We’ve featured wines from Weingut Ackermann in the past, and the Junglen family in Zeltingen have been among our earliest and best friends in Germany thanks to introductions from Ewald Moseler and Barnaby and Olga Tuttle. We are very excited to bring you a conversation with Anne. With her husband Harald, she is the second generation of the winery. They run an estate of about 3 hectares (~7 acres), and do all the farming, wine making, and selling. They make excellent Riesling from all three Zeltinger vineyards, and run a great guest house in the village. Their son Marius has studied wine making all over the world, including a harvest with Fausse Piste here in Oregon, and has returned to Germany. He works full time in the cellar at Markus Molitor, and still makes time to begin his wine making at the family estate. We taste a 2016 Kabinett from the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr made by Harald, and one made by Marius, as well as a 2015 Spatlese from the Schlossberg that is consistently one of my favorite German wines. Finally, we get a blind taste of something special from the treasure chamber!

We’re happy to have another interview to share with Daniel Immich of Weingut Immich Anker, in the village of Enkirch on the Mosel in Germany. We talk about his current release of Sekt, an interesting bottle of his Eisbruch dry wines, and get introduced to little Maya. The Sekt and the Brut Nature Sekt are both from the 2013 vintage, and the Eisbruch is from 2016.

Episode 349: A Mixed Trio

October 6, 2017

We had some samples on hand that we wanted to get through before Dan takes off for a couple of months. So, we opened the bottles, and tasted through to find a couple of favorites. Then, we added a special bottle of German wine that we’ve been wanting to talk about. We taste the 2016 La Randonee Russel Grooters Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, the 2014 Ledger David Syrah, and the 2016 Ewald Moseler Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett.

There has been a lot of hype around the 2015 vintage from Germany. Indeed, this is always true on the release of a new vintage, but the language from many people has been very enthusiastic. We’re both very excited to try these wines as they arrive, and to form our own opinions on them. The first we’ve seen have come in through Vom Boden. Chas picked up the 2015 Weiser-Kuenstler Enkircher Ellergrub Kabinett, the 2015 Weiser-Kuenstler Wolfer Sonnenlay Kabinett, and the 2015 Peter Lauer Barrel X. What is your favorite vintage for Mosel Riesling?

 

Interview with Florian Lauer

We continue to talk Riesling to promote the 2016 Riesling Invasion on July 23rd. Chas went on a shopping spree during the day, and picked out 4 bottles for this show from 3 different countries. From Austria, we have the 2014 Alzinger Loibenberg Federspiel. From the USA, we’ve got the Teutonic Wine Company 2015 Crow Valley Riesling. And, from Germany we have the 2014 AJ Adam Riesling Trocken, and the 2014 Von Winning Grainhubel GG. Comment on the show! Win some tickets! What’s the best GG you’ve ever tasted?

Some bottles on a shelf caught Dan’s eye, and bring us back with German wines on the table. An argument about acidity happens, and testing equipment comes out. We taste the 2013 Stein Blue Slate Dry Riesling, the 2013 Weiser Kuenstler Riesling, and the 2014 Peter Lauer Barrel X. Which cup is darker?

Episode 260 makes 5 years of weekly content for WISB! It’s strange for us to even say it, but we’re thrilled to say that we’re still having fun. We’re also very grateful for the kind responses we get about the show, and are happy to be sharing our exploration of our favorite wines with those of you who watch.

 

Ewald Moseler joins us again for this landmark episode. It’s fitting, since he’s played a huge role in our wine education and appreciation journey over the years. We always have a great time with him, and we hope you enjoy his comments and look for his wines when they show up on shelves in Oregon. Recently, he’s also been working on a tourism project for the Mosel valley. If you plan on making a trip to Germany in the near future, do yourself a favor and try to schedule a Mosel walk with Ewald. You can follow the link below, or just send him an email: ewald@moseler.com

 

Today, we taste three Rieslings, the 1993 Pohl-Botzet Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese, the 2012 Selbach-Oster Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese, and the 2013 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese.

 

While in Germany, we were invited for a visit with Reinhold and Gisela Pazen of Weingut Herbert Pazen. Our friend Ewald Moseler has been bringing these wines into Portland alone for quite a few years, and they have always been enjoyable. Reinhold was more comfortable answering questions in German, so we just went with it. Together, we taste the 2012 Grauschiefer Riesling Trocken, the 2013 Riesling Hochgewachs Zeltingen-Rachtiger Deutschherrenberg Feinherb, and the 2011 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese. Instead of a question, they wanted to invite you to visit them someday. If you’re ever on the Mosel, we hope you do!

 

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Stuart Pigott has spent lots of time exploring the world of Riesling, and has just released his book, Best White Wine On Earth: The Riesling Story. He maintains a Riesling focused blog, and came to Portland to participate in the 2014 Riesling Invasion. He was kind enough to taste a few wines with us, and to discuss some ideas about pairings, and Oregon wine culture. We taste the 2013 Trisaetum Ribbon Ridge Estate Riesling, the 2011 Viento Dry Riesling from Old Vines, and the 2012 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG Riesling. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWyoyTXzz7E   What is the best Oregon Riesling not mentioned in Stuart’s book? He’s offered a bottle of Riesling from his personal cellar to the best answer!

Andreas Resch is a fifth generation wine maker in Germany’s Saar Valley. His wines are imported into the United States by the Teutonic Wine Company, and they were kind enough to introduce us to him when he visited. He focuses on making light and clear wines that show depth without being too heavy. He’s a member of Slow Food, and farms with the intent of keeping the land healthy for future generations. We tasted all four of his wines that are currently available in the United States, and had a great conversation. We taste the Anna Lioba Sparkling Rosé, the 2012 Wiltinger Klosterberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken, the 2012 Wiltinger Schlangengraben Riesling Kabinett Newton, and the 2012 Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese.

 

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