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.

Matt wanted to drink some Champagne with us this week, and we were really impressed with what his selections. We hope you get a chance to try one or two of these in the future, because they were all showing well. We taste the Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs, the Eric Rodez Blanc de Blancs, and the 2006 Marc Chauvet Special Club. What sparkling wine did you drink for New Year’s Eve?

While in Italy, Matt sought out some unusual regional wines that don’t make it into the United States. Have you ever heard of any of these? We taste the sparkling Chardonnay from La Vis and the Biancatico 1.0 from La Carcaia.

We’ve heard a lot of hype about the Analemma Blanc de Noir sparkling wine, so we decided to give it a real blind test. We put it on the table with three hand picked Champagnes from Matt’s collection. We get full on blindfolds, and Joy is kind enough to help us with the pours. In the line-up, we added the Vouette & Sorbee Fidele, the Laherte Freres Les Beaudiers Rose de Saignee, and the Eric Rodez Blanc de Noirs. We had a lot of fun with this one, and hope you enjoy it too! What is your favorite non-traditional Champagne?

 

Shoutouts from the show:

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Dewdrop Wines

We pulled together three bottles that we were very excited about for this week’s show. All three come from producers we’re fond of, and are bottles we either were excited to try, or excited to share with you. We’ve got the 2013 Kramer Brut Zero Dosage, the 2014 Analemma Pinot Noir Rose, and the 2014 Walter Scott Seven Springs Pinot Noir.

Our friend Catherine with Balzac Marketing sent us a few more samples from Franciacorta. We had tasted three others back in episode 189, and were interested in trying a few more to see what they were like. Franciacorta is a cool region in Northern Italy that has been a DOCG since 1995. All of the wines with this name are made with method traditionelle, and can be made of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc. On this show, we taste the Antica Fratta Franciacorta Essence Brut 2007, the Cavalleri Franciacorta Blanc de Blancs, and the Lantieri Francia Corta Brut. What do you think of the new website?

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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Franciacorta is a region in Italy that makes high quality sparkling wine in the same style of Champagne. We were introduced to the region last year, and our friends from Balzac Communications gave us a few samples to check out. Our friend David Speer runs Ambonnay, Portland’s sparkling wine only wine bar, and agreed to join us. We taste the 2007 Contadi Castaldi Saten, the Ricci Curbastro Brut, and the il Mosnel Brut.

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Why aren’t you drinking more Riesling?

Dan took a tasting trip to Yakima recently, and brought back 3 bottles to taste on the show. Yakima produces a wide range of wines as well as a few small AVA’s. We have a good range of styles here with the 2012 Bonair Riesling, the Treveri Extra-Brut, and the 2009 Gilbert Cellars Allobroges.

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What is the weirdest wine cocktail you’ve ever tasted?

Dan picked out a couple of bottles of Pinot Noir based rose wine for this week’s show. Both had been good in the past, and both showed brilliantly when tasted this time. Both come from unique vineyards and represent some really original wine growing and wine making. Wines like this are a big reason that Oregon is such an exciting place to explore. They also show that Pinot Noir can deliver great things in unconventional wines as well as traditional ones. We taste the 2011 Teutonic Wine Company Brut Rose from the Wahlstrom Vineyard, and the 2011 Analemma Columbia Gorge Rose.

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