Pinot Gris Rangen – a characterful experience

Pinot Gris Clos Saint Urbain Rangen 2008 Zind HumbrechtThe most famous vineyard in Alsace is probably the Rangen de Thann Grand Cru, located in the south of Alsace. This Grand Cru is located near the town of Thann and has an average gradient of 60%. It lies at heihgts of 340 to 460 m and at its foot the River Thur provides the necessary moisture to support botrytis in autumn. Summers are warm and rainfall is low – 750 mm per year, which yet is more than the average of 500 mm in Alsace.
The Rangen has two vineyards, the 14 hectare Clos Saint Theobald and the five hectare Clos Saint Urbain, which is owned by … Read more ...

Kracher: Cuvée Auslese 2021 – Red Roses BA 2020


Chardonnay, a popular, versatile and widely grown international white grape variety, is known for a wide range of dry wine styles. But there are also sweet Chardonnay wines: In Burgenland, the variety, due to the fact that Botrytis, is more common there, delivers interesting sweet wines.

The Weinlaubenhof Kracher, world-famous for its sweet wines, not only has excellent Trockenbeerenauslesen (TBA), such as the TBA N ° 4 Nouvelle Vague 2010 made from chardonnay, but also a TBA from a cuvèe of Chardonnay and Welschriesling. However, the Welschriesling variety has nothing in common with the German Riesling and its aroma and is nowhere near as susceptible to … Read more ...

Syss 3.0 – unconventional Burgenland sweet wine cuvèe


The Syss 3.0 from the Kloster am Spitz winery is really a bit unconventional, as it combines Eiswein 1990 and TBA 1998 from Neuburger and Scheurebe from the Purbacher Riede Zelter with a fresh Rosenmuskateller 2022. It has been created by Thomas Schwarz, the winemaker of the Syss 3.0.

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Red ice wine from China

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Wine has been grown in China for around 4,600 years. There are currently almost 900,000 hectares of vines. However, the largest part of around 800,000 hectares is used to produce raisins – only around 100,000 hectares are used for viticulture. On this area, around 15 million hectoliters of wine are produced in 11 wine-growing regions,

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Haag’s elegant late harvest from the Juffer Sonnenuhr


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The Romans had already planted grape vines in the Brauneberger Juffer location – and made wine from them, as the remains of the Roman wine press at the foot of the steep slope show. The 10.5 hectare Juffer Sonnenuhr vineyard, whose name refers to the sundial located in the vineyard, is considered the heart of Brauneberger Juffer.

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Niepoort’s characterful LBV 2018


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Niepoort is a well-known name, not only in the Douro region, where the company has been producing port wine since 1842. Dirk Niepoort has made it even better known through the dry Douro wines he has produced since the early 1990s, as well as through his diverse wine projects with winemakers from other countries. Two of his most famous projects are his

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Tuscan late harvest – Il Muffato

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The most common and best-known sweet wine in Tuscany is undoubtedly Vin Santo in all its varieties. According to the production regulations for wines from the IGT Toscana (Indicazione Geografica Tipica), other sweet wines may also be produced. Either a Passito, i.e. a sweet wine made from dried grapes,

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Kracher’s Non-Vintage Noble Reserve TBA

Landscape near Illmitz © ÖWM / WSNA

The best-known Austrian noble sweet wines probably come from Rust and Seewinkel, located east of Lake Neusiedl. The climate prevailing on Lake Neusiedl particularly favors the development of Botrytis, which makes it possible to harvest grapes for Beeren- and Trockenbeerenauslese in almost all years. On the east side, the botrytis development is by a variety of

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