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Dornfelder, Zellertaler Keller, Villa Golsen, Trocken Rheinhessen, Germany 2010

While Monday posts have been revisiting our travels in Germany, one grape missed mention: Dornfelder.

The Germans take science to vines with exacting passion. August Herold created Dornfelder (named after his institute’s founder) in 1955, in Weinsberg (named after…well… grape city). It is a crossing of many other crossings…deep breath: Helfensteiner (Frühburgunder/Pinot Noir Précoce × Trollinger/Schiava Grossa) and Heroldrebe (Blauer Portugieser × Blaufränkisch/Lemberger).

Clear? Me neither. Maybe opening a bottle might help:

Zellertaler Keller, Villa Golsen, Dornfelder (grape), Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany 2010 (drunk 2012). Bio. €4.99 Continue reading

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Scheurebe Wine from Bruder Dr Becker, Rheinessen, Munich, Germany

With the holidays in full swing, we need to escape from the joy/stress of shopping, family/work parties. So Wayward Wine will up posts EU Austerity Drinking Tour in the following weeks.

Last Monday’s post, Munich’s Residenz palace managed to glow through winter. We slighted some rather nice beer (mainly out of frustration with the monopoly of big producers). So let us give Germanic wine a chance.

Munich lacks water bodies to make wine this deep into the continent. So this white comes of the steep banks of the Rein, in the heart of Germany’s western wine country: the Rheinhessen: Continue reading

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