Dennis Wolf Riesling 2020

This is one of two wines included in the Dirt Wine Club. Dennis Wolf’s CV reads like a who’s who of the wine world. Stints working with Klaus Peter-Keller, Ostertag in Alsace, Dagueneau in the Loire, and Chave in the Northern Rhône tell you that this is a winemaker with high standards—something that’s validated by your first electric sip of his Pfalz Riesling.

It’s crackling with Riesling’s signature acidity, but thanks to the sunnier climes of Pfalz, it’s a bit fuller-bodied with riper fruits than a Mosel Riesling. If you’ve ever said “I don’t drink Riesling,” let this wine convert you.

Producer: Dennis Wolf

Country: Germany

Region: Pfalz

Grape: Riesling

Lemon, petrol

Then you should try: If you like the acidity and freshGrüner Veltiner from Austria...or just keep drinking dry German Riesling! Look for the word “trocken,” which means dry, or ask your local wine seller for help.

- Pfalz Rieslings are known for their tropical citrus and gingery flavors—perfect for Thai food.
- The Haardt Mountain range protects the region from severe weather and allows grapes to ripen more fully.
- Where the Mosel is known for slate soils, Pfalz is home to limestone, loess, gravel, and sandstone.

Pair With: Peaches and Tomatoes With Burrata and Hot Sauce

Adapted from Bon Appetit

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. mild hot sauce (such as Crystal or Frank’s)
2 tsp. unseasoned rice vinegar
2 tsp. honey
Kosher salt
3 ripe peaches or nectarines, cut into wedges
2 large ripe tomatoes or 1 lb. mixed tomatoes, sliced
1 8-oz. ball burrata or fresh mozzarella, torn into large pieces
Tarragon sprigs (for serving)
Flaky sea salt

Step 1
Whisk oil, hot sauce, vinegar, and honey in a small bowl until honey is dissolved; season with kosher salt. Toss peaches, tomatoes, and half of dressing in a medium bowl; let sit 5 minutes.

Step 2
Transfer fruit salad to a platter. Top with burrata and drizzle with remaining dressing. Scatter a few torn tarragon sprigs over and season with sea salt.