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Sunday read: Snapshots from Germany’s Wine Country

This Sunday’s read has been around on Facebook and the internet over the last week. I first saw it posted by a Korean Facebook friend of mine, then my fellow blogger Kittisak posted it in his Facebook group German Wine Lover the other day. I had earmarked this for my Sunday read, so I am still going ahead in the hope that you have not read it.

The editor at Serious Eats: Drinks, Maggie Hoffman, was recently taken on a trip to the Nahe, Mosel and Rheinhessen (remember, I come from Rheinhessen and I lived at the Mosel) by the German Wine Institute in an effort to promote German wines worldwide. She wrote an appealing piece with gorgeous photos, and she quotes a couple of winemakers on aging riesling. I thought she did a good job at portraying these landscapes and winemakers, and pointing out the differences to New World wineries.

As an aside: The piece is very poorly edited. I am a stickler for correct spelling, and there are quite a couple of typos in there, beside the random use of the umlaut (the two dots over vowels) and clear misspellings of names. I find that annoying, because it really is not that hard. It does not diminish the great content of the article,  just the reading of it.

Anyways, I hope you have a great Sunday!

Snapshots from Germany’s Wine Country: Mosel, Nahe, and Rheinhessen 

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Sunday Read: The new Nahe

Some of you know that I have a (not so) secret crush on Jancis Robinson, master of wine and great friend of riesling from the early days when no one was talking up riesling. Her 1996 German edition of “Weinkurs” (published as “Wine Course” in 1995) was my go to book when I first began looking and reading into wine more. Her Oxford Companion to wine is seen as one of the great encyclopedias on wine (I don’t own it, so I don’t know how good it is).

Jancis Robinson with a riesling tattoo

What I have liked about her most though is her writing style. She has a wonderful effortlessness about her writing. She picks her readers up and transports us to the places and wines she tries. It is a great gift, I think.

I was reminded of how much I like her when I read this piece on Financial Times the other day. She is writing about a wine region in Germany that not many know: the Nahe. A tributary to the Rhine, it is one of the smaller wine growing regions and usually overshadowed by Mosel and Rheingau. Over the last 15 years however, some extraordinary vintners have given it new glory. Names like Dönnhoff, Emmrich-Schönleber and Kruger-Rumpf now have a place on the German wine map, and are pretty well known abroad, too. Taking Werner Schönleber’s birthday celebration as the occasion, she has produced a wonderfully intimate piece on this interesting and off the beaten track region in Germany. So much to explore!

Have a great Sunday!

Jancis Robinson, The new Nahe, Financial Times September 7, 2012

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