Wine Word of the Week: Sturm

By Kori ~ August 2nd, 2011.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is Sturm.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Sturm is the cloudy, part-fermented, very slightly sparkling sweet grape juice that is a local specialty at harvest time in Austria. It is generally white but red versions are also produced. The German equivalent is Federweisser, in Luxembourg it is known as Fiederweissen, and in Alsace it is known, confusingly, as vin nouveau. It tends to be drunk with hearty autumn food such as Zwiebelkuchen (onion tart).

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Sturm is grape must served during harvest in Austria and often enjoyed with roasted chestnuts.

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