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Hi, I'm Aurélie I am a Riesling expert and Sommelier. And i research all aspects of this amazing grape!

RIESsearchING @ Weingut Am Berg

RIESsearchING @ Weingut Am Berg: 

 

Hi you Riesling fans! 

It is again some time ago. 

It’s the same old, same old… 

Working whole days and I began to research for my Coursework assignment which is about: the rum revival. Exciting!  

Besides, I am on a 3-week vacation now so time I have! 

 

Today I will be telling you about my visit to Weingut Am Berg in Langenlois, Kamptal, Austria! 

This is as well RIESsearchING as not so RIESsearchING because  Grüner Veltliner is their main grape variety! 

 

This visit I also did with the guy’s and a group of restaurateurs and sommeliers of Entrepot Du Vin. 

When we got in, we were greeted by Ludwig Gruber. Winemaker together with his brother Michael. They are by now the 3 generation to own this company and you can see it! This domain is so huge this is not something they just both! By now they have 13ha of vineyard! Not bad! 

First, we jumped back in the car and drove on the hillside to walk through the vineyards. Some nice artwork was integrated on the hill and a nice terras to overlook the region. We saw the different grape varieties, the different pruning methods and trellising systems.  

 

 

 

When we got back to the winery we walked to another vineyard where another cellar was. Where we got to taste out of the barrel. It was such a gracious atmosphere in there!  

 

 

 

     

We arrived back and got a cellar tour. They, were already in Harvest so, you could see it and smell it. Likewise, fruit flies everywhere… But you cannot do anything about this, try pressing grapes at home and let it stand for a day. You see!  

Anyway! We tasted also some Grüner Veltliner out of the stainless-steel tanks, when wines like this are just starting to ferment, they have this thick pear juice like texture and taste, herbal also most of the time and already a super acidity! Super interesting to taste those things!    

After this we proceeded inside the Heuriger (this is an eating establishment on a winery) we got cold platter typical to this region. And we tasted the wines! They have a super large assortment! But most are of keen quality!  

We tasted in total 27 wines! So, I’m not going to bore you with summing them all 27… 

I will say that. We tasted a lot of Riesling and Grüner Veltliners from different vintages and different soil types and you can really taste and feel the difference! So happy for this! 

 

 

But I worked after in SAN Gent with the Mittelberg Riesling from 2016. This one has ripe fruits like peaches and apple, it has a spicy minerality, a nice acidity and a soft but ling enough finish! Really loved to work with this!   

 

 

I have to thank Entrepot Du Vin again for taking me on the trip and all my fellow tripies for making this wine trip so great! 

And of course! I have to thank the Gruber Familie for the super hospitality!  

If you require any extra info don’t hesitate to ask me! 

Or visit the website of Entrepot Du Vin or visit the website or Weingut Am Berg them self! 

 

Thank you again for reading and enjoy your refreshing Riesling in this hot weather! 

Keep on loving Riesling and I see you the next RIESsearchING! 

RIESsearchING and not so RIESsearchING @ Weingut Waltner

Hi Riesling Friends,

Again, long time no see!
Work is getting even crazier and I’m picking up WSET Diploma again…
So, lot’s to do and not so much time to do it…

Anyway!

Some time ago I went on a wine trip with Etrepot Du Vin. Great guy’s with a keen eye for wine and nice to work with.
We travelled to Austria and did quite the trip all over.
One of the visits we did I want to talk about today!

This is RIESsearchING at Weingut Waltner:

Weingut Waltner lies in the Wagram region in Austria. And now Gerald took over the company with hi’s wife from his father. His father was more into growing grapes, but to sell. Gerald took matters into own hands and he makes the wine now from his own grapes.
He has a young and fresh take on things. He himself is like his wines he explains. Young, fresh and liberty of thoughts.
He showed us around in his cellar, which is not big, but big enough for his small production.
Most of his production is white wine also most Grüner Veltliner, he too has some Riesling and he has some Zweigelt to make red wines.

After the cellar tour we got to his tasting room and we had lunch.
Of course we had Wiener schnitzel! Only in Austria they deep fry them more than pan frying and it’s so discustingly good! If you re in Austria you need to go eat schnitzel for sure!
As well, some salad on the side and kartoffelsalat!
Really great!

 

In between we already tasted he’s entry level Grüvaner. As you may expect it’s a blend of Grüner Veltliner and Rivaner. Fresh, fruity, simple to enjoy on a summer day!

