Lovely sweet stuff from Málaga: Rujaq Andalusí

The sweeter the wine, the older it should be, as the sweetness over the years gradually recedes into the back of the taste spectrum – at least for me. However, that’s easier said than done, as my squirrel gene seems kind of underdeveloped. So it’s extremely nice to come accross a wine such as this Málaga from Dimobe where the ageing has been done at the winery. » Weiterlesen…

Bubbles from Domaine La Louvière

Not that I’d need an excuse for a glass of bubbles (or two) at the start of the evening (full disclosure: I am a bubbles girl). But the festive season is upon us, and a steady stream of bubbles is more important than ever to get everybody into the mood, to celebrate love and friendship, and… well, just because life is too short not to have bubbles. » Weiterlesen…

Fribourg, Yvorne and MFK’s love story

Little did I realize what a treat I was in for: the weather was beautiful, the autumn sun illuminating the vineyards above the shores of Lake Geneva to a gorgeous golden glow. Such a beauty.  And then I saw a road sign: Chexbres. Suddenly I was transported to the world of MFK Fisher, the American writer who showed us that to write about food was to write about life. » Weiterlesen…

Riesling and milky substances at Rutz, Berlin

Classically trained ambitious chefs mostly use dairy products in the form of butter and cream, as well offering a cheese course (which they sometimes can’t help to fiddle around with, as if a sommelier added a dash of this and a few grams of that to wines, just to prove his or her own importance – no comment). Therefore a big applause for this extremely succesfull composition from Marco Müller at Rutz in Berlin: wild yellow Tomate, marinated scallop & sheep’s milk. » Weiterlesen…

German Riesling and related problems amongst the species known as elderly males

I really should be busy at completely different stuff, but an article about dry German riesling in the New York Times just made me push everything to the side. Let me first be clear about one thing: I appreciate any attention German wine gets and I am happy for anybody to discover it his or her way. Well, almost. Because what I don’t like at all (and would have thought Eric Asimov, for whom I have a lot of respect, would have known better) is bringing out the same old, tired lines yet again… » Weiterlesen…

2011 Elesko Riesling 1 and Valençay

What do I know about Slowakian Riesling? Embarrassingly little, such as that this one, the 2011 “1” from Elesko, grows in the small Carpathians in the Modra region, not even two hours drive east of Vienna. And that with 12% alcohol it is light in a very pleasant way, but in the depth of winter also quite refreshing due to the characteristic Riesling acidity!  » Weiterlesen…