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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Semi-sweets for Budapest day trippers

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To the west and south-west of the Hungarian capital, Budapest, lies the Etyek-Buda wine-growing region, a popular excursion destination for the Budapesters. The appellation, called in the Hungarian OEM, which is comparable to area with a protected designation of origin, covers almost 1,800 hectares of vineyards. The white varieties are mainly found on mostly loess-like deposits on limestone and sandstone.

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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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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 ...