Then we started the real work we tasted all his 3 different Grüner Veltliner.
All 3 totally different because they all come from a different soil.
His Weisburgunder and Chardonnay are also very great with a fantastic hint to the soil type!

The red wines are both made of Zweigelt.
Ace is made pure on the fruit aroma’s, more black fruits, with a high acidity and medium tannins. While the other one is made to be more powerful a hint stronger tannin and aged in oak. But still with a lot of fruitiness.

After the tasting, we accompanied him to the vineyards (his dog really loved it).
And he showed us what would go for the lesser and better wines.
We were there in August and you could pick up the grapes still needed some time, the pips were still green and bitter.
But there was great potential for this year. If the new year gets here I should actually go and compare.

I already worked with the Waltner Halterberg Zweigelt (the most fruity one) before I went there and it only made me happier working with his wines.
His energy and everything is so awesome!

Thus, I have to say thanks to Entrepot Du Vin for taking me, thanks to the Wonderful group of people who I was with and off course thanks to Gerald Waltner and his family to welcome us like this!

If you want to find out more about the Waltner wines don’t hesitate to get hold of me, Entrepot Du Vin or visit:
http://www.weingutwaltner.at

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Enjoy your glass of wine, thank you for reading and I see you the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING and not so RIESsearchING @ Prowein2018!

Hi Riesling Fans,

Last week was Prowein and as every year I pass for 2 day’s with my mom and Tamara.

I saw some friends and found some great new things!

Again, I came back with great ID’s for everything!

This is RIESsearchING and not so RIESsearchING @ Prowein2018!

Of course we started the day again (as always) with Champagne!
We tasted something I didn’t know yet: Vollereaux.
We tasted the Cuvée Marguerite Millésime 2008, which was very complex, a set of autolitic characters and brioche notes.
Then they opened up a bottle of the same vintage and same cuvée but that has been aging under water for 1 year.
This champagne showed a great deal more freshness and youghtness, fresh fruits a higher acidity (like it had less Dosage even, this is not possible because it’s the same wine).
Truly interesting to taste the 2 next to each other.

Afterwards we went wandering around.
We stopped at Axel Pauly, his stand and we tasted some new vintages.
Really enjoy his wines! A very clean, fresh and mineral straight forwards style!

Also, we came across Daniel Molitor again from Stair’s and Roses.
He had some new exciting projects! Likewise the new vintages of the Orange wine and other wines he produced the previous year.
He makes now also a wine from piwi’s.
But to a greater extent about that later, cause I am visiting them next week in Germany!

By the way guy’s “piwis” are Hybrids, which are more resistant to diseases.
This might be the next hype… (although numbers have been falling again).

Also, saw Nicolas Pfaff the export manager of Robert Weil, tasted the new vintage of Robert Weil.
As we expected fresh, crisp dry styles of Riesling.

 

 

I saw Eleonora, export manager of Balthasar Ress and Veritable wines. We met her new co-worker who does export for Belgium now: Julia. Also very nice girl!

 

 

We tasted the Love Me Secco Brand, nice, simple sparkling wines. Rosé, White and Red.
Too, some old vintages Balthasar Ress vintages: the older Rieslings get this Petrol, Honey and yeasty muschroomy taste and smell! Riesling is very made to bottle age!
Likewise, we discovered the new Ressi line of Balthasar Ress. Simple, comfortable, nice style of wines. With great strip story on the label. Really cool!
Besides, the Ress winemaker Dirk Würtz made his own version of Liebfrauwmilch! Still flabby…
But its Liebfrauwmilch so I suppose it needs to have this flabbiness. In any case, it shows more character!
And has a really cool label!!!

 

We did Orange Hour again also, great ambiance always from the Dutch!
It’s as well, always nice to see Alain again!

 

 

We dined at this great restaurant at nighttime!
Sansibar by Breuinger! Really good food and great atmosphere.
Excellent wine list as well. If you’re in Dusseldorf you need to go there!

Day 2 we tasted the new vintages of the Grand Cru de Bordeaux.
Actually havy to taste it that young. But there’s big potential as always!

Also stopped by at Generation Riesling.
Tasted some great things.
And in between the Biodinamics we also found some groovy new things!

Oh, I would nearly forget about Judith Beck in Austria!
Also a biodinamic winery in Burgenland!
She produces this wine called Koreaa, it’s basically made like a gemixtersatz (different vine varieties in 1 vindyard everything picked and vinified together) but so great! I’m possessed about it right now!
Her Pet Nat is also terrific!
Really love everything she makes!

