Another beautiful, sunny day. We took a nice walk in the forests over Königsbach, north of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, where we enjoyed beautiful views over the Rhine valley.
After that, we were happy to stumble over a sign 'Hoffest'. Wine Select, a wine-event, -dealer (international and German wines) and -promotion company had opened their doors for a fest. Perfect for us!
Up there on the terraces you can have pick-nick enjoying the views...
Today, you could buy 15 different wines by the glass or do a tasting of several, which is what we chose to do. I picked 4 wines for us:
2007 Scheurebe trocken, Weegmüller, Haardt. Not as spritzig as a Riesling, but very aromatic nose with black current and lychee in this dry wine that does have a little higher rest sugar. Definitely worth trying more of that grape variety!
2008 Riesling Kabinett trocken, Ohler, Gimmeldingen. Mussbacher Eselshaut. A dry, clean and fresh Riesling with nice, ripen citrus fruit. Yum.
2007 Riesling Kabinett trocken, Lucashof, Forst. Deidesheimer Herrgottsacker. A dry, clean and fresh Riesling with peach aromas and some minerality. Nice.
All of those were perfectly matching our salmon-shrimp-skewer that came with a couscous salad and a nice lemon-yoghurt sauce.
2005 Mongrana Maremma, Agricola Querciabella, Tuscany. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot. A food wine, with the typical well pronounced tannin structure. I would certainly have liked it better with some food, but that was gone by the time we got to this wine. Plus we got nicely engaged in conversations so we did not pay the attention the wine certainly had deserved. Sorry. (Next time!)
However, the atmosphere was lovely and we'll certainly be back! There is a nice cellar where you can taste and buy wine, I am curious to see if there will be more happenings taking place. For now, the next Sundays will all be opened until mid of October...
Life is good!