Ring In The New Year With These Incredible German Wines

Includes Easy Appetizer Pairings and Recipes!

My favorite way to ring in the new year is with my close friends, a few bottles of fantastic wine, and some delicious appetizers. This year I’ll be opening some of my favorite German wines for New Years Eve. These wines are not only a great value, but they’re food-friendly too. I’m also sharing my easy appetizer recipes that are always a hit (and pair perfectly with the wine, obviously). Keep reading for all the details!

2017 Julian Haart Moselle Riesling Paired With Ham, Cheese, and Jam Sandwiches

This riesling from Germany’s Mosel region has a hint of oak on the nose with green apples and lemon on the palate. It’s both dry and acidic which makes it a delicious pair with the ham and cheese sandwiches. This riesling is a fantastic white wine that can’t be overpowered by the savory & sweet flavors of this yummy appetizer.

Ham, Cheese, & Jam Sandwich Recipe:
12 Hawaiian style rolls
3/4 lb deli ham
1/2 lb swiss cheese sliced
6 tablespoons butter melted
3 tablespoons fig jam
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped
cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray. Place the bottom half of the rolls on the pan. Layer the ham on top of the rolls, then layer the cheese over the ham. Spread the fig jam over the inside of the tops of the rolls and place over the cheese. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, poppy seeds, dried onion and Worcestershire sauce. Drizzle the butter mixture over the tops of the rolls. Cover the sandwiches with foil and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover the rolls and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes until the tops of the rolls are lightly browned. Sprinkle parsley over the top. Cut into individual sandwiches and serve immediately.

2013 Königschaffhauser Steingrüble Pinot Noir Trocken Paired With Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

I always love to open a bottle of Pinot Noir whenever I’m serving food. This Pinot Noir from the Baden region has bright scents of raspberries and red cherries. It’s also a light style and acidic red which makes it an appetizer-friendly wine. The bright and juicy red fruit in this wine pairs splendidly with this savory and creamy appetizer. Pro tip: “Spätburgunder” is the German name for Pinot Noir, and “Trocken” means dry!

Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
1 pound whole fresh mushrooms, stems removed
1 package 8oz cream cheese (softened)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 bacon strips
1 tablespoon chopped green onion

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat broiler. Mix cream cheese and garlic powder in a large bowl. Stir in bacon and green onion. Place mushrooms in an ungreased 15x10x1 inch pan (stem side up). Fill with cream cheese mixture. Broil for about 5 minutes until heated through.

For more information on German wines, check out the German Wine USA website (click here)! Consider them your primary source for information on Germany’s 13 wine regions, more food pairing ideas, and fun facts! Many of you might already be familiar with German Riesling, but there are many more high quality wines to explore from the region, such as Sekt & Silvaner!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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