One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wine of German origin or style of superior or reserve quality, especially one made from a specified quality of grape must, without added sugar.
- ‘In the table wine category, in increasing order of weight/alcohol and sugar, these wines are: Kabinett, Spatlese and Auslese, with the last category made up largely of wines which are a bit too sweet to serve with dinner.’
- ‘Fortunately, many of the good ones are the moderately priced Kabinett wines.’
- ‘Here are a few producers I have tried in recent weeks and can highly recommend: Graff 1998 Spatlese, Selbach-Oster 1997 Kabinett, Fritz Haag 1998 Kabinett and Dr. Bürklin-Wolf 1998 Kabinett.’
- ‘These wines are more intense in flavor and concentration than quality wines and Kabinetts.’
- ‘The Germans have no less than five designated levels of ripeness for Riesling that loosely correlate to sweetness: Kabinett, Auslese, Spatlese, and so on.’
From German Kabinettwein, literally ‘chamber wine’.
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