This was Prowein this year! Maybe I will see you there next year!

Have a nice glass of Riesling or not so Riesling and thx for reading!

See you the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING @ Schloss Vollrads!

Hi Riesling Fans,

Once more, it has been such a long time…
But again, I started a fresh adventure!
5 months ago I started working at San Gent.
A second concept of Sang Hoon Degeimbre (l’Air du temps **)
Here I am also Maitre Sommelier! New beginning!
Now the startup has gone great, I can focus again on RIESsearchING!

Today I am writing about my most spectacular visits in Germany!

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Willkomen im Riesling!
RIESsearchING at Schloss Vollrads!

2 years ago on Prowein I was in a Masterclass of aged Rieslings of Schloss Vollrads where I encountered the owner Dr.Rowald Hepp. And so I payed him a visit at the Schloss!

The ambiance is so cool there! I really loved it.

Which also really struck my attention is that Schloss Vollrads only produces Riesling!!!
I was truly on my place over there!

 

We arrived and first had a lunch in the garden! Very refined and really tasty!

                       

Afterwards we were ready for the tour!
They carried 6 bottles with them and trough the Schloss we tasted the different Rieslings!
First up the Summer Riesling we tasted it near the well.
As it says it is a real summer wine. Very fresh, easy drinking, fruity with a medium finish.

Afterwards we went to the stainless tanks, where we tasted the basic Riesling Kabinett.
We also tasted the Kabinett from the tank from the new vintage!
Not ready Riesling really tastes most of the time of pears I think. You experience the amazingly high acidity and a very fruity pear like character and sometimes it also has something like asparagus. It’s just interesting to see it evolve.
The tank room is so amazingly large! I don’t know how many tanks are in there, but it’s real crazy.

                        

We also visited the cellars where there are holes in the sealing in every room to let light come in.
And near the walls there are this stream that runs through the whole the cellar to control the humidity.
Truly great thinking in earlier years!

We went to the bottling room, which looks different than others because of the very specific bottle shapes and the bottles are closed with a glass stopper. So this is all custom machines.
Here we tasted the Spatlese Trocken.
Which is still very dry, but delivers a fuller body, is more complex and has a more pronounced minerality.
This one has as well a longer finish.

 

 

 

Later we went to the vineyard where they try to work as natural as possible, so lots of bugs to see on the leaves!

 

 

Here we tasted the Feinherb Riesling.
I already said after I had my trip to Germany I have a newfound respect for Feinherb Riesling!
Besides, this one is nicely balanced, the sweetness is not flabby because the acidity is so super high that it balances it out. Fruity but fresh. Medium finish. Actually, what you expect from an easy drinking wine, but it has some more complexity because “ hallo” its from Schloss Vollrads.

Afterward, we went back to the shop where tasted a Spëtlese.
Which is sweeter, but nonetheless very high acidity, so not sticky. Great stone fruit almost confit and a great minerality. A little immature, so just a medium finish… this is going to get better with age. I’m certain of it!

                        

In the store we bought some Riesling.

My mom had to buy a limited edition, also nice easy drinking Riesling in a very decent bottle.
A Magnum of course!
If she does something, she does it well!

This was my visit to Schloss Vollrads in a nutshell!
If your in the neighborhood you should go visit it for yourself!

 

I am getting myself ready for Prowein again! The 18 and 19 the of March, again 2 full days non stop wine!

I’m keeping you posted.

Thx for the read. Enjoy your Riesling and see you the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING at Balthasar Ress!

Hello there you Riesling fans,

In the mean time, I quited my job at Nathan… which means I’m searching for a new adventure!

For the time in between I’m working at Merkat and Cru!

Today I will be speaking about my RIESsearchING at Balthasar Ress:

Before we get started, I just wanted you guy’s to know you can lease a vine from Balthasar Ress!
I got wine for my birthday! So, you get a vine actually, and once a year you get an invitation to come and collect the bottle of your vine!
Or they will ship it to you as well.

Anyway!

 

They are situated in Hattenheim in the Rheingau on the Rhein river in Germany.
Christain Ress is already the 4the Generation of Ress, who leads the winery.
He also realizes different project like the Veritable wines. That helps other smaller wineries to get their wine out there!

