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The white wines are from California, Rhone and Mosel. We brought the Nebbiolos back from our Piedmont short trip.
We taste two sensational old wines from Piedmont and Burgundy, Marchesi di Barolo 1949 Barolo Gia Opera Pia Riserva and Vandermeulen 1955 Clos de Tart.
We had a great evening with Argiolas Turriga and Kongsgaard Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This time Tuscany and Piedmont face each other.
After the degustation of the great Bernhard Koch 2015 Chardonnay Reserve, we decided to taste the current wines. Bernhard Koch is one of the top produces of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Pfalz.
The Loire wine region is very dynamic and producers a lot of interesting and great wine. The red wines of the Loire from Cabernet Franc can now be drunk young, but improve over many years of maturity.
This time we have Pinot Noir, Barolo and Portwine.
During the blind tasting it appears to be three California wines. But one is from Bordeaux.
Again a friend spent two old Burgundy wines.
Three great wines for dinner in ascending order.
White wine simply goes better on a hot summer evening.
This time we tasted Les Manyes 2008, La Lagune 1982 and the new white Rioja from Marques de Murrieta.
Which wine goes best with a nice venison roast? Barolo, Californian Pinot Noir or a Chateauneuf-du-Pape?
Many high-end wines have become very expensive. If you search for quality and a good value for money than German Riesling is it.
The German Spätburgunder and Pinot Noir is getting better and better and so there is now a large selection of great wines.
Last year in October we were in Piedmont and were able to taste several Barolo from the 2016 vintage. There has never been a Barolo vintage with such fine tannins and which is so fun to drink when young.
When the Barolo 2010 was released you could notice the high quality but it was clear that these wines needed maturity. Now they start to open up. You don't need one of the big names which are very expensive. Also the lesser-known producers have produced great wines.
Barolo has a long shelf life, especially if it is from Marchesi di Barolo or Giacomo Borgogno. You don't need to have a great vintage for a lot of fun.
Many Burgundy wines are too expensive and sometimes simply bad wines for the money. But there are always sensational bright spots, especially with older vintages. These wines do not come from our cellars but were sponsored by a friend.
We compare the very rare "Traumzeit Großes Känguru" from W.E. Frank wines with one of the top Chardonnays of Kistler.
Here we have two great red wines from La Spinetta and Gaja and a Beckstoffer To-Kalon.
The Schnaitmann winery will release the vintage 2019 of Fellbacher Lämmer Lemberger Großes Gewächs and Fellbacher Lämmer Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs in September 2021. In the meantime, we can taste some fun wines, which are perfect on the terrace in summer.
We compared two Pinot Noir from Burgundy and California in the same price range.
This time we tasted 2007 Comtes de Champagne, a mature Grüner Veltliner, a classic Chablis, an unknown Californian wine, 1971 La Conseillante and 1967 Suduiraut.
Keller 2007 Hubacker Riesling Großes Gewächs and two fine Nebbiolo from Elio Grasso and La Spinetta were tasted this time.
This time we tasted Chateauneuf-du-Pape versus California.
Now it is time for two bottles which we bought at the last online auction.
This was a hedonistic evening with an Auslese RR from Koehler-Ruprecht and a Puligny-Montrachet from Jean-Claude Bachelet.
We tasted a rare bottle Valbuena 5 from the 60s or perhaps older. Wine from Rioja ages extremely well. But also wine from Ribera del Duero, if it is Unico. It this also true for Valbuena?
Winery Reichsrat von Buhl is famous for its sparklings. But you need some patience because they really needs time.
The temperatures are rising and so it is warm enough to produce superb sparkling wines in England. But what about Pinot Noir? What about South Africa?
It is a strange combination - Barolo Riserva and Pinot Noir from California.
New vintages in Tuscany, especially 2016, were praised. The Super Tuscans of 2015 did not really convince us. So what about Chianti Classico and Flaccianello? Finally three different Californian reds.
We had to taste some new arrivals in our wine cellars. Since there was fish for dinner, we chose white wines.
Older vintages of Monte Bello were traditional Californian Reds. The new vintages seem to be modern and fruity.
For us the Gloria Ferrer 2007 Carneros Cuvée is the best sparkling of the new world and also most probably the best sparkling outside the Champagne. Sadly the 2007 vintage is not available anymore, so we were very excited when the new vintage 2010 arrived.
One of our subscriptions to mailing lists of Californian wineries is Kistler. And each time the new wines arrive, we are very happy to see that the Chardonnay is not less than 18/20 points.
This was a lot of fun with Piedmont.
One sparkling and several white wines started a phantastic evening: a 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne, Burgundies from Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet and a great white from Piedmont of the Timorasso grape.
This very rare bottle was bought by a friend and donated at a dinner. Thanks! It seems that in former times Barolo Chinato was also produced by Giacomo Conterno, but today not anymore.
We cannot affort to buy a Maybach car. But we can affort to buy a Maybach wine although it is not cheap. The Materium is one of the best Cabernets from California.
Four Rieslings from Nahe, Mosel and Rheingau plus Monte Bello Chardonnay resulted in a nice evening. Life is good!
We believe that the Mosel is more suitable for residual sweet wine than for dry wine. In our opinion there are only 5 players who produce really great dry Rieslings: Brohl, Markus Molitor (famous for dry, sweet and also red wines from the Mosel), Von Othegraven and especially Heymann-Löwenstein and Van Volxem. Here we have the best 3 vineyards from Van Volxem: Scharzhofberger Pergentsknopp, Gottesfuss and Kanzemer Altenberg.
Perfect for the dessert we had two fine Mosel sweets with low alcohol (both 7.5%), freshness and a complex sweetness.
Sparklings from the Champagne mature very well. Here we have two examples from Jean Pernet and Paul Bara, one non-vintage and one from 2004.
Various red wines from Germany, California and Chile accompanied the main course.
Various white wines from Germany and Loire were the accompaniment to a pulpo salad.
There was no topic, it should just be fun.
Dogliani was formerly known as Dolcetto di Dogliani. But many people though that it is a sweet wine. So the name was changed. Now it is time to taste 3 of the best Dogliani.
A great Burgundy must be perfectly balanced and complex. And so is the Ramey 2001 Chardonnay Hudson.
2011 is a forgotten year for German Riesling. It is neither an exceptional nor a bad vintage and so it is not remembered well. Let's see how the vintage really is.
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