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RIESsearchING at Carl Loewen!

Hi Riesling lovers,

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As I said, I have been on a wine/Riesling trip to Germany.
Together with my mom, who was amazing help as always!

First, we visited the Mosel for 3 days and afterward we went to the Rheingau.

We visited a lot of Wineries and had a lot of explanations, as seen before:
Everybody does it different.

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About the Mosel I have found out that every village has a vineyard that is called
after a Sonnenuhr. Which at first was rather confusing…
But it all worked out well!

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The first winery we visited!

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Carl Loewen!

Karl Joseph left, Christopher right
Karl Joseph left, Christopher right

 

His son Christopher welcomed us and gave us an explanation of the winery, how they work and
a small explanation of the region.

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The winery is found in Leiwen on the Mosel a little beyond Trier.
The most famous vineyards around there are with no doubt the Ritch, Maximin Herrenberg, Maximin Klosterlay and Laurentiuslay.
A lot of slate in the vineyards, gray and red.

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The first thing Christopher said almost immediately is that “Riesling is made in the vineyard”.
Not in the cellar!
What I utterly understand!
So, the only thing he does after the grapes are picked is: press the grapes, put the most in tanks and let it ferment. They do not add yeast strains and there is no temperature control.
Everything happens naturally.

They too have some Pinot Blanc planted. This has become the second most important grape variety at the Mosel. Because also Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) reflects the soil in a great way in the glass.

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At Carl Loewen they use an Alsace clone Pinot Blanc. So they can create a little depth in the wine and it can handle some oak maturation. The Pinot Blanc is not made in a typical style from the Mosel.
A slight residual sugar, very fruity and let’s face it made as Riesling?!
They don’t do that here.
They give the wine a maceration, before pressing and the wine stay’s 12 month’s on the lees.
The Pinot Blanc is a very nice everyday drinking wine!
With white fruits, rather high acidity, very buttery and a touch of oak. Besides, it’s very light in alcohol.
This is what Mosel is typically recognized for.

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He’s Rieslings are all quite different, this is because of there is no intervention during fermentation.
Overall they are all very mineral reflecting the soil and some more fruity than other ones.

For the Riesling vines he uses or very old vines, or he uses a clone that produces very tiny concentrated berries even if it’s a young vine.

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Let’s talk about my favorites:
The Quant Riesling: this is a blend of different vineyards.
And Quant in the local dialect stands for Good!
It’s quite mouth filling for a Riesling, it has some residual sugar but also has a lot of acidity to counter the sweet touch.
There is some minerality and fruitiness like apricots and peaches.
The finish is medium to long and refreshingly clean.

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The Varidor Riesling:
Also a blend.
Vari means variety and Dor means gold.
The wine is very mineral with a hint of petrol. Ripe apricots are detected,
also with a lot acidity.
It’s a very refreshing wine with a long finish!

 

 

I could go on about the wines, but that can be quite boring to read.

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So, this for the RIESsearchING at Carl Loewen.
Enjoy reading and if you desire to find out more about the winery and the wines
You can always ask me or visit the website: Weingut Carl Loewen.de

Enjoy a nice glass of Riesling and I see you the next RIESsearchING!

A guide to Riesling!

Hi Riesling fans,

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RIESsearchING just turned 1!

1 year and 34 posts later, I have learned a lot!
My grammar is better and my sentences make more sense as in the beginning.
Besides, I have learned so much about Riesling!
Unbelievable, and yet I am learning more every day!

Also in 2 weeks I go for a Germany, Riesling trip.
That’s a little bit to celebrate the 1 year RIESsearchING!
It’s going to be 4 day’s non stop wine!

For this blog:

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What if you can’t see the Riesling in between all the other grape varieties with Riesling in the name anymore?

No worries!

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I am going to present you a little guideline and the facts of Riesling
and it’s name stealers!
Because why would you name a grape variety you found after one that
already exists?
Because they want to pick a little seed of the already famously and great variety
called Riesling!

 

 

Let’s start off with The one and only Riesling!

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Riesling, also called: Weisser, White, Rhein, Rhine, or Johannisberg Riesling,                   Riesling Renano,Renski Rizling, Rizling Rajinski, …
It’s a white grape variety. Most planted and born in Germany.
Daughter (yes Riesling is a girl) of Gouais Blanc and sister off for instance
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
It is a very aromatic grape variety, with a lot of fruit, a great acidity, picks up the minerality from the soil and not to forget the “norisoprenoid hydrocarbon 1,1,6-trimethyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene”or “TDN” to be short. This is the flavor compound in Riesling that creates the Petrol aroma.

