Heinzelwein-Dreier im Oktober 2019: Kanada und die Schönheit im Kleinen und im Großen

Kanada – wilde Weite, greifbare Natur. Der ständige Kampf, als Mensch darin sein Auskommen zu finden, in vielerlei Hinsicht noch ganz unmittelbar zu spüren. Und soviel Schönheit. Ich war zehn Tage in (auf?) Neufundland, ganz oben im Nordosten des Kontinents, wo Nordamerika beinahe noch an Europa hängt – und habe zehn Tage lang in kanadischem Wein geschwelgt. Denn ja, dort wächst großartiger Stoff. Ok, nicht in Neufundland, aber in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec, British Columbia… Gibt es hier leider nur gaaaanz selten. Aber hier sind zwei, die hervorragend in den Herbst passen, für besondere Momente (und dafür um so mehr zu lesen). » Weiterlesen…

Four (!) cheeses of the month for July 2018, from the northern shores of Lake Balaton, Hungary

Wines from volcanic soils have become a real thing recently. Etna and Vesuvio, the Canares and Santorini, Dundee Hills and Gattinara all make for rather special aromas and textures in our wine glasses. Particularly interesting in this respect and still overlooked by many: Hungary. So when Robert Gilvesy from the eponymous wine estate in Badacsony on Lake Balaton’s northern shores invited me to this year’s Bohém Légyott I immediately reshuffled my diary and accepted. » Weiterlesen…

My cheese of the month for July 2017: Mature goat cheese from Kozia Łąka Sery Łomnickie, Łomnica/Poland

On my first research trip to Poland in August 2014, in an organic grocery store in Warsaw, I came across cheeses made by Bożena and Daniel Sokołowscy. They keep around a hundred goats on their organic farm Kozia Łąka Sery Łomnickie not far south from Jelenia Góra in Lower Silesia, overlooking the Giant Mountains with the Schneekoppe peak.
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Terroir Symposium 2017 in Toronto: Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy – and Riesling!

It’s been ten years since Torontonian Arlene Stein started the Terroir Symposium in her native city. About one year ago, Arlene moved to Berlin, and we met, and she invited me to speak at this year’s event (of which she also created a more intimate satellite version in Berlin in mid-May, but that’s a different story). Me being travel-insatiable me took this as a wonderful excuse to be on the road for a whole month, going to New York, Cambridge, upper Vermont, Québec, Nova Scotia, and, extensively, Ontario. For wine, for cheese, for friends, for…life as such!
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Two bottles: Volcanic Hungary from Robert Gilvesy

Szent György-hegy and Badacsony – no, I hadn’t heard about this region either before tasting these wines. But those northern shores of Lake Balaton, west of Budapest look dreamy on pictures. And the wines Robert Gilvesy sent me to taste had something special. While Sauvignon Blanc and a white blend were pleasant if on the light side (sandy soils?), two other bottles really stood out. » Weiterlesen…

HeinzelCheeseTalk Special: Greece – Tuesday (!), May 3rd, 2016

In May, the Heinzelcheese network resulted in something very special: handcrafted cheeses from the Cyclades. Complete withe local experts! And, of course, Greek wines, from one of the super stars, Stellios Boutaris of Kir-Yianni. Who, unfortunately, could not be present, but the wonderful Aglaia Kremezi and her husband Costas Moraitis came and told us about the island of Kea, the gorgeous cooking school they run there during the summer, and the stories of the cheeses they brought for us. » 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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HeinzelCheeseTalk no 21: Goat, Sheep, Buffalo and Cow – let’s compare. Friday, January 8th, 2016, 6pm

We might occasionally act sheepish, and sometimes we are real cowards… but can we really taste the difference between different kinds of milk? Dear HeinzelCheeseTalk family (yes, you are my family, and my bestest wishes to you all for this new year – hope you had some more than decent cheese to start with and a good drop with that!) – it was a pleasure to look at some basics with you. » Weiterlesen…

HeinzelCheeseTalk no 20: Poland. This time for real… Friday Nov 20, 6pm

After all the wonderful excitement of Cheese Berlin, here comes a “regular” HeinzelCheeseTalk at “our” table opposite the Suff winestall at Markthalle Neun. On that table: three totally not regular, exceptional Polish cheeses, from distant, verdant Mazuria in the far east of the country. I know, I know – I promised you those three beauties back in October, and then didn’t deliver… This time, they are here, for real. And some intriguing Polish wines to go with them. So hopefully, around that table, a very excited crowd of HeinzelCheese folks! » Weiterlesen…

Cheese Berlin 2015! November 1st!! With Lots of Specials…

What a weekend – the Markthalle Neun was full of cheese, cheese makers, cheesemongers, cheese lovers – in short, you! For a whole, long day (11-19h), local, regional, national, international stuff was presented, sniffed, felt, tasted, discussed, sold, savored…

This fourth edition of Cheese Berlin was a very special happening – which Heinzelcheese celebrated with four (!) very special Heinzelcheesetalks.
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