Germany returns in the same spot as the last several years to the left of the Pavilion.
Each of the three main food items return and at least one of the rieslings seems new, though the names are so long that I may just be confused. A new Pinot Noir also joins the ranks.
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese – $4.25
The Schinkennudeln is one of the items that I look forward to the most year in and year out. It’s wallop of a portion of very creamy, very cheesy ham noodle casserole with just a hint of nutmeg. It’s most comforting during the cooler evenings in late October and November, but is delicious all the same in the middle of the day in September. However long or short your list of items to get might be, add this to it.
Roast Bratwurst served in a Pretzel Roll – $5.50
One of the best-selling and most popular items, this is a mildly spicy breakfast sausage served with a plump, yet comically small, pretzel roll and a side of spicy mustard. It’s one of the “safer bets” that has never done much for me, but it’s worth adding to an order just for the novelty.
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce – $4
Disney does a nice job with their Apple Strudel – the crust has a nice crispiness with a brush of sugar and the apples inside are plentiful and crisp. The vanilla sauce adds another layer of sweetness that contrasts nicely with the cinnamon. I think this is straightforward enough that it doesn’t necessarily demand a purchase, but what you’ll receive is delicious.
Riesling Flight – $6.50
With three very long names
This probably isn’t the atmosphere to compare and contrast the subtle differences among three sweet German rieslings, but it’s still fun to try. These go from sweet to sweeter to sweetest, just like me after one drink, two drinks, and three drinks. I can’t offer much more guidance than this is a good option for those that enjoy sweet white wines.
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir – $5
Hailing from Pfalz, Germany and brought to us under the tutelage of Dr. Loosen, the Villa Wolf Pinot Noir is about what you would expect from the Rhine river valley. Full of bright, juicy cherries and blackberries, the wine is easy to drink with earthier tannins than what you’ll typically pick up from similar wines produced up north in Alsace. It’s one of the better values at $5 and would pair well enough with the Roast Bratwurst
Overall, Germany offers a strong selection of lineup of food and drink. The Schinkennudeln and Apple Strudel are definitely worth stopping to enjoy and you can also order the Zwickel Pilsner here as well. Consider a Riesling Flight to try out three different interpretations of riesling and consider the Pinor Noir if red wines are more your thing. It’s a good year in Germany.
Spain is up next with this review.