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New Year’s Eve Rieslings

There are many ways to end the old year and start the new one. But for many there is one constant: drinking Champagne or other sparkling wines. Is it the only acceptable beverage for celebrating? For us, Riesling turned out to be a great alternative. And if you think about it, the symbolism works: freshness and juiciness stand for rejuvenation or a new beginning. Exactly what we wish for. Plus we had some nice bottles to uncork:


2009 Schieferterrassen Riesling, Heymann-Löwenstein, Mosel – Compelling nose of gunpowder and yellow fruit for this still off-dry Mosel Riesling. Even flintier smell than its brother wine Vom blauen Schiefer.The wine doesn’t appear sweet, rather balanced out by the power of 13% alcohol (without feeling alcoholic). Acidity is so well integrated you would think it Read the rest of this entry »

2 Rheingauer Lagen- Kabinette im Vergleich

Nun man könnte vielleicht auch sagen, 2 Top Lagen im Vergleich oder auch 2 Top Winzer im Vergleich. Sicher ist aber zumindest: Beide Weine entstanden im Top-Jahrgang 07 und um es schonmal vorweg zu nehmen, werden diesem auch gerecht.

(Oops, falsches Foto, es war ein 2007er!) Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Germany,Rheingau

2007 Kiedricher Gräfenberg EG: Rheingau or Condrieu?


One reason why I think Riesling is such a great grape is that it can take on so many different appearances. Terroir, vinifaction and vintage influence can lead the style more into one or another direction. On occasion you realize this in drastic manner when you open a bottle and you feel like it evokes some specific other region, grape or type of wine you know or think you know, and are not sure anymore about the true origin of the wine. Like, let’s say, when you feel that the wine seems Burgundian for example. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Germany,Rheingau

2006 Kiedricher Gräfenberg Kabinett trocken, Weingut Robert Weil, Rheingau – reloaded


Der Gräfenberg Kabinett vom Weingut Robert Weil hat seit meiner letzten Notiz sein Wesen fast völlig verändert. Er hat sich deutlich entwickelt, ist gereift und zeigt noch mehr Komplexität und Eleganz. So manch einer würde die leichten Petroltöne und (sehr dezenten) oxydativen Noten die sich der Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Germany,Rheingau

2007 Rheingau Tasting at the Gourmet Festival: Some Favorites


In the very last minute I realized that I was about to miss the start of the Rheingau Gourmet Festival, a one week event comprising many mouth watering lunches, dinners and wine tastings all held in this epicurious region along the Rhine. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Holiday Wines -updated

Happy New Year to everyone and all the best wishes for 09! I hope you had at least such a good time as I had during the holidays. A big highlight at this time of the year are always Christmas dinners with the family . Besides the joy of being united, they’re of course the perfect occasion for experimenting with fine foods – Always an enterprise with uncertain outcome! Fortunately we can also rely on wines to save the dinner – here are some of my favorites.

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