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2007 Burgberg Grosses Gewächs, Schlossgut Diel

Für so manch einen Weintrinker stellt das Schloßgut Diel mit Sicherheit immer noch die einsame Festung des guten Nahe-Rieslings dar. Heute ist es eines von vielen Spitzenweingütern dieser kleinen aber höchst-renommierten Region. Und vielleicht stammt dieser 2007er Burgberg genau aus dem Jahr, in dem Weingüter wie Schäfer-Fröhlich oder Emrich-Schönleber definitiv zu Diel und Dönnhoff aufgeschlossen haben. Man weiß es nicht genau! Beziehungsweise: Ich müsste mich da mal durchprobieren (Anm.: Weinspenden werden gerne angenommen). Doch nun zur Sache: Eine einsame Flasche 2007 Burgberg GG von Diel lag im Keller und musste nun dran glauben. Der Jahrgang: 2007. Kontrovers, hier und da Fäule, Licht und Schatten, die Spreu, der Weizen, etc.. So einiges musste man lesen und schwirrt einem noch im Kopf herum. Hier die Notizen zum Wein:

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Categories: Germany,Nahe

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 »

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 »

Oh Caroline! What a punt!

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Now that is quite impressive! After having indulged Diel’s Cuvée Caroline Pinot Noir for Christmas I was really intrigued by the calibre of the bottle. Actually I was really intrigued with the bottle even before we drank it since it has one special detail you notice when you hold it in your hands. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Germany,Humour,Misc,Nahe

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 »

2010 Christmas Dinner and Wines

Christmas is always a good opportunity for cooking sophisticated meals and finally pulling out those special bottles that were kept for a nice occasion. The dishes are all my creations (of course inspired by cookbooks and blogs) and I hope they met my family’s expectations. Anyway, the have to since I tend to rule the kitchen like a third world dictator ;).

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2009 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Kabinett -We first opened (unscrewed) the bottle in the afternoon when my brother and I conceptualized the food and wine pairings (sitting in the wine cellar on folding chairs and “thinking”). We realized it is way too young when we took a sip: still lots of CO2, nearly sparkling like Champagne and also not very well defined yet. We poured it in the decanter but somehow we knew it wouldn’t be the ideal match with the Foie Gras, it would rather be a good wine for hot and spicy food right now. But it wasn’t a bad wine of course and not the worst match one could make… Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Food,Wine Tastings
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