Classic chocolate companion – Maury Grenat


I can seldom resist the naturally sweet French Vin Doux Naturel wines, this is only partly due to the wonderful holiday memories of Roussillon, the region where 80% of Vin Doux Naturel is produced and – due to its omnipresence there – also consumed in my opinion. I think my first encounter with a Banyuls Rimage as companion of a chocolate dessert was probably much more formative. That was most probably the reason why we chose this wine style of Vin Doux Naturel for the chocolate mousse.  A  style with very fruity notes due to

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Lorenzhöfer Karlsmühle – salty Auslese of the Ruwer


At the end of our tasting, Hans had planned a 1998 Lorenzhöfer Riesling Auslese Lange Goldkapsel from the Karlsmühle winery, to which he served dark fleur de sel chocolate from the Confiserie Gmeiner. A very nice combination, as the chocolate harmonized very well with the salty minerality of the Auslese. According to the owner Peter Geiben, this is typical of his wines, which he ascribes delicate fruit, fresh acidity and a pronounced minerality. Wines are produced from dry to fine dry to noble sweet. The winery in Mertesdorf, directly on the Ruwer, cultivates around 15 hectares of steep clay slate layers on both sides of the Ruwer, around … Read more ...

Benificio A – Sandeman’s VAU Vintage Port 2000

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Sandeman, an important sherry and port wine house, owned by the Portuguese company Sogrape since 2001, offers very high quality vintage ports. An ideal Christmas present for someone who likes to drink red port. So it’s the best to order more of it! At Christmas we enjoyed the Vau Vintage Port 2000 from Sandeman with homemade chocolate ice cream, which it went very well with.

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Aleatico Dolce – southern Italy’s fragrant, red sweet wine

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About 20 km northwest of the Apulian Lecce is the small town of Salice Salentino, whose name is known to many, mostly because of its dry red wine, mainly produced from Negroamaro. It has to be be mentioned that the Salice Salentino also is produced pink or white and not only as a cuvée, but also from a single grape variety. The Salice Salentino Aleatico is also available in a sweet version, as well as liqueur wine.

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Ratafia – Multilingual liqueur wine from South Africa


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For a long time I have wanted to take a closer look at the numberous wines of the beverage market – there where I buy water, beer and whisky. Looking closer at these wines l hoped to find an interesting sweet wine among them. I found what I was looking for, the packaging and the bottle caught my attention, as did the name Ratafia, which reminded me more of Spain than of South Africa, from where it was packaged, on a winery with the French named Haute Cabrière by Takuan von Arnim obviously of german extraction and possibly a descendant of an author of the song collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and finally it found his way into an Upper Bavarian beverage market.

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Goldtröpfchen by blue-gray slate


The Moselle wine-growing region has six viticultural subareas (Cochem Castle {Terrassenmosel}, Bernkastel {Middle Mosel}, Saar, Ruwer, Upper Moselle, Moseltor). With 5,685 hectares, the Middle Mosel is its largest wine-growing area and at the same time the heart of the Moselle cultivation area. Many well-known vineyard locations can be found along the approximately 100 kilometers of the river, their steep slopes mostly on Devonian slate, which can be gray, blue or red. The grapes for the 2003 Riesling Auslese Piesporter Goldtröpfchen from the Grans-Fassian winery grow on a gray-blue slate soil, interspersed with quartz and minerals

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West Styrian Mistella from Schilcher


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Schilcher is the name given to the rosé-colored shimmering wine of western Styria, which is made from the red grape variety Blauer Wildbacher. From this variety mainly still wine is produced, only about 3% of the Blauer Wildbacher grapes harvested from more than 360 hectares are made into sparkling wine and even much less into red wine.

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