Germany Vintage 2018 – with a focus on Riesling

The VDP had its annual Weinbörse at the prosaically-named Rheingoldhalle in Mainz a few weeks ago. Two days presenting the 2018 vintage (plus selected other wines from previous vintages) to a trade public. The event is always enjoyable, well-organised and a good opportunity to taste a broad cross-section of wines from Germany from many top […]

Anteprima Amarone 2015

Talk about high expectations. After the very difficult 2014 vintage in Europe, 2015 has been universally acclaimed on the continent as being one of the best vintages of the century. Possibly one of the best vintages ever. Wonderfully healthy fruit on the vines – and plenty of it. Great weather with oft-ideal ripening conditions.  In […]

ingredients for mulled wine, including wine, cloves, lemon, orange, cinnamon and star anise

Your Best Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine Winter has officially begun. With winter come winter drinks, and what better way to combat winter’s chill than with a beautiful, hot cup of mulled wine? Started by the Romans, mulled wine remains a tradition throughout Europe, and has made its way across the world. I live in Germany, and Germany is as […]

Make Zibibbo Your Holiday Dessert Wine

Sweet wines – that is, wines that are generally intended as dessert wines – get far too little attention and respect. This is tragic, because many of the world’s finest, most eloquent wines are, in fact, sweet wines. They can command astronomic prices, too, when coming from the right place and producer. Any grape can […]

Rethinking Primitivo

Oh, Primitivo, I’m sorry! I should never have doubted you and your potential. Continuing on the theme of “breaking stereotypes”, allow me to share what I discovered in Apulia recently: there is Primitivo being made there that can easily compete with the great Zinfandel wines of California. Wines with freshness (!) and elegance (!!), fruit […]