Acrostic Interview: Helen Morrison winemaker at Villa Maria/Marlborough

It’s been 200 years since the first vines were planted on the northern island of New Zealand. A special occasion for the countries whole wine industry and the reason why winemaker Helen Morisson travelled all the way from the southern hemisphere to Germany to promote the wines of the family owned Villa Maria Winery.
I had the pleasure to meet Helen in Cologne this week.
Attached you will find our interview based on the acrostic of NEW ZEALAND.

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Give it up for: Detox-June!

Even if you work with wine professionally, sometimes it is good and necessary to do a little detox period. This can be one, two or more days or, if you are on a holiday even weeks. Spitting is fine but being abstinent is even better for a defined period. I do this occasionally.

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Exploring portwine-paradise (1/7): The golden bull


On their website, the Coelho family writes „The first moment you enter our Quinta, we would like to take you away …“ and they definitely did it with us. Quinta de Tourais offers winelovers an idyllic place to stay.

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Trip to Bordeaux? Visit La cité du vin!

German Version

It is not just the perfect mix of old monumental and new airy and vivid buildings that makes Bordeaux such an inviting metropolis. To me it is especially the topic of wine that is so exciting about this area and thus I was really keen to visit the Cité du vin. This very modern winemuseum – that somehow reminds me of a futuristic decanter – was built on the shores of the Gironde in 2016.

Cité du vin – un monde de cultures. What a name! But can it keep up to such expectations, even if situated in Frances wine-mecca?

Read my upshot in advance: This museum is bloody fascinating, but once you pull the plug there will be little left oft it…

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My TOP 5 from Wine Salon Natürel 2017


Cidre, Sake and wines of all colours: Wine Salon Natürel 2017 satisfies with cozy atmosphere, an openminded, relaxed spirit as well as a strong field of international winemakers. Organic wine is booming! For me there were heaps of products without added sulfur to discover. Have a quick look look at my TOP 5:

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