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January 02, 2013

New Year, New Blog!

Happy New Year!

This blog is not active anymore. Instead, I have now specified in writing about the Pfalz and its wines. So long I am posting in

German: http://pfalzweinproben.wordpress.com 
and in

Swedish: http://pfalzvinprovningar.wordpress.com

Hope to see you there! Thank you and all the best,
Heike

October 11, 2012

New Project Coming Soon

After having spent months with other work outside the winesphere, I am currently busy setting up a new project, bringing me back to the topic. Hopefully soon able to publish more!

Thanks for wishing me luck!

Cheers,
Heike

March 26, 2012

March Vines


People enjoying the Mandelblütenfest out in the vineyard Biengarten.
The village ahead: Gimmeldingen
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Weeks of sickness behind us. Kids and me down with real influensa and all kinds of infections. I missed several wine events already and had absolutely not the slightest desire for even a sip of wine. That is when you know, you ARE sick.

But this past weekend made up for it: It was time for the yearly Mandelbluetenfest in Gimmeldingen. The almond trees in full blossom, wineries opening their doors and vineyards. Thousands of people came from near and far to enjoy the sunshine and the temperatures around 20 C. Spring! Wine! Life! Hurra, wir leben noch!

March 02, 2012

Vino Select

...the easy way to wine. Is their slogan.

I gave us this subsription of 12 bottles of wine per quater as a Christmas gift. I want to see, if I will like the wines good enough to continue with it or if I get bored soon. However, it gives me wines of random selection and origin and since I like surprises, the idea suits me fine.

Actually, it is an idea I wanted to do long time ago: Ship monthly Pfalz wines that I select to interested wine lovers. Perhaps some day...?

But first, let us see, what this box has to offer!

February 27, 2012

2010 Delheim Chenin Blanc, South Africa


When we visited South Africa a few years ago, we had the pleasure to visit (among others) the Delheim estate in Stellenbosch. We really enjoyed the way they did their wine tastings. You were handed a list of wines and you crossed the ones you wanted to taste. Further you could decide between a cheese platter, a cold cuts platter or a platter with both :). Platter was a wooden tray - quite rustique, all of it. Basically, you were left to yourself, more like at a restaurant, not so much of a guided wine tasting. But of course, you could ask questions and were given answers. And what can I say? The more wines we tasted, the better the food became! And vice versa. We had our children with us, who were not drinking any wine, and who at all other places just wanted to get back to the pool. But here, at Delheim, even they enjoyed the atmosphere, for some reason. Good for us - gave us the extra glass to try.


Fun, to see this wine at www.belvini.de for € 6,90. And to receive it in a post package is very convenient too. No schlepping home boxes...


And how was the wine? This medium-bodied, dry Chenin Blanc has 13,5 % abv - and that you feel, both in your nose and on your palate (and in your head, if you keep on drinking, I'd assume). It gives it a bit of a oily touch, which we could have done without. The typical very high acidity of CB is found in this bottle, too. As are flavours of pear, melon, pineapple, citrus and grapefruit, even hints of hazelnut. 

February 26, 2012

February Vines

Spring is in the air, temps are up to 15 C this week, in accordance to forecast. Soon, the almond trees will be all covered in pink of all shades.

But even grey February days have some beauty to offer, as this picture that Lars took, shows. Don't you agree? Clean and 'stilrent' as the Swedes call it....

And for those of you who wonder, this is a part of the Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad.

February 20, 2012

2009 Damana 5, Ribera del Duero, Spain



Time for a Spanish wine post again...
Together with some fun ladies, I recently attended a Spanish wine tasting that was held by Melanie from www.melovin.com. We had so much fun that I actually forgot my notes at the host's house and never got them back. Oh well... However, I did buy a few wines and this one was one of them. 


Damana 5, Tabula Bodegas, € 10,50
92 % Tempranillo, 8 % Cabernet Sauvignon


Cinco meses - referring to the 5 months the wine spent in French and American oak barrels. Dark cherry red color with purple hints. The nose of ripe dark-red berries with spices and hints of vanilla. Very fruity on the palate, again, ripe red and dark berries. Good acidity. The tannins, both from oak and fruit, towards challenging - definitely need food with this wine - and astringent. Medium-bodied. 13,5 % abv.


Ribera del Duero, the DOC with about 20.000 ha, is on high altitude between 700 and 850 meters. Warm days and cold nights, and less problems with deseases provide with good circumstances for wine growing. 


Still, I am more of a Rioja girl...


http://www.bodegastabula.es/
http://melovin-vino.com/