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Restaurant Kronenschlösschen* in Hattenheim, Germany – Classic with a twist

After a spree to the Rheingau wine region on a beautiful sunday we were looking for a place to have dinner. While we couldn’t come up with any casual restaurant that day, we had the sudden inspiration to go for Patrick Kimpel‘s fine dining restaurant within the Hotel Kronenschlößchen in Hattenheim. Read the rest of this entry »

Restaurant L’air Du temps**, Belgium – “Sang-sational!”


We are still in Belgium, one day after our dinner at Pastorale, again in a small village. This time in Noville-sur-Mehaigne; you probably won’t know it, but your GPS will. It lies probably half an hour outside of Brussels, not far from Namur. From the German border, you should be there after one hour on the Belgian highway.

Lunchtime is near and we are awaited at l’Air Du Temps, the 2 star restaurant of chef Sang Hoon Degeimbre.  Again, I am glad to join my friends of Gastros on Tour for this meal. I am especially excited because it’s my first time at this restaurant I have already heard and read so much about. Read the rest of this entry »

1999 Cornas, Domaine A. Clape – Discovering Syrah at its best.


A few weeks ago I watched this episode of  WLTV, where Gary V’s guest,  Michael Madrigale, sommelier at Bar Boulud in NY, talks about his life and how he got into wine. I was particularly attentive when he explained how he finally discovered the wines of the Northern Rhône , a wine-region he didn’t understand at first, but is totally obsessed with now.  I was fascinated by the level of passion in his words and felt that I could clearly follow his reasoning on how his connection to Rhône wines developed.

While watching this, I also realized that my own experience with Northern Rhône is definitely limited if not non-existent (supermarket Crozes-Hermitage doesn’t do the appelation right I guess). And since passion can be contagious: right after the show, inspired by the praising of matured Syrah, I screened the web for interesting bottles. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: France,Rhône

1999 Vosne-Romanée, Domaine Hudelot-Noellat, Burgundy


This bottle is part of my Burgundy experimental series where I try to pick bottles of good vintages, but from vignerons which are not of worldwide reputation. I was told by my undercover informants, that Hudelot-Noellat would be such a winery and ordered their Vosne-Romanée village wine from the solid 1999 vintage. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Bourgogne,France

1999 Vosne-Romanée, Domaine Michel Gros


Domaine Michel Gros is one of the better names in Vosne. And since there is a famous adage for Burgundy saying “The name of the producer is as important as the name of the vineyard”, this is a crucial piece of information. But what is it based on? Just subjective studying of websites and forums, I have to admit. The domaine owns a few interesting vineyards in the Côte de Nuits such as the Premier Cru Clos des Réas as a monopoly but even if this name sounds quite euphonious as well, it isn’t Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Bourgogne,France

1999 Fixin “Les Arvelets” 1er Cru, Domaine Berthaut


Das neue Jahr braucht gute Vorsätze und natürlich auch in Sachen Wein. Mehr entdecken und Kenntnisse vertiefen sind die Stichworte für den Blind Tasting Club. Spontan fällt mir da unter anderen eine Region ein die es besonders betrifft: Das Burgund. Bisher war es für mich immer eine Region in der Überraschungen und Enttäuschungen sehr nah beinander lagen und der Preis kein guter Indikator für Qualität ist. Und auch vor kurzem konnte mir ein Corton Grand Cru der Hospices des Beaunes weder den Glanz noch die Gloria vermitteln für die er eigentlich steht. Da wäre ein Silberstreif am Horizont jetzt eigentlich ganz angebracht, so zur Ermutigung. Read the rest of this entry »