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Welschriesling, also called: Olasz Riesling, La! Ki Riesling, Rizling Vlassky, Graševina, Riesling Italico, …
It’s also a white grape variety, but is unrelated to the German Riesling.
Welsch even means Unrelated in Germanic languishes.
Most Welschriesling is planted in Eastern Europe.
This grape variety needs a little warmer climate, if too cold the acidity is unpleasantly pungent.
When ripens well it can be great.
Where most just acidic wines with not much more flavors are produced.
But, lately in Austria there are some great dry whited and amazing Eiswein, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese is made from Welschriesling!

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Cape Riesling or Clair Riesling, is actually another grape variety called:
Crouchen Blanc.
It is a white grape variety, which produces neutral wines.
Most planted in South Afrika and Australia.
Since 2010 Riesling can not be printed anymore on the labels of this wine.

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Banat Riesling, also called: Kreaca.
Is a white grape variety grown in Serbia and Romania.

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Roter Riesling, actually is Riesling but with a color mutation.
So this variety is very related!
The vine produces mostly a mix of white and pinkish berries.
The wine tastes quite similar but fuller bodied mostly.
I hope to buy a bottle of Roter Riesling wile I’m in Germany.
In Oestrich-Winkel in the Rheingau is Weingut Allendorf, who keeps some Roter Riesling alive and makes wines from the grape!

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Let this be your guide when you are not certain what you’re buying!
This will hold some answers for you!

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Enjoy reading and enjoy your Riesling!

Source:
The wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,…
The purple pages of the Oxford companion on Jancis Robinson.com

See you the next RIESsearchING!

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!

 

Riesling in Russia!

Hi you Riesling fans,

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It’s been a while, because I started studying for the WSET Diploma Spirits exam.
Which, is coming up very soon…

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I did taste something unusual, simply fun.
Riesling Mate Winter, which is a Riesling wine infused with spices like ginger, star anise, cinnamon and a lot more.
To me, it’s like an unfortified vermouth, refreshing, tasty and not very sweet.
It is red colored which initially threw me off, but it’s quite nice!
I purchased it from a crowd funding Called Mari Mate join the Lama.
http://www.jointhelama.com/en/start/

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Likewise, I shared the drinks business Riesling Masters article on my fb page:
https://www.facebook.com/Riessearching/

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But the theme of today, Riesling in Russia.

Overall in Russia there are a lot of wines made from imported grapes who are low to mid priced. But the premium let’s call them home made, wines are wining space!
But still only 20% of the wines produced from grapes grown in Russia are sold in Russia.
The wine growing regions in Russia have a moderate continental climate with severe winters. In regions like Rostov and Stravopol the vines need to be banked with sand against lethal frost bite in winter.
Krasnodar is one of the southern regions and the most important wine region in Russia. Takes in a quite long autumn where grapes can ripen fairly. So also Riesling ripens quite well. Here in the soil is an honest amount of chalk and marl.

Likewise, there’s some ice wine made from Riesling in Russia.
But overall I can’t find tasting notes from 100% Riesling only ice wines.
I will taste some on prowein if there is, but I think there will be and I will discuss it when I did taste some.

What is also, I have not yet discovered a Russian wine in Belgium and I don’t think there is a lot imported or really a market for it right now.

Enjoy reading and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

Sources:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/rbth/10023097/russia-wine-expert-view.html
Jancis Robinson.com and the Oxford companion

Riesling in Bulgaria!

Hi Riesling fans,

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I wish everybody a happy and prosperous new year. I hope for all your dreams to come true and it will be a wonderful year!
And I do hope you did leave last year behind in fun.

This year I hope to taste more wonderful Rieslings, visit a lot of wineries, pass a lot of exams and of course write a lot of RIESsearchING posts.

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So let’s try again: Bulgaria.
Last time I did not get enough information on Bulgaria to write a post.
I have done it better this time.

Riesling in Bulgaria!
There’s growing 1170ha of Riesling in Bulgaria.
Most are grown in the Black Sea region and the Rose Valley region here’s a continental climate.
Over Bulgaria you find different soil types:
Some alluvial soils, gray forest floor, maroon soils and some deep sand soils.

There are 3 other wine regions as well: Danubian Plains, Thracian Lowlands and Struma River Valley.

