pork Fried Rice. It’ll even taste great with your fortune cookie.
One Under Ten: The 2002 Koster Wolf Weingut Kerner for $9.99 should tickle your fancy with notes of kiwi and lemon sherbet.