Blue Nun is a German wine brand by the company H. Sichel Söhne that was created in 1923 with the 1921 vintage, and which between the 1950s and 1980s was one of the largest international wine brands. It was one of the first wines to have been produced and effectively marketed with an international mass market in mind and its popularity was due in large part to its easy drinking semi-sweet character. I remember it being one of the first wines I enjoyed back when I first became of drinking age in the late 1970s and for some unknown reason had not tried any in quite some time. Until recently, that is. Blue Nun still has its iconic blue tinted bottle and kindly nun on the label but not on all of its varieties, but unlike its vintages in the 20th century, when it was a sweet Liebfraumilch blend, the Authentic White is now made from the classic Rivaner grape, a delicate golden grape cultivated in Rheinhessen, Germany in the Rhine region, with the sweetness cut back and which the back label promises “has more balance, softness and depth of fruit flavor.” It’s also lower than most wines, logging in at 10% ABV.
The winery is also producing and exporting a Riesling, packaged in a green-tinted bottle, but which still has an image of the kindly nun on the label. It’s made from Riesling grapes and is also is on the lower alcohol scale, at 10.5% ABV.
I sampled both and found them to be fairly similar and liked how both are not overly sweet, but are fruity, fairly uncomplicated and quite easy drinking. I also noticed that if you allow them to warm a bit, you’ll notice a bit of complexity coming through as it warms. I am certainly no wine expert, but know what I like, and I enjoyed revisiting the wine I enjoyed in my youth. I plan on drinking more, for I’ve discovered it also suits me in my old age as does its $10 price range.