I believe it is quite difficult to stick a flavor palate on these Rieslings, because the huge diversity in soil types. Because Riesling does reflect the soil type it grows on very easily. Which makes it the most amazing grape variety for me.
I leave comment on Riesling tastes from Bulgaria when I actually have tasted some.

Something else to look forward to.
I know this is not much yet, but there will be an update when I know more!

See you guy’s the next RIESsearchING!

Sources:
The wine grape book by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz
http://www.winesofbalkans.com/index.php?balkan-states/bulgaria
http://english.bulgariandrinks.com/drink-types/wine/186

Riesling in the Republic of Moldova

Hi Riesling fans,

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Merry Christmas to all of you!

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It’s all ready been a nice day!
Went to Cru, a kind of fresh market near Brussels.
I know the manager and we have tasted already a lot of wine today.
So thank you Dennis!
I bought some Riesling there! One of them is a Riesling from Robert Weil.
I have his book! It’s a very nice book about his winery!

So I wish you guy’s a very happy Christmas and a wonderful new year!

Today I speak about Riesling in Moldova!
There’s growing 1343ha of Riesling all over Moldova.

There are 4 historical wine regions in Moldova:
Valul lui Traian (south west), Stefan Voda (south east), Codru (center), and Balti (North).
Most Riesling is grown in the southern regions: Valul lui Traian and Stefan Voda.
Here in Moldova a continental climate rules. Which is great to grow Riesling.
65% of the soil all over Moldova consists of Chernozem which is a black humus soil rich in humus and calcium oins.

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They also make some ice wine here in Moldova.
But overall the dry Riesling does a good job as well.
Also here in the Riesling the aroma of quince and peach is found white flowers,
overall a little less mineral, but that won’t be all of them I’m sure!

So enjoy reading and see you the next RIESsearchING!

Sources: wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,…
www.winesofmoldova.com
http://www.britannica.com/science/Chernozem-FAO-soil-group

Riesling in Croatia!

Hi Riesling fans,

Ever been to Croatia?
Not me. But it should be an amazing country.
They make wonderful wines. Istrian wines are almost popular!

Also Riesling, here called Rizling Rajnski grows in Croatia.
1072 ha which is 3% of the total vineyard plantings of Croatia.
And good news also for Riesling is that 2 out of 3 bottles wine made is white wine!
Riesling is mostly planted on the Hungarian and Serbian borders,
where a continental climate rules.
On the coast of Croatia rules a continental climate.
Overall the soil exists of rocks and some alluvial deposits.

In earlier days Riesling was almost always made into cheap table wines.
But now wonders are made!

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Like the winery Bolfan! They make wonderful Riesling (and a lot more white wines).
The winery lies in Zlator, here the soil exists mostly of loess and limestone.
The goal of this winery is to become a 100% natural.

Their Riesling has aromas of golden apples, pear and honey and a tutch of petrol and a wet stone minerality.

Source used: the wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,…
Winepages.com
Winesofcroatia.com
Bolfan.com

Enjoy reading and I’ll see you the next RIESseachING!

Riesling in Slovenia!

Hi everyone,

I skipped a week because I was very busy. I still am, but found some time to write about Riesling!

Today I’ll talk about Riesling in Slovenia.

When you type in Google Slovenia and wine you get all links to Tesco websites.
Tesco is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the UK and they do sell a lot of wine.
If you are following the drinks business magazine, from time to time the name Tesco passes on the screen.
But I did not know they sold a lot of Slovenian wines. Apparently they do…

But on with Riesling!
Here in Slovenia Riesling is called, Renski Riesling.
In Slovenian Istria there grows 591 ha of Riesling and true out the rest of the country another 52 ha.

Riesling is grown in the Bizesljsko wine region, which lies on the border with Croatia.
Where a cool climate rules and the vines grow on a sandstone soil.

Also in the Prekmurje region grows Riesling on sandstone and clay soils
and here a continental climate rules.
This region lies between the Austrian and Hungarian borders.

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And one of the very best producers of Slovenia should be the Devri Pax winery.
This winery lies in the Stajerska wine region (Steiermark in Austria), so lies on the border with Austria.
They make a lot of white wine, but only have 2 Riesling wines in their assortment.
They have aroma’s of peaches, pineapples, blossoms and a touch of honey.
They are medium bodied, with a highly refreshing acidity, are bone-dry and packed with flavor!

As sources I used: the wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,…
Devri-pax.com
Slovenia.is
Sloveniaforyou.com

Enjoy reading and see you the next RIESsearchING!