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.
Acrostic Interview: Helen Morrison winemaker at Villa Maria/Marlborough weiterlesen
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.
Give it up for: Detox-June! weiterlesen
Finally in the Douro I visit one of my favorite Quintas. Winemaker Tiago Alves de Sousa belongs to the rising new generation.
Exploring portwine-paradise (4/7): Tradition meets modernity weiterlesen
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.
Exploring portwine-paradise (1/7): The golden bull weiterlesen
Weirdly for a sunday which is usually humming, to me the ProWein does not seem to be to crowded this year. However, again I found some interesting things to write about:
ProWein 2018: See my highlights weiterlesen
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…
Trip to Bordeaux? Visit La cité du vin! weiterlesen
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:
My TOP 5 from Wine Salon Natürel 2017 weiterlesen
This weekend is THE weekend for winelovers! Experts from all over the world come to the German Rhineland to get together and present their wines. The main event for all of the experts is the ProWein in Dusseldorf, starting this sunday 19th ending on the 21st.
For all of you from near and far, who are just winefreaks but no professionals: Please do not sit in your hotel rooms. That is an absolute no go! Go out, meet nice people and drink brilliant wines!!! There are heaps of great spinn-off-events. Where? I will let you know! Some of them are sold out quickly so be quick and have a look:
Wine circus in town // ProWein spinn-off events weiterlesen
We ‚re driving through Petra in drizzling rain. The streets are empty. Finally we drive by a poster that says „Miquel Oliver“. The big building is surrounded by red and green vineyards. The interior is modern with a fancy chandelier made of white bottles.
Don’t cross out: Mallorquin wines should be on your list! weiterlesen
It’s octobre but the sun still heats up the asphalt of Binissalem. We walk through narrow lanes. It’s midday so everything seems quite sleepy due to siesta… The big and wellknown wineries are located at the outskirts. I will go there later for sure! But apart of that I would like to see what else this town has to offer. Suddenly we stand in front of a huge open gate and look at massive wooden barrels.
Majorcan „Sang de Bou“ // Get a refill – safe water! weiterlesen