Sake meets cheese in November 2020: Two Autumn Sake, Hiyaoroshi.

Last time we presented a summer sake – even if we were a bit late due to the pandemic. This time we’re pouring two seasonal sake. Some basics: there are three, sometimes four different seasonal sake, and the last one in the year’s cycle, for autumn, is Hiyaoroshi. » Weiterlesen…

Sake meets cheese October 2020: Two bottles from Tsukasa Botan

Our project starts with Tsukasa Botan, a brewery founded in 1603 on Shikoku. Shikoku, Japan’s fourth largest main island, is not exactly known for sake, and there are not many breweries there, but the many fishermen are known for their high per capita consumption. This comes pretty close to our own motto: A sake is good if we want to empty the bottle! » Weiterlesen…

Sake meets cheese: our new project

It all began last summer in Berlin: Walter Britz, a recognized authority on Japanese food and culture, comes to a party with three half-full bottles of summer sake. Heinzelcheese is irritated at first – wine leftovers, what a miser! – and then totally enthusiastic about these unpasteurised Sakes. Cheese will go so well with it… » Weiterlesen…

Three bottles: Riesling from Canada

Serendipity was smiling on me and decided it was time for me to widen my horizon on the subject of Canadian wine. It sent Torontonian Arlene Stein, awesome impresario of the Toronto Terroir event who recently moved to Berlin, my way with some Ontario cheese – and a box of wine! I had heard about the winemaker Charles Baker, but never tasted his wines. » Weiterlesen…

Two bottles: Affordable red stuff from South America

It was a true winter evening in early January when I decided to treat myself to a red and my hand found its way to this bottle in the wine rack. Carmenère always has a special ring to me, as we all once thought it to be Merlot, only to discover (thanks to DNA) that it belongs to the Cabernet family. I » Weiterlesen…

Six bottles: Bubbles!

As promised for this year, I’ve been drinking… and I’d like to share these with you: Six very different bubbly bottles from France, which some would call natural whereas I’m inclined to use the word delicious. I ordered them from Mr Vins Vivants Alex Zülch who gets my thumbs up for his selections!
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Danish red wine – yes, seriously! And gorgeous stuff it is…

Heinzelcheese lost it, you might be tempted to think. Gorgeous red wine from Denmark? Come on… No, seriously. But – ah, you knew there was a “but” coming, didn’t you. Alright: The 2012 Nielstrupmark from Frederiksdal isn’t made from grapes, but from cherries. » Weiterlesen…

More Weißburgunder, Serendipity – and Alpine Goat Cheese

Seems like I’m on a Weißburgunder/Pinot Blanc run. Perhaps it’s the moon, so full and bright and white right now… Last night the 2014 from Johannes Sinß played its charms on me and my faithful friend serendipity first guided my hand towards a piece of Robert Maul’s lively, sweet alpine goat cheese, then made me play Norwegian Kari’s beautiful songs with it.
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Weißburgunder, Cheddar and Serendipity

Those of you who know me well also know about my favored word in English: serendipity. Serendipity is way more than just coincidence, I’d rather call it unexpected happiness. It is also very much a state of mind – the more open you are, the more frequently it finds you. In the case of serendipitous wine and cheese pairings, I admit that a little experience does help, but considering how many options exist on both sides, I am still totally awed each time I am faced with a perfect couple. » Weiterlesen…

Cappadocia: hot air balloons, caves – and wine!

To be able to experience the past in a kind of time machine instead of just reading about it is for me one of the most exciting experiences ever. And ever since my first Turkey trip (I know, it took me an awfully long time to make it to the Bosporus), the close connection  with the historic beginnings of our civilization has been one of my main fascinations there. And yes, “experience” does include wine, a serious advantage in the Heinzelcheese universe (it also includes cheese, but that’s a different story for another day). » Weiterlesen…