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”
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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Christmas is not far away now and most of us living in Germany will have already sampled the famous “Glühwein”. Known elsewhere as mulled wine, this warming drink is popular at the Christmas markets which start in late November. Continue reading “Recipes from the Mosel – Riesling Glühwein”
This is an interesting little video for wine novices such as myself as it is a number of local producers talking us through the Mosel wines and how they get their unique character.
I like the way the one guy towards the end says he drinks a bottle a night and his doctor tells him he is in perfect health. That is clearly where I have been going wrong all these years!
Here is an interesting recipe I found on the German website Römische Weinstraße. It is called “Weinsuppe mit Pilzen”, which is wine soup with mushrooms. I have not tried it yet but if anyone does give it a go I would be interested in knowing how it tastes. Continue reading “Recipes from the Mosel – Wine Soup with Mushrooms”
I am not a huge fan of statistics as no matter how factual they are, and if read out of context they can be misleading also.
Tractors are some of the few items of machinery used during the grape harvest here. The steep of the vineyards make mechanisation a challenge, and most things are done manually as they have been since the Romans first introduced grapes to the region. Continue reading “Mechanising the Grape Harvest with Tractors”
For those of you who might be struggling, here is a very useful little video produced by the Deutsches Weininstitut (German Wine Institute) on how to pronounce the various German wine terms and their meanings:
Their website which has a host of information on German wines in general, and happily it is in English. Find out more about the Deutsches Weininstitut (German Wine Institute).
On Saturday 20th July from 11am, the 2018 Zell Long Table (”Zeller Lange Tafel”) kicks off.
As the name suggests, a 400 metre long table runs the entire length of Balduinstraße (which is the main shopping street of the town) at which local cafes, bars, restaurants and even shops serve up various food specialities and of course copious amounts of local wine. Continue reading “Zeller Lange Tafel (Zell Long Table)”