Author: Paula Maia


From Trier we drove to Bad Kreuznach, passing by Weingut Hexamer in Meddersheim and Weingut Donnhoff in Oberhausen. We couldn’t make it to Schlossgut Diel, which probably would have been an overkill, since I don’t think I can handle this much wine at once. While we were having breakfast at the hotel, we met Joseph. …
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November 5, 2009 0

Mosel: Trier

Trier is known as the oldest city in Germany, founded by the Romans around or before 16 BC. The vineyard-covered university city lies on the east bank of the Mosel and has been producing wine for as long as it exists. Not too far from Porta Nigra- the best preserved Roman city gate- and across…
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October 30, 2009 0

Mosel: Piesport

Piesport is a well known wine town in the Mosel. Home of the oldest Roman grape pressing house, it shows that steep-site viticulture has been a part of Piesport for nearly 2,000 years. We didn’t get to see the press house, but were quite impressed to hear about it. Weingut Reinhold Haart is only a…
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October 26, 2009 0

Mosel: Brauneberg

Mr. and Mrs. Junk spoiled us rotten at Weingut Kranz-Yunk in Brauneberg. First there was a very long talk about their wines, the region, the soil, the climate, the VdP and then a ‘hands on’ tour of their cellar, where Josef taught us the ins and outs of his wine making followed by a barrel…
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October 22, 2009 0

Mosel: Bernkastel-Kues

As we continued our journey south, the wines started to get sweeter and sweeter due to the warmer climate, vineyard position and soil composition. There were Kabinetts with RS of a Spatlese and higher. We love the Mosel Rieslings, but we quickly learned that we prefer them with a much higher acidity and much lower…
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October 18, 2009 0

Mosel: Graach

With the rain it was hard to see what was around, but the shape of the steepy vineyards gave room to the imagination. We were staying in a guesthouse right on the Mosel in Briedel, and arrived just on time to order a Sekt and chill on the porch overlooking the river. I wish I…
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October 12, 2009 0

Mosel: Winningen

Here we are, in our most anticipated wine region.  I had seen many pictures of the Mosel, but it didn’t do any justice. The cliffy, terraced vineyards of the valley on the river banks with its million loops is like a dance of nature. Breathtaking; simply stunning. At Weingut Heymann-Lowenstein, in Winningen, Reinhard Lowenstein was…
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October 8, 2009 0

Oak Wine Bar

Back at work after ten days visiting wineries in Austria and Italy. I’ll be posting details about those visits soon. Now I’m a bit busy resuming Wine Tuesdays, the weekly wine tasting event I do at my place, Oak Wine Bar. Every Tuesday I pick a theme based on a grape variety; a wine region;…
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September 30, 2009 0


Wow, I just finished the Advanced Sommelier course of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, level 3. It was quite a challenge for me, giving the fact that I chose the one week intensive format. Each day we tasted about 18 wines from pretty much every corner of the world. Of course I loved, and…
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September 6, 2009 0


A little sheltered by the Rheingau and the Mosel, the Mittelrhein is just as beautiful. After all it is a Unesco world heritage site and vineyards cover only 500 hectares (1235 acres) of the area so production is tiny. The best vineyards sites are Bacharach, Engeholl, Oberwesel and Steeg. We stayed in Oberwesel, up in…
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August 30, 2009 0