This Issue includes a look-back at the finest from 2017, a sneak preview of 2018, background articles on Mosel, Riesling ... and beyond wine.
The 2017 vintage was small, courtesy of a wide range frost. But it turned out to be a beautiful one, even if it was far from being homogeneous as rot played a role at the beginning of the harvest..
After having tasted over 1,000 wines, many several times, we look back at the remarkable 2017 vintage with the full benefit of hindsight and put forward our list of not-to-be-missed “Vintage Highlights” for each stylistic direction, i.e. dry Riesling, off-dry Riesling, Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese and noble-sweet wines.
What does 2018 have in store? Although it is still early days, 2018 may well yield many positive surprises and certainly NOT a remake of 2003. We provide some background based on the vintage conditions and preliminary tastings in casks.
Which came first: Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr or Weingut Fritz Haag? We met with Oliver Haag for an in-depth interview on his Estate, vineyards, winemaking philosophy, professional career … and, of course, wine preferences!.
Three different sectors of the Winninger Uhlen have been recently given geographical protection along EU standards. The approach and structure of this approval process could signal the start of a new era for German wine. We review the situation and the challenges.
“There is beer and there is Gueuze.” This comment epitomizes this truly remarkable (zesty!) beer from Belgium made along similar lines to that of fine wine. We share our love for this unique brew ... which even has a direct link to Mosel wine!
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