Balthasar Ress is certified Bio now and is working towards Biodynamic. They want to make native wine.
This is what they envision as a wine where there is not being too much intervention. Thus, the terroir brings out, the grapes it’s own flavors. Likewise, only natural yeast is used in the cellars.

They produce a wine named RESSpect with a fancy label! And this is a wine produced in total respect for nature. No intervention what so ever (only the necessary intervention, as a small bit of sulfur added to the wine).
A really great initiative.

 

Anyway!

We went off our visit on the ground floor where the bottling machines are and packaging and shipping finds place.
Next floor the cellar!
Here all wine lies, some is still fermenting, others are in barrels, there are a bunch of very small stainless steel tanks, to really vinify every parcel separately.
You actually smell the wild yeasts working!

After our cellar visit. We had lunch with the staff there. They had sausages with their Pinot Noir processed in them.
And just some salad and some bread. It was nice to meet all these people.
Later we went to the old winery building a little further, where they still organize weddings and stuff.
They own a nice tasting room and great offices!

We also went trough the vineyards, where you discover that even the vines are not pruned very much. Because if you trim a part of your vine. Every time it asks to repair its self. Then why not just let it grow and just cut off the grape bunches that grow to many.
As well the soil is being looked after very well! Last year Juli and August were very rainy. Thus, they used a lot of chalk and copper sulfate already on the vines so they would not get mildews. This helped, but, most of what they were appropriated to use was already gone through. And the years not over, however!

                

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We got back to the new winery and we tasted a whole lot of their wines in the winery shop.

Their longstanding basic for the winery Von Unserm: which means from ours.
Is a really nice wine, dry, fresh fruits like apricots and peaches, some citrus as well. Very mineral medium body, quite complex and has a medium finish.

I also like to talk about the RESSpect 2014:
Medium dry, very concentrated apples, peaches, yeasty flavors. Full bodied, very complex, with a very long finish.
This is a biodynamic wine so this is a Riesling with characters which we would not give to a Riesling.
The matter also with biodynamic wines is that they have to have a malolactic fermentation to balance the wine out more!
Which also hens the fuller body!

We tasted a whole lot more wines, but as always! Buy them! Taste them! Love them!
I can tell about them, but it’s not the same as you taste them yourself!

For this visit I’d like to thank: Christian Ress, Clements von Eltz who showed us around! And the whole Balthasar Ress team!!!

If you want more information you can always ask me or visit the website: http://www.balthasar-ress.de/en/chronicle/

Enjoy your glass of Riesling, enjoy this blog and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING at Robert Weil!

Hi Riesling lovers,

Obviously, it’s been far too long.

 

In the mean time I have been RIESsearchING for over 2 years now! I still love it so much!
Only time is what stands in my way from time to time…

 

 

Also, I passed my WSET sparkling examination!
Next up is Spirits again… Which I am starting for right this second! It’s not that much, but it just does not interest me at all! = Problem! I don’t drink this ever! But I guess I need to the next couple of weeks.

This RIESsearchING is about my visit at Robert Weil!

They are situated in Kiedrich in the Reingau in Germany. The winery stands on a beautiful property! Huge even!

We were first taken to the back where we could see the vineyards from the balcony, The Kiedricher Turmberg
Which is real steep and has slate, loess and loam as soil.
Also the vineyard Kiedrich Gräfenberg you can see from here, this one is quite steep also, with a loess and loam base, has some stony components and phyllite in the soil.
The other vineyard the Kiedrich

Klosterberg is on the other side of the street what we could not see from where we were standing. This vineyard is more in the direction of Eltville. This soil is made up of colored slate, phyllite and some volcanic elements.
The full amount of hectares owned by the winery is 20 ha! This is a lot!

Then we went downstairs to the cellar! First cellar floor where huge stainless steel tanks and a reasonable amount of them!
We too saw the pneumatic presses, they had 3 or 4!


The next floor where barrels and the stock of the winery!
There was also a newer cellar, part with special temperature controlled barrels! In a state of the art room which also had a wall where water was run over to control the humidity in the cellar!

We eventually came back up! And had a tasting in a nice tasting room!

We tasted all there Rieslings (they only make Riesling). Also, we tasted a special bottle!
An Auslese from 2004!
This one is very mineral, complex, full bodied, sweet, but with a nice balancing acidity, dried fruits (like apricot, peaches) a little nutty also. So much Pertol! Love it! And a superb long finish!
Great wine!

