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Sep 20, 2006 01:45 AM

Federweisser (young wine) in Manhattan ?


unfortunately I do not know the right translation.
Is this very young buyable in the Manhattan or at least NYC ??

Thanks, Heiko

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  1. I believe that the literal translation for federweisser is feather white. It's called this because the young wine (actually closer to grape juice than wine) is still fermenting and is cloudy from yeast and its action making it look milky white. I've had it in Germany during the harvest season (this time of year). It's loosely capped to allow the bubbles of carbon dioxide of the ongoing alcoholic fermentation to escape, otherwise the container would explode. Also, the cap should be removed periodically to allow the gasses to escape. I'll be interested to hear if you can find a source for it.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Hello Melanie,
      indeed I am German and miss this Federweisser. Normally I brought it in a plane, just one bottle for fun and taste - but with the new airplane security rules, liquids are impossible as carry on, especially due to the open bottle...

      Cheers, Heiko

      1. re: hmack

        Yep, these days it's something you'll have to buy locally. I'm not a New Yorker and just happened to see your post pop up on Hot Posts and Federweisser caught my attention. I've heard of a retailer/tasting bar in NY called Vintage New York
        that is affiliated with NY wineries. Perhaps they can help you locate a local winery source.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Sherry-Lehmann can usually order many wines, if not on hand in the store. Call:

          1. re: Ora

            Federweisser isn't really alcoholic enough to be called wine. Depending on the laws of your state, it might not be legal to sell except direct from winery, if that.

            Here's a link to a press release from Anthony Road in the Finger Lakes District, sadly looks like we've missed the Sept. 9 festival.

            P. S. If you do locate some, be sure to have some zweibelkuchen with it, the traditional accompaniment to the sweet, fizzy juice.

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