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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 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 Dr. H. Thanisch

Hi Riesling lovers,

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Today another winery I visited on the Mosel in Germany.
RIESsearchING at Docter H. Thanisch!

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We visited the Docter Cellar behind the picturesque village of Bernkastel-Keus.
First, we saw the vineyards. Erik Rundquist let us discover the Doctor vineyard which also has a Roman Presshouse up the hill and is restored for touristic visits.
Besides, they do everything organic in the vineyards sins a year.
This year they stopped spraying by helicopter and perform almost everything by hand.
There is no other option cause the hill is so steep!

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We were greeted at the cellar door by his wife Barbara Rundquist-Müller.
The cellar door tells the story of the winery.
An elected Prins, Kurfürst was very ill and no one could heal him. Then he went to his castle on the Mosel.
A winemaker gave him a barrel of his finest wine and said to the prince this was the best medicine in the world.
The day after he drunk the wine the prince was better and called the winemaker to his caste and called the winemaker his Docter and gave him a vineyard that he called the Doctor vineyard. The only real doctor!
Since that day that vineyard was called the Docter and till today there is made wine from these vines at the doctor vineyard and cellar.

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It’s a very old cellar, 350 years old to be precise.
They still employ it for fermenting and maturing the wines and storing of their treasury (meaning very old wines of the estate) and to hold tastings.
It’s all year round between 8 and 10°C which they say it’s the ideal temperature.
At that time when I was there 3 weeks ago, it was really sunny and warm, but the week before it had been raining for so long! The ground was still quite wet. And the cellar was carved out the slate soil and rock, and then water was constantly pouring out of the soil in the cellar through the door onto the street.
But that totally adds to the charm of everything!
Because it’s an old cellar, it was rather dark inside. But again that adds to the story!

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They have 12ha of vineyards spread over the Bernkastler Docter, Bernkasteler Badstube, Bernkasteler Graben, Bernkasteler Lay, Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich and Wehlener Sonnenuhr.

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The wines are made organically no addition of sulfur or anything else for that matters, the grapes are crushed and macerate for 2 to 4 hours before being gently pressed.
Also, no yeast strains are added after 350 years the yeast has settled in the cellar and does his work well!
Also the filtration is really light and gentle. And everything happens in the typical 1000 liter Mosel barrels.

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We tasted 6 of their wines.
They are made in the real Mosel style.
Quite full bodied (because of the natural fermentation),
Deep in color as well, with a nice residual sugar content and a sky high acidity to counter the sweetness. As well, almost all wines were very concentrated!
They also have something unique, wild but very pleasant to it!
Most have a medium to long finish. It’s not for everyone I believe because of the little wild side, but it is still typical Riesling! A nice minerality, and ripe white fruit and peaches.
I like the wines very much and I think they are best drunk with matching foods.
Seafood, fat fish, foigras, spicy foods and the very concentrated ones even with meat!

So this was it for the RIESsearchING at Dr. H. Thanisch.

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If you require more info, please me or visit the website: dr-thanisch.de

Enjoy reading and enjoy your Riesling!

Till the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING at Axel Pauly!

Hi Riesling fans,

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On my Germany trip I also visited Axel Pauly in Lieser.

We stood in front of the shop and tasting room and along the stairs where lavender and slate.
The lavender smelled so good that morning!
The first impression was set and was already wonderful before we even got to the front door!

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He came to greet us in his state of the art shop and tasting room.
It’s only 3 years old the building and renowned winery.

First he took us upward to the vineyards, because there is where it all starts.
He said you need to see it with your own eyes to understand it!
What is absolutely truthful!

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First stop was on a piece of vineyard where hi’s wife was working to remove some more foliage for the grapes to get ready for the last ripening stage.
That vineyard is planted with Fruburgunder which is a kind of Pinot Noir.
It is the first grape variety to ripen in the Mosel area.

They had a fan installed to hold back the wild pigs, they already started eating the grapes… And they were ready to hang the nets so the birds won’t eat all the grapes.
Nets only are not good enough because the wild pig’s suck the grapes trough the nets.
Because this variety ripens first it’s a problem to keep the animals off.

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The next vineyard faces the Mosel. And is so super steep…
He showed us that on the sun side the leaves are kept so the grapes won’t get sunburned and on the shadow side almost all the leaves are stripped so you have a good airflow.
Down the hill is a Roman press house, which is dug out and cleaned up for visitors.
This vineyards are true to the best vineyards further up the mosel and have almost all day sunlight!

He showed us how the old training system was on 1 post and the training scheme now on wires.

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After we went on back to the winery. He showed us the cellars, he has some oak bariques. A state of the art press, which he can temperature control and puts a gas on it so oxygen does not affect the grapes and most.
He presses the grapes very slowly and does some maceration for his Riesling’s, because the most flavor is in the skins and he want to extract as much as possible.
Else, there are stainless steel tanks, big and modest ones for the single vineyard wines.

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And so we got to the most important moment of the visit!
Tasting the wines!
His shop/tasting room is beautiful with sight on the vineyards!

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While we were tasting people came in just to buy some wine. He said this is a real big income. People who simply stop by, taste something and take some boxes of wine with them.
He want’s to export more to other countries and I support him in this because he has very good wines. And also real good for the Belgium market. Because he makes wines on the drier side and very pure.

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He’s bottle design is awesome! If you look at it wile the bottle is upright you see the landscape of the Mosel. If you hold the bottle horizontally you see 3 profiles of faces!

That’s his grandfather, his father and Axel himself.
It’s pure! Exactly like the wines. You also discover the purity in the building.
It’s altogether very well executed!

He told us that his philosophy is to create a drink flush.
So he want’s to make enjoyable, nice wines.
Also more high end, but really people just have to enjoy his wines.
Drinking wine should be easy, not rocket science!

We tasted a lot, I think almost everything he produces!
Amazing! All the wines were so mineral, also fruity, pure and refined!

It’s incredibly difficult to pick favorites here.
Ok, so I won’t.

I do want to give my note from a wine!

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The Purist Riesling 2014,
Which is very fresh, mineral, fruitiness of peaches, high acidity, medium bodied and has a medium finish. But is so light, fresh and pure.
This was the first wine we tasted and it immediately gives you the style of wine he makes!

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The Trink Flush 2015 is made of Pinot Blanc, Elbling and Riesling!
This wine has a little less acidity, is very fruity, is quite mouthfilling with a medium finish.
It’s what he described he want’s! A light, comfortable drinking, no fuss wine!

We tasted a great deal more, but again quite boring to read!

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What I found out is that a lot of wineries in Germany make a Secco.
I was like what in the world…. Is Secco?!
Well, it’s wine with CO2 added.
In most cases it’s a little sweeter with a high acidity, very fruity and quite affordable!
It’s really refreshing, easy drinking!
Also, Axel made a Rose Secco. Very fresh, red fruits, not very complex, but it’s not necessary for this style of wine.

This for the RIESsearchING at Axel Pauly!
If you require any more information, please ask or visit the website: Axel Pauly.de

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Enjoy reading with a nice glass of Riesling and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

Generation Riesling!

Hi Riesling fans,

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It has been some time now…
I know!
Constantly on the move.
Besides, I had a case study to prepare last month about Social Media wine marketing.
Which I have learned a bunch about!

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Anyway.I am redirecting my focus on Germany for a bit.
Because, this summer I go for a 5 day trip to Germany.

For yes, you know it: Riesling!

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With my case study behind me and a lot of Riesling in front of me.                                                    I am going to talk about Generation Riesling today.

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Generation Riesling!

This is an innovation of the German Wineinstituut.
To attain a positive look on German wine again!
Because, let’s face it, folks. Previous generations do not drink German Riesling…
It is very logical and has good reasoning.
Wines such as Schwartze Katz and liebfraumilch.
Huge mass production and nearly good enough to produce a sauce with.
Lately they are better, but even so this is not at all covering what german wine
Is all about and has to offer a lot more!

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Why the name Generation Riesling?
Easily, the members cannot be over 35 years old.
It’s entirely about having a fresh take on German wines.
Not only Riesling. But Riesling is the most important grape variety in Germany.
It’s born there!

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This year they are celebrating 10 year Generation Riesling!
10 years ago, they started with 80 members, today their over 500 members!
Their task is to promote German wine as ambassadors on trade fairs and events.
And they are good at it!

 

 

First time I came in touch with Generation Riesling was this year at Prowein Dusserdorf.
They are innovative, interesting, young winemakers who do not want to throw away tradition, but embrace it in different en new way’s!
They utilize new materials and less chemicals to make the wine.

DWI / PROWEIN in Düsseldorf / Foto: Jakob Studnar

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In today’s marketing word of mouth is really important!
And by attending events and trade fairs Generation Riesling
generates this.
Also social media is important word of mouth!
And younger generations are subject to this!
As, for instance the International Riesling Foundation (also something to blab about!)
Shared an article about Millenials their input in reviving Riesling wines!
The wine has to taste good and look fun and be easy to sway around.
That’s a winning streak recently.

For the 10 year anniversary this year Generation Riesling does some events in Germany.
And the events already had some outstanding feedback!

In the Netherlands they also did some events with the support of Alain Jacobs.
He is the man who manages events and works for the German wineinstituut in Belgium and Nederland.
He is the man around here that’s involved in Riesling!
He also does fun things on prowein every year.

For more information, go here:
Generationriesling.com
http://www.winesofgermany.co.uk

On my trip, which I will be writing about!
I also visit a lot of members of Generation Riesling!

See you the next 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