They also have Sekt made by Solter. Which have been aged for 18 months sur lattes.
This one is very dry, has a lot of small bubbles, apple, honey, bread, brioche taste also quite mineral and has a creamy, medium finish!
Also great!

I could go on about the others, but you can buy them almost in every country! Then, buy and taste the greatness of Robert!

I also got a little gift after visiting the winery, which I am very thankful for!
I too want to thank Nicolas Pfaff, who set up the visit for us!

If you want any additional information, please contact me or visit the website: http://www.weingut-robert-weil.com

Thank’s for reading and I see you the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING at Ansgar Clüsserath!

Hi Riesling fans!

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Again, a long time ago.
Still working my butt off at Restaurant Nathan!
But hard work makes me a better Sommelier everyday!

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It’s almost a year ago I went for winery visits to Germany.
But still I have wineries to tell you guy’s about!
One more in the Mosel, Ansgar Clüsserath in the village Trittenheim.

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This is RIESsearchING at Angsar Clüsserath!

We were shown around the winery by Mrs. Clüsserath. She did not speak English, but that was not so bad. Because German and Flemish is quite alike.
The wine is made by Ansgar’s daughter Eva Clüsserath-Wittman. She studied oenology at the Univerity of Geisenheim in the Rheingau. She also worked at a great VDP winery in the Pfalz region.
Today she divides her time between Trittenheim and Westhoffen in the Rheinhessen, where the winery Wittman of her husband is established.

Mom showed us the cellars and storing where Ansgar was working!
Always working, she said. I suppose like everyone who has his own business.

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Later we went to the tasting room which had an idyllic interior of wine things.

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I already knew the sweet wines Auslese and Spetlese from Ansgar Clüsserath from working with at Lam en Yin! Loved the sweet wines! So, the dry wines must be good as well was my thought.
We tasted almost everything!

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We started with the Weissburgunder or Pinot Blanc. A bunch of wineries in the Mosel plant Weissburgunder as well as Riesling. Because Weissburgunder also reflects the great minerality of the soil!
The wine was dry, white fruits, mineral, high acidity and a long finish!

We tasted the Riesling Vom Schiefer Trocken 2014 and 2015!
Love to taste 2 years next to each other!
Both were very mineral driven, fruity (apricots and white fruits) but 2014 has more Petrol aroma’s which I enjoy so much!

Steinreich Riesling Trocken 2014 is more off-dry, very mineral and fruity and a honey note.
The 2015 is drier, but has a bitter touch to it, which will disappear with age. You can already taste the potential of this wine!

The Vom Schiefer Feinherb is a lot sweeter, but however with fresh fruits like fresh peaches, green apples.
Still holds a nice minerality and a medium finish!

Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Feinherb is sweeter with a high acidity is also really concentrated and will have a long finish in time.

We also tasted the whole Trittenheimer Apotheke range.
Which exists off: Apotheke Kabinett Riesling 2015, Apotheke Spätlese 2015 and Apotheke Auslese Goldkapsel 2015.
These ones are all sweeter, more concentrated and more compote of fruits, dried fruits, honey, yeasty from the botrytisch.
Nevertheless a little young, but have wonderful potential! Absolutely enjoy the wines!
I took almost one of each with me!
But no problemo! Here in Belgium they are distributed by Vinikus en Lazarus.

We also tasted a grape liquor they make. Very sweet, very concentrated grapey flavors and candied apple and peaches. Absolutely addicting! Love it!

We purchased quite an amount of wine, but that happens when you taste great ones!

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Thank you at everybody at Ansgar Clüsserath for the hospitality and for making great Riesling!

If you would like some more information about the winery, please visit their website:
www.ansgar-cluesserath.de or contact me!

Enjoy your Riesling and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING at Prowein 2017!!!

Hi Riesling Fans,

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Long time no see again…

But still busy! The restaurant is crazy busy, Riesling is flying around my ears!
And I’m starting up my wine vlog!

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So, a lot to do and to still see!

Today I am writing from the Scheldekaaien in the sun 😀
A little vacation feeling during work never hurts!

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I talk about Prowein Dusseldorf today!
I met a lot of new people, but also revisited some old friends!

I was on prowein with Tamara and my mom. It was great!

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We revisited Manuel Brixius, and his wife.
We tasted his new vintage that was fermenting earlier in November last year!
Amazing!
And we tasted his new range he makes for the Birds boy’s!
Also really nice! Amazing design and really crisp straight forward style of Riesling and Spätburgunder!

