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Mainzer Weinbörse 2012 – ein erster Blick auf den Jahrgang 2011

Nun war es wieder soweit. Das Top-Event des Jahres für deutsche Weine, die Mainzer Weinbörse des VDP ist über die Bühne gegangen. Die Winzer präsentieren hier jährlich vor allem ihre neuen Weine des letzten Jahrgangs, also in diesem Fall von 2011.

Und obwohl 2011 schon so viele Vorschusslorbeeren erhalten hat, bestimmt zu recht, ist es für mich definitiv kein einfach zu beurteilender Jahrgang. Da waren 2008, 2009 und 2010 irgendwie viel eindeutiger, denn die Kernaussagen hatten wohl viel mehr tragweite. Read the rest of this entry »

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:

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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 »

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 »

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