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Rolling on the Ruwer

Rolling on the Ruwer

Post by David Derby| April 27th, 2011

There was a time when the wines were labeled “Mosel-Saar-Ruwer.”  Today, to make things simpler, they are lumped together as just “Mosel.”  In my humble opinion, this is a mistake… as each river has its own soils, weather, and identity.

Pretty view, but where's the wine?

On our trip they saved the best for last, as we explored the teeny, tiny Ruwer River. The mighty Rhein is majestic; the Mosel has more twists and turns than the plot of a film noir. Then there is the Ruwer, what we would call a stream in America. Yet what it lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor. The wines produced from this region are probably the raciest of any in the world. This backbone of acidity is what makes them both food friendly and able to last not years, but decades. (more…)