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The brand Birds also make some spirits based on the Riesling of Manuel which are great!

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We also saw Axel Pauly again, tasted his new vintages which are also in his very fresh, pure, dry style!

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A new person of interest: Stair’s and Roses!
They are Daniel Molitor of Weingut Viermorgenhof and Julia Justen (his wife) of Weingut Meulenhof. And they take the 2 wineries heritage and make assemblages of 2 famous Mosel vineyards: Erdener Treppchen and Kinheimer Rosenberg -> so Stair’s and Roses!
I think it’s so cool!

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They started with 3 wines: Struwwelpitter, Ohrenschwein and Feinherb Stair’s and Roses.
All wines have a great story behind them.
Struwwelpitter is a nighttime story for kids about a man who does not trim his nails and hair and becomes this ugly person with too long curled nails and hair that goes everywhere.
This story goes about the vines which are grown wild and biodanamic so, the vines aren’t trained and stuff. The wine is fresh fruity with a great acidity, is made of Riesling and Muller-Thurgau.
The Ohrenschwein, actually an Orange Wine. But the Germans can not say Orange wine so that’s why the Ohrenschwein also the Ohrensch stands for the pig ears. Quite funny!
This wine is a 100% Riesling, has orange zest flavors, almonds, a little oxidation, full bodied, very complex and great structured!
And the Stair’s and Roses also 100% Riesling, has honey flavors, apricots, mineral touch and a great acidity. Well balanced and different!
Love this new interesting wines!
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Also, we went to Balthasar Ress again. Tasted the new vintages, again amazing structured and amazing! The von Ursem Riesling became our favorite!

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We also went to Veritable wines they are also a part of Balthazar Ress!
I had an appointment with Eleonora Gotardi who is the new export manager of Balthasar Ress. She let me taste some more wines from earlier years, which became great! Honey characters and petrol just shot in your face! Amazing!
We also tasted the 2014 Resspect: a Biodanamically made Riesling so with Respect to nature. The Riesling is great structured, full bodied, earthy characters, but still fruity and well balanced!
Last but not least we tasted the Oestricher Doosberg Auslese Riesling from 1992!
So complex, minerality everywhere, a little mushroomy, yeasty also a little oxidized, but that’s a good kind of oxidation! Still a sweet touch on the back pallet, so complex!
Amazing, thank you Eleonora!

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We did so much more at prowein, so more next time!!!

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Enjoy your Riesling and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

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RIESsearchING at Brixius Bölinger!

Hi Riesling lovers,

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Again, it’s been some time I posted…
I took in a lot of work making the wine chart for Nathan.
Work is crazy busy and I am loving it.
It’s really a lot of fun.

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As well, I wish you guy’s a happy 2017 and hope all your wishes come true and you taste some amazing Riesling of course!

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For this RIESsearchING I talk around my visit to Brixius Bölinger.
We also stayed overnight on their winery and it was an amazing stay!

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We ran into the winemaker Manuel Brixius for the first time last year on Pro Wein Dusseldorf.
There he was at the fair with Same but different, he made a wine with coffee!
It’s been an amazing success. And it sold out very fast!
He infused coffee beans with Riesling and Spätburgunder and it delivered a nice roasted, smoky taste to the wine, but of course different as barrel aged wines.

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Brixius Bölinger lies in Maring-Noviand. Centuries ago the Mosel ran trough the valley’s but it broke trough the hills and today it runs straight along Lieser instead of calling for a turn to Maring.
You can still see where the Mosel once ran and that’s why they can also make amazing wines here on the steep hills.

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Manuel and his mother and father welcomed us on their estate and offered us a glass of Secco.
This was our first encounter with Secco and we did not know this was made here in Germany.

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After our glass of secco, Manuel took us up to the vineyards. Where he showed us where the Mosel once ran! And where the stream Lieser run’s now.
As well, you can see the vineyards have the same great exposure as on the Mosel.
He explained us the training systems here and which grapes grow where on the hillside.
Riesling mostly highest on the hill, Spätburgunder somewhere in the middle and Rivaner (Mullerthurgau) on the bottom.
Also, he took a cool box with him, with a bottle of he’s Riesling Trocken 2015 and a bottle of water. What do you need more as a great vineyard view and a full glass of Riesling!?
Here the vineyard work at this time was stripping the leaves further down for the last sun rains to reach the grapes for the last ripening stage.
Brixius Bölinger has 7ha of vineyards planted with Riesling, Rivaner and Spätburgunder.
Also, they try to work as natural as possible. But they had experienced a lot of rain so they had to spray some chemicals to get mold out of their vineyards.
It was the first time ever actually a winemaker took us to the vineyards like this!
I absolutely loved it!

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The breakfast that Manuel’s mother prepares was amazing!
Simple but everything was there!

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The day after Manuel took us for a tour of the estate. The new building houses there stock and the old cellar beneath the house is the winery. They too have a natural spring under their house! So that water is used for watering plants and washing the car and so on.
It was nice weather, so the tasting took place on the terrace!

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He still has some wine under the old label of Brixius Bölinger and most Rieslings and new style wines have his own label BRIX.
From Brixius his family name but Brix is in the united states also a term to measure the sugar content in grapes!
So the wines are called after the amount of Brix the grapes had when harvested.

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We tasted the entire assortment, again, maybe boring to read. So, not too much.
I would say my favorites, but they’re all amazing! Crisp, fresh and elegant!

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The 20 Brix Riesling Spatlese trocken: is dry has a high acidity is very mineral, has concentrated fruit like apricots it has something bready as well and a medium to long finish.

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The 18 Brix kabinett Riesling: medium sweet, very fruity with fruits like peaches, apple, citrus, has a high acidity and of course has some minerality to it, with some developing Petrol notes.

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Also the Brix Spetlese is something to mention!
Made on the Maringer Sonnenuhr! Is a sweet wine with a high acidity which makes it amazingly pleasant to drink, has very ripe fruits like apricots, peaches, citrus and even some exotic fruit notes. Has a great minerality to it and already has a long finish!
This wine is only going to get better!

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A few weeks ago, I went back for a day trip to the Mosel.
And of course I visited Manuel again!
We tasted the new harvest, which was fermenting for only 2 to 3 weeks.
This has been the first time ever I tasted wine in such an early stage!
It was so interesting! You can see it’s not fruit juice anymore, but it’s not wine yet.
Amazing experience!
You still have the fruit juice feeling, something pear juice and over ripe banana wise in some beginning wines. You taste the yeast that’s working to get the alcohol produced.
I am so grateful we could taste that! So, thank you Manuel!

I have a confession to make…
On the Germany trip I actually learned Kabinett or sweeter Rieslings can be great!
The sweetness actually adds to the flavor and complexity of the Riesling!

I want to thank Manuel and his parents for the great hospitality and amazing wines and tour!

If you like more information ask me or go to the website :
http://www.weingut-brixius-boelinger.de

Thank’s for reading, RIESsearchING and I’ll see you the next one!

RIESsearchING at Dr. Loosen!

Hi Riesling fans,

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I have some great news to report.
I am hired in a new Restaurant, which is about to open this November in Antwerp!
As real Sommelier! I am so happy about this!
Also last month (during my Germany trip) I received the amazing news that I passed my WSET Diploma Case Study about Social Media Marketing of wine!

So, only great news today and great wines of course, because today’s RIESsearchING is at
Dr.Loosen at the Mosel!

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We were a little too early, but Marcus the guide already let us in.
We talked a little from where we are and what we do and he decided to have us see the private cellars of Ernst Loosen.
Like all Beerenauslese and Eiswein is stocked in there. He keeps it for special occasions.
Ernst Loosen is the owner of Dr.Loosen winery.
The winery is already 200 years in the same family, which is quite rare.

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The other people started to come in for the tasting and we took off.
First a short introduction of the winery and how the VDP works because that can often be confusing.
So the VDP is the Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter.
This is an alliance of German winery owners and winemakers who taste the entries and decide who becomes a VPD and who not. It’s sort of the elite club of German Wine.
There also is a classification as there is in Bourgogne.
At the base layer you have the VDP Gutswein: this is a Regional wine that reflects a grate basic quality standard that has been set by the VDP.
Then there is the VDP Ortsweine or Village wines: These wines originate from the village better vineyard sites, that are planted with regional grape varieties and there are yield restriction.
And so, we go on the Erste Lage: Which are the Premier Cru vineyard let say.
These wines are from the first class vineyards with a distinctive Character, they also provide perfect growing conditions and must be planted with regional grape varieties.
And at the very top we have the Grosse Lage: or the Grand Cru vineyards. These are the very best and most famous vineyards who have a very distinct character. These wines can be rather expensive and have great aging potential. They are planted with regional grape varieties.

