Over the weekend of 15th and 16th December 2018 the stunning Reichsburg Castle in Cochem will hold its annual Christmas event. In keeping with the location, this event has a Medieval theme, so expect performers, market stalls offering all manner of traditional gift items as well as food and drink. Continue reading “Christmas at Reichsburg Castle in Cochem”
Here is an intriguing recipe using Riesling (or any other) wine, and despite it being called “festive” there is no reason why it cannot be enjoyed at any time.
Being a useless cook myself, I have to admit that I have not attempted to make this one yet, but if anyone does I would love to hear if it was a success! Continue reading “Recipes from the Mosel – Festlicher Weinpudding (Festive Wine Pudding)”
Here are a couple of screenshots from my ‘phone showing the apps which have been helping me on my German learning journey.
My favourites are Lingvist and Duolingo, both of which have free content. Speak and Translate costs a few Euros but is great as you can speak into it and it will translate what you have said.
We are almost at the end of November which means over the coming days the famous German Christmas markets will begin. Continue reading “Christmas Markets in the Mosel and Beyond”
Here are the towns hosting festivals and other wine-related events in and around the Mosel over the coming days: Continue reading “Wine Events and Festivals in the Mosel this Weekend”
If you are looking for a real Christmas tree this year, Baumschule Erbe from Erden will be selling them at Kloster Machern near Bernkastel Kues between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the following dates:
- 6th through 8th December inclusive
- 13th through 15th December inclusive
- 19th through 22nd December inclusive
Whilst you are there, the monastery (“Kloster”) itself is worth exploring. As well as the usual ecclesiastical buildings, there is also a brewery, museum and winery.
Kloster Machern website is http://www.klostermachern.de/ although it is only in German so you might need to run it through Google Translate.
I am reposting this article as it’s pretty interesting and my new readers may have missed it. Who would have thought of the slate acting as a kind of natural storage heater for the vines?
Not that you can get juice from crushed slate, but the image definitely evokes the focused, flinty character of rieslings from the Mosel.
In this most northerly of wine regions (it’s at 50° latitude; the latitudinal range for wine growing is 28°-50°) the bits of slate that litter the vineyards store the sun’s heat, transferring the energy to vines which would otherwise lose the will during the cold night hours. The Mosel river itself also helps to nourish the vines, reflecting the sun on to the slopes and providing that extra bit of warmth that encourages the vines along.
And what about those slopes:
‘Steep’ barely covers it. Look across the river at certain vineyard blocks and they look vertical . The Bremmer Calmont (Bremm is the town, Calmont the vineyard. This is a naming system you will come to recognise if you drink Mosel wines) vineyard on the bow of the river between Trier and Koblenz is the steepest in…
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To get you in the Christmas spirit, Bernkastel Kues is holding a concert called “Chris (t) mas mit Chris Kramer”.
I myself am not familiar with this Chris Kramer or his band, but according to the blurb, he is a well-known harmonica virtuoso. Also, his pianist Nicholas Floer seemingly caused a stir at the Montreux Jazz festival.
The unique thing about this concert is that Christmas carols and other songs will be sung in English, French Spanish, Italian and German or a combination of those. The music spans several genres including blues, classical, jazz, swing and boogie-woogie so everyone will be catered for. An elaborate light show is also promised to add to the ambience.
The concert takes place on Saturday 8th December 2018 in the church of St. Michael in Bernkastel-Kues. Admission is from 6 p.m. with the show commencing at 6.30 p.m. Ticket prices are €18 for adults, €8 for children up to 14 years of age and €14 for everyone else.
Tickets can are available at https://www.ticket-regional.de/events.php?mysearchEventtype=BEJOYNT+GmbH+&+Co.+KG&lang=en and can be either sent by email to print at home, or they can be posted for an extra charge.
The website for the event is https://www.weihnachtsmarkt-bernkastel-kues.de/programmpunkte/weihnachtsbuehne-karlsbader-platz/. Unfortunately, that is only in German which is ironic given the show will be in five languages!
(Image courtesy of Chris Kramer and the www.weihnachtsmarkt-bernkastel-kues.de website)
The ostrich farm (“Straussenfarm”) at Klostermühle Springiersbach halfway between Wittlich and Alf is holding a craft and Christmas market (“Handwerker und Weihnachtsmarkt”) on the weekend of 1st and 2nd December 2018. Continue reading “Craft and Christmas Market at the Ostrich Farm in Bengel”