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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!

Not so RIESsearchING at Venissa!

Hi wine friends,

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Today for my last “not so RIESsearchING” for now!
This one took place at Venissa on Mazzorbo, Venezia!

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The morning of the visit, I departed from Verona quite early.
The winery sent me an email after I departed to come and meet them later on the day. I never received it… So, I arrived too early.
Only this was no problem, they invited me in, in their Osteria Contemporanea and gave me a glass of very nice Prosecco.
Which made the waiting very pleasant. The man who showed me around the winery, named Marco apologized like a 100 times he let me waiting. This was not necessary at all! But very polite.

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We began the tour outside. They own a big vegetable garden, where the vegetables are grown for the 2 star restaurant and the Osteria. The garden is maintained by local retired people.

 

 

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The vineyard is only 0,8 Ha, with 4000 vines present. This is the Dorona Veniziana.
Translated means Gold of Venice. The vineyard and garden are Biodanamicly sustained. Dorona is an ancient species which was almost disappeared.

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Nowadays this is almost the only vineyard on Venice, but centuries ago, there were a lot more! Like the San Marco square was one big vineyard long ago.

On Burano you even have a street called Via Della Vigna, the street of the vine.

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Also in their garden they have 2 ponds, they look very dirty, but these are also Biodynamically and this is a breeding place for the native fish “Ghiozzi”.
They assist the re-introduction of these fish in the Laguna by these ponds!

 

After the outside tour, we went inside for an introduction movie.

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The bottles also tell a story:
The glass bottles are hand made by Moretti glass work on the island of Murano.
On this glass bottle a foil of gold is attached. This gold is made by the Battiloro family in Venice who makes gold foils for centuries. They likewise made the gold that you can see on the Lion and the wings of the angels on the Basilica of San Marco.
After the gold is attached they go back to Moretti for a last bake in their ovens.
Each bottle is numbered in 2011 there were 3911 half liter bottles made, 188 Magnums, 88 Jeroboams and 36 Imperials.

 

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Then there followed a tasting of the 2012 vintage.
The wine is gold in color, it has great structure almost like a red wine. Which is not weird because the wine has skin maceration for up to 12 weeks. Also peach and honey flavors can be detected. The wine has a velvet full body, it’s dry and a savory almost salty. It has a long and rich finish.
The salty taste can be because the vineyard floods 6 times a year with the salt water from the Laguna. After the flood they need to rinse the soil with sweet water for 3 day’s to get the salt water out of the soil. Because vines do not live of salt water!
That’s why they have an irrigation system in the vineyard.

 

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While I was tasting the wine, Marco opened the doors of the room, I sat in and there was a nice view of the Laguna. And he said: this is our terroir.

 

 

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Venissa also makes a Rosso of Merlot and Carmenére grown on another island of Venice: Torcello not far from Burano.
This bottle is hand made by the same company, but there is not a sheet of gold but copper on the bottle.
I did not taste this one.

 

 

At the end, I got an empty bottle of the Venissa 2012! Which proudly stands in my living now!

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This visit was a great experience! If you go to Venice, you should go visit Venissa!
The visit cost 25€, but it’s so worth it!

I thank Marco at Venissa for the wonderful winery tour!

And thanks to everyone for the great hospitality during my visit in Italy!

See you the next real RIESsearchING again! Riesling here we come again!

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!