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Now we have an idea of how the VDP works we move on to the tasting.
Dr. Loosen has wines made from 6 famous vineyards:
-Bernkastler Lay
-Graacher Himmelreich
-Wehlener Sonnenuhr
-Ürziger Würzgarten
-Erdener Treppchen
-Erdener Plälat
They all have a specific soil type all slate, but different types of slate and all bear a different exposure to the sun.

We started off with their Pinot Blanc.
Pinot Blanc, (maybe you already noticed) is becoming a hype in Mosel. So everybody has a Pinot Blanc.
This wine has 8 to 10 months ripening on the lies in big bariques.
What is a thing here at Dr.Loosen is that they make wine in the real Mosel style!
Which is really very interesting. So the Pinot has a slight sweetness to it is a little buttery, very fruity with medium acidity and a medium long finish, also some minerality can be found.
The mineral notes is a reason why the Mosel wineries like Pinot Blanc. It’s a variety that reflects the soil well also.

Then 2 blends were tasted the Blauwschiefer and the Rotschiefer.
Then we started out going on the single vineyard ones:

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-Graacher 2014 which delivered 12 months ripening on the lies in big Mosel barrels.
This is a wine from the vineyard Graacher Himmelreich, the Kingdome of heaven of
Graach.
The soil is formed out of multicolored slate.
The wine is rather dry with a high acidity to counter and salty, mineral tastes with
citrus and stone fruit you can also taste a little bitterness of almonds. The wine has
a quite long finish!

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-Ürziger Würtrzgarten 2014 or the Herb Garden of Ürzig.
The wine is grown on red volcanic soil of ürzig, this is a unique soil in the Mosel.
This Iron rich soil gives a little spiciness to the minerality of the wine. The wine is also very fruity, apricots and nectarines has a little alcoholic feeling trough warts the other wines. And besides a little CO2 prickle which makes it quite pleasant.

We also tasted their Feinherb. This was absolutely what I remember it to be…
Flabby, too sweet, not enough acidity, little mineral, but with a very short finish.
These sorts of wines are not to my likings but you know it is an authentic Mosel styled wine and that’s what the winery stands for!

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-Kabinet Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2015 or the sundial of Whelen.
This Sundial in the vineyard actually shows how a great exposure the vineyard has to the sun!
Because you can read the time from it, its perfectly south facing, and then that’s only good news for the vineyard. Also in this vineyard there is almost no topsoil, only beautiful blue slate.
This wine has a nice sweetness to it with a refreshing acidity, very ripe stone fruit and red apples, and a fresh wet stone minerality with a long finish.

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-Spetlese Erdener Trepchen 2013 or the little stairway of Erden.
This vineyard actually has a stairway going up the hill through the vineyard. There occurs the name from. Also, it’s a vineyard you recognize right away when you see it!
I also climbed a bit of the Erdener Trepchen with my mom (because you can do that!) but it was so freaking hot that day we didn’t climb it whole. It is an experience I have to say! This is the only way to know what the vineyard workers have to go through almost each day. I can tell you, it’s hard. Even harder because I am afraid of heights, which is not very useful if you’re going up a steel vineyard…
Anyway… Because it’s a Spetlese this is (almost always) a sweet wine. With high acidity making it still fresh,
Honey notes very ripe to overripe and baked stone fruit and white fruits and a minerality that does make me dreamy! Choo polish, petrol, a little smoky even and such a long finish! Way too young of course but it’s already awesome!

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-Auslese Ürziger Würzgarten 2014:
Again a wine from the volcanic soil of Ürzig (I know the name is almost unpronounceable).
This time a lushes sweet one. Also with a mountain high acidity which you would not say because it just counters the sweetness. This is a very concentrated wine! Caramel notes, honey, dried stone fruits or even candied, also again a spicy minerality and a short finish, which only says this wine needs decades more of bottle maturation to develop all complex flavors! This is on his path to become a fabulous wine!

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A further post will follow of all famous vineyards of the Mosel in a while!
So you don’t miss out on the amazingness that’s going on in that beautiful soil over there!

Oh, and in the evening we went to a restaurant in the Richtershotel and who sat the table next to us?! Mr. And Mrs. Loosen their selves! My mom made sure we have proof!

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That’s that for this RIESsearchING!

If you want to know more about the Dr. Loosen winery pleas ask or visit the website: dr.loosen.com

Enjoy and see you the next RIESsearchING!