A bottle of Perter Jakob Kühn's 2000 Vintage Eiswein

Great Sweet Wines of the World Part 1: Eiswein, Germany’s Cold Gold

I’m Canadian, and if there is one style of wine that Canada is well known for, it is Ice Wine. In a country like Canada, where winter is a given, temperatures will almost certainly drop well below freezing, allowing Ice Wine to be made regularly. Not so in Germany, although most of the country is…Continue reading Great Sweet Wines of the World Part 1: Eiswein, Germany’s Cold Gold

Steel – Stone – Wood; an Experiment in Fermentation at Weingut Andreas Schmitges

The Sixpack: Two Bottles Each of Steel, Stone, and Wood Have you ever thought about what affects the taste of the wine you drink? Have you ever considered what influence is exerted by the soils in which the vines grow? Have you pondered the changes effected in a wine by the sulphur that has been used (or not…Continue reading Steel – Stone – Wood; an Experiment in Fermentation at Weingut Andreas Schmitges

German Wine Labels – Page 3: Vineyards and Sites

Page 3 – German Vineyard Names Please take careful note of the disclaimer at the bottom of this page. Okay, German vineyard names tend to look quite daunting. They’re often long, employing at least two unfamiliar polysyllabic names, and are often coupled with producer names of equal length and other unknown terminology like that explained…Continue reading German Wine Labels – Page 3: Vineyards and Sites

German Wine Labels – Page 4: The VDP Classification

Page 4 – The VDP Classification Now, as if all that wasn’t enough, the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) has developed their own system for naming wines. Coming about partly as a reaction to the 1971 reforms to the German Wine Law and the problems associated with it, it keeps many aspects of the official system…Continue reading German Wine Labels – Page 4: The VDP Classification

Brauneberger Juffer and Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr

Brauneberger Juffer and Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr In a land filled with vineyard sites paradoxically both renowned and difficult to pronounce (or even remember, in the case of non-speakers of German), the precipitous Brauneberger Juffer, found a bit short of halfway to Koblenz from Trier, offers one of the most important: Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr. If you enjoy Riesling…Continue reading Brauneberger Juffer and Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr