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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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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Elegant Riesling Auslese from the Hermannshöhle


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Martin always serves one Dönnhoff wine, and there were even two at the last invitation. Grilled tuna and monkfish were accompanied by a Riesling Tonschiefer 2018 and the Riesling Niederhäuser Herrmannshöhle Auslese Goldkapsel 2015 of the winery was an excellent match with Erika’s dessert, a vanilla cream with berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries).

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Juicy mineral Riesling Kabinett

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Everyone has been talking about Kabinett in recent years, increasingly more so. This may be due above all to the fact that the mostly delicate, juicy wines show increasingly more character. Better sweet Kabinett wines from Riesling in particular show a perfect balance between fruit sweetness and high acidity. Even with Kabinett, which is the first tier in the series of top quality wines, grapes juice, must or sugar must not be added under any circumstances, like it is the case with all other types of German predicates wines. The minimum must weight for the Kabinett wines varies between 73 and 85 ° Oechsle depending on the wine-growing region and the grape variety, in the case of the tasted Mosel Riesling Kabinett 2018 from the winery Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, it is 73 °.

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Fine balanced Riesling Auslese from the Karthäuserhof

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Wines from the Karthäuserhof winery are easily recognizable by their bottle or by the label on the bottle neck. Albert Behler, the New York-based real estate tycoon, owner of the winery, which is now family-owned for over 200 years, says this a unique trademark. The winery was founded in 1335 by Carthusian monks and is located in Trier – Eitelsbach in the Ruwer valley. It works all 20 hectares of the VDP. Große Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg. Mainly Riesling is planted on its devonian slate soil with clayey sprinkles and high mineral proportions.

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