Category Archives: Germany

The New Muscadine Wines of North Carolina’s Cypress Bend

Dan and Tina Smith have cultivated 35 acres of muscadine cultivars (Carlos, Noble and Magnolia) near Wagram for several years. In 2005 they opened the doors of their winery to the public with the goal to produce modern, dry table … Continue reading

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Rosés of Pinot Noir from Around the World: The 2018 Vintage

Rosés made of Pinot Noir are the stars of this year’s rosé tasting. They’re typically light red in color, fragrant with red cherry and pomegranate scents, medium bodied with good fullness in the mouth, and flavorful with flavors that mirror … Continue reading

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Succulent Sweet Wines for the Holidays: The Best of 2018

What better time of the year to open a bottle of profusely perfumed, deeply flavored sweet wine than the Holidays?  We’ve tasted a lot of them this past year from Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Washington, and, most recently, the Atlantic Coast … Continue reading

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Champagnes & Sparkling Wines for the Holidays: The Best of 2018

Champagne and sparkling wines are especially popular during the Holidays. Families and friends toast their friendship and welcome the new year with the bubbles that convey a sense of celebration and joy.  To help guide your purchases of Champagne and … Continue reading

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German Rieslings from the Mosel: SA Prüm, Willi Haag, and Dr H Thanisch

Germany’s top producers are members of the Verdand Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP), an association of 200 quality-oriented vintners. We recently had the opportunity to taste the Riesling wines from three VDP members, all with steeply sloped (up to 60°) vineyards overlooking … Continue reading

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Book Review: Wine Atlas of Germany, University of California Press

This is the most extensive, comprehensive and up to date book on German wine geography available in the English language.  Authored by three German experts on Riesling and German wine, it was originally published in German in 2007. The English … Continue reading

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Familia Schroeder: Wine and Dinosaurs in Neuquén

Roberto Schroeder’s ancestors emigrated from Germany in the early 19th century. Today Roberto is another kind of pioneer, developing an ultra-modern winery in Neuquén, a Patagonian province not previously known for fine wine. The area he selected, San Patricio del … Continue reading

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Tasting Notes: 2008 Riesling Hochheim/Rheingau/Germany

A couple of weeks ago, the Weinfreundeskreis Hochheim, of which my wife Annette and I are founding members, invited 5 winemakers from Hochheim to present their new wines of the 2008 vintage. We were at our German domicile at that … Continue reading

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How Does the Sugar Get Into the Wine Bottle?

How does the sugar get into the wine bottle? — With special reference to Germany Dr. Christian G.E. SchillerMcLean, Virginia (USA) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany) Dave McIntyre has written a very nice article (“How to Put Riesling Fears to … Continue reading

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Best of Riesling 2008

Best of Riesling 2008 Every two years in Bingen, Germany, The Best of Riesling competition invites a group of internationally recognized experts to choose their favorite Riesling wine. This year, more than 50 experts from a dozen countries gathered to … Continue reading

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