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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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Riesling Masterclasses!

Hi everyone!

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It has been some time, because I was really busy!
I have done my WSET Spirits exam earlier this week.
Besides, I worked my butt off in a second restaurant.
And I gave 2 master classes!

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The first Master class was where I did my school time. Here in Antwerp PIVA!
It was fun to do and we gave an amazing Riesling tasting!
We, are me and my mom!
She gives wine classes in Aalst at Tanerra under Wine in Words!
www.wineinwords.be

Anyway. We got going off the tasting with a sparkling Riesling Sekt from Solter, who is based in the Rheingau, Germany.
It has a nice mousse, was delicately refreshing and complex and after it had the time to breath the amazing petrol aroma came up!

As, second wine we had also a German wine from the Mittelrhein.
The base wine from Toni Jost a Riesling Trocken.
It’s refreshing, fruity and mineral with a quite short finish which is a little acidic.
Hence, it’s a fresh glass of wine.

The next wine is from the USA, Ancient Lakes AVA. The Kong Fu Girl Riesling!
This has a little more residual sugar, but has enough acidity to make it still a fresh wine. This wine is surprisingly complex, very mineral, fresh fruit and some tropical fruit and the wonderful petrol aroma jumps out of the glass! A long finish makes it altogether, even more fantastic!

Than as sweet wines we had a Fine Herb from Fritz Haag, from the Mosel, Germany.
Normally fine herb is a flabby sweet wine which Germans drink all day long.
But not this one!
It had a nice texture, the acidity balances out the residual sugar and there is a fresh mineral touch. So, really good for a fine herb!

As second sweet and last wine, an Auslese from Karthäuserhof out of the Ruwer region in Germany.
It’s a lot more concentrated, had a deeper color.
The wine is sweet, with a lot of complex flavors, minerality, petrol and still freshness.
Also a long finish makes this a nice stopping point!

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We also presented a second Master class in one of the classes of my mom in Aalst.
Where we gave one more wine to taste.
A Selected Harvest Riesling out of New Zealand.
We served the year 2000 which was so complex! Very sweet! With candied fruit, tropical fruits and a good deal of acidity to counter all the sweetness!
A long, complex finish made this tasting amazing ass well!

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Besides, an ex colleague of mine came over.
He works now for a London spirits brand: Sacred!
They distill Gin, Vodka, Bitters and Vermouth.
They use vacuum distillation, which implies they do need a lot less heat.
And the botanicals do not decompose as much as in a normal Pot Still.
So, you have more the pure flavors of your botanicals!
I tasted their whole range!
-Sacred Gin
-Juniper Gin
-Coriander Gin
-Cardamom Gin
-Orris Gin
-Liquorish Gin
All have very pure flavors! Very nice!
The bitter Rosehip cup is like Campari, but much more elegant!
The Sacred English dry vermouth is a wonderful mix vermouth.
The Sacred Amber Vermouth is for sipping on the rocks and has a nice complexity.
The Sacred Spiced English Vermouth has a spicy complexity to it also for sipping
on the rocks.
There Organic Vodka is so aromatic!
And to finish Balder made me a Sacred Negroni.
Which is 1pt of Sacred Gin, 1pt of the Rose hip cup and 1pt Spiced English Vermouth, this all served over ice is an amazing aperitif cocktail!
Thank you Balder for the tasting of Sacred distillery!
For more info: http://sacredspiritscompany.com

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And Prowein was again this year!
I went for 2 whole day’s of RIESsearchING!
More later!

See you for the Prowein RIESsearchING!