This WINE PICK of the month was written for the Luke's of Cape Cod website.
Trocken means dry in German and Sekt is the word used for sparkling wine in German-speaking countries. Thus, this offering is an Extra Dry sparkling wine. It's made from Riesling grapes in the town of Bad Durkheim within the winemaking region of Pfalz, Germany.
The family-owned Fitz-Ritter winery also has local ties for me: the family has a home-away-from-home in Falmouth, Massachusetts. All of their wine is organic.
Because this bubbly is made in the same method as champagne, it has a toasty bread and nutty characteristic. But Riesling is totally the boss and what it brings to the table makes it unlike any other sparkling wine you've ever had. Aromas of lychee, pear and coconut make up a lively nose. Green apple, lime and orange make up a very tasty palate that leaves you salivating for more.
This is an amazing pairing with bratwurst or any kind of sausage. It would also go great with any kind of poultry, from chicken to turkey to duck, or as a stand-alone at any kind of celebration. Try it and you'll agree that we all need more Sekt in our lives.