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This Pinot Noir from Maison Trimbach was an eye-opener. Latest blog post.

So far, this is one of the best wines I’ve had this year. Trimbach, Pinot Noir Rèserve 2015, Alsace As with Bürklin-Wolf in the previous blog post, we’re talking here about an icon of d…
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Cuvée X and the tale of 2007' - one of my favourite vintages. Latest blog post. #knipser #cuvée #pfalz #wine #wein #winetext

I have always had a soft spot for 2007. Weather-wise, I can still recall the spring heatwave in March and April. Everything blossomed really early in Basel. The sun shone intermittently thereafter.…
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A Slovenian orange wine is the focus of my latest blog post. #orangewine #sylvaner #silvaner #Slovenia

No, it is possible to make wine from oranges – but in this case I mean something different. Orange wine is the ‘fourth wine’ after red, white and rosé. It is the result of treating whit…
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Wollmesheimer Mütterle - what a great name. I'd been meaning to try a Pfirmann Riesling for quite some time. Wasn't disappointed.

Pfirmann from the sleep village of Wollmesheim in the Südpfalz are a winery I’ve been following for a number of years. I tried, and liked, some of their wines on a trip to Prowein in Düsseldo…
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Now for some cracking Gutedel.

Since leaving Basel at the end of April, my wife and I have been reacclimatising ourselves to everyday UK life. Although we are feeling much more settled five months on, we have no idea what awaits…
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Excellent Baden Pinot Noir from a hugely underestimated producer. #Baden #Markgräflerland #PinotNoir #Spätburgunder

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder. In my case, it’s our current distance from Markgräflerland – the source of so many underestimated wines. Thankfully, I can still order wines str…
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My latest blog post focuses on Sven Nieger's entry-level Riesling, minus a few notes that I mislaid.

More (bone) dry Riesling like this, please. Sven Nieger, Riesling trocken 2014, Landwein, Baden Understated straw/light yellow. After decent airing, this smells unerringly of the type of fine lemon…
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'Rheinhessen is one of the top regions in the world for dry white wines.'

Most UK consumers are totally oblivious to this. Apparently, Alsace is the 'next big thing' judging by recent press publicity.

After tasting almost 500 wines from the region we came to the conclusion that today Rheinhessen is one of the top regions in the world for dry white wines.
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Sep11 Although we just found a slew of dry whites from Rheinhessen that rated 90+ points you can buy direct from the producer for less than US$10 per bottle
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They call it a Kirchenfenster (church window) in German.

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'Gegen Gerade'. Latest blog post.

The wines of Christoph Hammel first came to my attention through the coverage they were getting on the Facebook discussion group, Hauptsache Wein. This one appealed to me the most on account of its…
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Tasty Grauburgunder

As guests at the annual winery courtyard fest (or Hoffest) at Weingut Kiefer in Eichstetten back in 2011, we went on a tractor ride through some of the terraced vineyards for which the Kaiserstuhl …
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Take me to your litre ...

I ordered some wine from Germany recently. Twenty-four bottles in total. The first time I have ordered in bulk for a long time. Even taking postage and packaging into account, this is a much cheape…
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On leaving Basel and discovering quirky wines like this one.

It has been quiet on here for quite a while – the reason being that my wife and I have now moved back to the UK. After 17 years living and working in the Basel area, I am currently going through so…
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Hanspeter Ziereisen knows what he likes.

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Well and what about Grüner Veltliner?;-)

This was the red we had at Christmas. Claus and Johannes Schneider, Weiler Schlipf Spätburgunder CS trocken 2013, Baden Pale to medium ruby with transluscent edges. Stemmy and slightly minty aromas…
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While my parents were over here for a long weekend before Christmas, my father and I cycled over into Germany to get some wines for the festive period from Weingut Schneider in Weil. (Don’t w…
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Jamie and Treve's Sekt Tape ...

Two wine writers, Jamie Goode (UK) and Treve Ring (Canada), are obsessed by sparkling wine. Here they head to Germany, the world's biggest market for sparkli...
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