Fruity Rieslaner Auslese from the Haardter Herzog

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The winery has been family-owned since 1744, the year the Müller-Catoir winery was founded – now in the ninth generation. The VDP- winery (Association of German Prädikatsweingüter) owns 25 hectares, all locations in the Mittelhaardt, in Haardt are the locations Bürgergarten, Herrenletten, Herzog and Mandelring, in Gimmeldingen, Almond Garden and Schlössel. The vines grow on loess, clay or red sandstone, which can also be found in the Haardter Herzog.

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Scheurebe TBA from the steep slope specialist


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The Ortenau is known to many because of the local Riesling clone, called Klingelberger. Also in Durbach, north of Offenburg, many locations are planted with it, including at the local Durbach winegrowers’ cooperative, from which the wine tasted today comes, a 2013 Trockenbeerenauslese from the Scheurebe from the Steinberg location. A grape variety which can be

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Gewürztraminer Auslese – Orange By Nature?


The warning, “Careful! The Zwölberich Orange by Nature Gewürztraminer Auslese noble sweet is not a typical white wine, but a so-called Orange Wine” first made me aware of the wine I tasted. The additional note “fermented on the mash” did the rest: my curiosity about what a sweet wine of an aromatic variety is like after this mash fermentation was aroused.

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Riesling Kabinett with a backbone

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The VDP.Grosse Lage® Götzenberg, from which the grapes for the tasted wine come, is located in a round basin in the Uhlbach district of Stuttgart, protected from north and east winds. The easily to warming sandstone reed floor of the site, as well as an often blowing warm, strong valley wind, enable the Riesling grapes growing there to ripen for a long time.

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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 ...

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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Straight Auslese from the Felseneck


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The Schäfer-Fröhlich winery has been family-owned for over 200 years and is still a business in which the whole family contributes their work. In addition to the two monopoly vineyardss Stromberg and Felseneck in Bockenau, the Monzinger vineyards Frühlingsplätzchen, Halenberg and Kupfergrube as well as the Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg are managed.

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Jakob Schneider’s Kabinett from porphyry

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My first encounter with the Jakob Schneider winery was enjoying its dry Riesling called Magnum. In consequence of this good experience I ordered a sample package of wine from the winery. The winery located on the wine growing region Nahe was founded in 1575 and has been family-owned ever since. Jakob Schneider Junior, who returned to his parents’ winery in 2007 after graduating from Geisenheim, is responsible for both the vineyard and the cellar work. Ten years later he was awarded Gault Millau as Aufsteiger des Jahres ( climber winemaker of the year) and currently has four Gault Millau grapes.

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