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Sandhof Heidesheim – Abendessen im Landgasthof von Dirk Maus

Für Aufsehen sorgte Dirk Maus erstmals, als er vor einigen Jahren für sein Restaurant im Staatstheather Mainz einen Michelin-Stern erkocht hat. Kurz danach schon verließ er diese Location, um ein Restaurant in Essenheim zu beziehen. Das war aber noch nicht die Endstation: Im März dieses Jahres eröffnete Dirk Maus sein Restaurant im Sandhof in Heidesheim. Read the rest of this entry »

2010 VDP Weinbörse in Mainz

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For many lovers of German Rieslings… err I mean for all folks of the trade that love German Riesling this is probably the event of the year.

All VDP estates are gathering in the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz and present their new collection to a public of journalists and professionals. The focus is on the entry and mid level wines since most of the top level wines are still bubbling in the cellars. Read the rest of this entry »

Restaurant Favorite, Mainz

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Was bin ich im Verzug mit meinen Postings! Gerade komme ich zurück aus New York und stelle fest, dass noch zig Themen aus der Zeit vor der Reise unbehandelt in der Warteschlange stehen.

Dazu gehört dieser Besuch des Restaurants Favorite in Mainz. Bei der Favorite handelt sich um ein alteingesessenes Hotel welches erhaben auf einen Hügel gelegen, die Stadt mitsamt des Rheins überblickt. Das gediegene Gourmet Restaurant unter der Leitung von Chefkoch Tim Meierhans feiert Gerüchten zufolge seit ein paar Jahren ein Renewal und war allemal ein Besuch wert, nicht zuletzt der grossartigen Weinkarte wegen, die tolle Weine aus Rheinhessen, Nahe und Rheingau (aber auch aus dem Ausland) zu unglaublich schonenden Preisen anbietet. Read the rest of this entry »

VDP Wine Fair – 2008: a different kind of vintage

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As every year many of Germany’s top winemakers were presenting their newest vintage at the VDP Weinbörse in Mainz. I was again lucky to attend and get a personal first look on what is a particular vintage compared to the last years. Read the rest of this entry »

Restaurant Frank Buchholz, Mainz-Gonsenheim reloaded

In 2008 this charming restaurant near Mainz confirmed its 1 star Michelin rating. But even without knowing this (somehow we skipped Michelin ratings at our first visit) our last visit was appealing enough to make us return. What struck again was this relaxed atmosphere without any stiffness: the mix of white walls and bright woods has an appeasing effect on the human mood, and of course the service is always considerate, charming and never distant. There is just no reason not to feel at ease here. And even so the whole place always radiates the classiness of a fine dining restaurant.

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Breads and different salts. Californian Chardonnay salt was an interesting discovery.
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Restaurant Buchholz, Mainz-Gonsenheim

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No one would guess that the small village Gonsenheim -a suburb of Mainz- would shelter such a gourmet restaurant. But I stumbled on it in the web and we found our way. Frank Buchholz is a young chef who among other stations worked at Tantris in Munich and Marquesi in Milano and has now settled down in this renovated peasant-style house. His cooking is modern, with Mediterranean influences, but also emphasizing regional ingredients like white asparagus or game meat.
The ambience is relaxed as is the staff, the light-flooded dining room creates a perfect frame for a great dinner. I could only advise you to give this restaurant a try, you won’t be disappointed. The execution of the dishes was flawless and nearly every course delicious. Read the rest of this entry »

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