Dinner at 67 with uncle Erni

Gareth Birchley of Berry Bros & Rudd (and Come Dine With Me fame) convened a small dinner. Birchley, who was described by Telegraph wine columnist Victoria Moore as ‘a boisterous youngster with an estuary accent and a fondness for following up Michelin-starred dinners with Dom Perignon in hot tubs,’ is good buddies with Ernst Loosen, [...]

Wines of the year (8) German stars

Carrying on with the wines of the year theme, this time it’s the turn of Germany. I know it may seem like I’m stringing this one out a but, but I tried a lot of brilliant wines in 2016 and I want to share them all. I visited Germany three times in 2016, and I [...]

Jamie and Treve's Sekt Tape, the start of a new collaboration

Published today, a focus on Sekt, Germany’s sparkling wine. Including Jamie and Treve’s Sekt Tape.

This in-depth focus on Sekt is a collaborative effort. Canadian wine journalist Treve Ring and I have crossed paths around the globe with a joint goal to visit wine regions and tell their stories in a fresh way, making full use [...]

Video: the 2016 VDP Grosses Gewächs tasting in Wiesbaden

On Wednesday I was in Wiesbaden, Germany, for a very special tasting. It was the 2016 Grosses Gewächs tasting, featuring new releases from some of Germany’s top wine estates, all of whom are members of the VDP.

Some explanation is in order. VDP stands for Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (which translates as the Association of German Prädikat [...]

Von Buhl: an estate reborn, with incredible Rieslings from the Pfalz

Mathieu Kauffmann with his dopplestücks

Today I visited Riechsrat von Buhl. This was once on the the great wine estates not just of Germany, but in the world. Over the years, bits of the estate had been sold, and it ended up at its current size of just over 50 hectares of vineyard. However, its [...]

Falling in love with German wine

So I have been in Germany for six days now (including the arrival day, and today which has just started, which makes four days of visiting and tasting). This has been a good trip and I have learned quite a bit. This trip has also focused on three regions which I didn’t know all that [...]

A tasting of organic wines from the Rheinhessen, Germany

The Rheinhessen is Germany’s largest wine region. With more than 26 000 hectares under vine, it’s responsible for more than a quarter of the country’s vineyard area, although the Pfalz actually makes more wine.

It’s bordered by the Rhine to the north and west as it loops through 90 degrees. To the east there’s the Nahe [...]

In Germany, pursuing organic wine, day 1

I’m in Germany. On a press trip focusing on organic German wines. As of 2013, the most recent figures I have, Germany has 7800 hectares of certified organically farmed vineyards, which represents 7.6% of its total vineyard area (figures from Helga Willer’s 2015 report titled Organic Viticulture Worldwide). And the trend has pretty closely tracked [...]

Wines with Winerackd: Meinklang Konkret and Thörle Hölle

Popped over to spend a very pleasant evening with Daniel Primack, who among other things established Zalto in the UK, to the eternal debt of serious wine lovers across the nation. We had a few lovely wines, including this pair. The Meinklang is a beautiful wine: not perfect, but with immense charm and an astonishing [...]

On the road in Germany, part 2: Ahr, Rheingau, Nahe and Rheinhessen

It was raining when we woke in the Mosel, and the rain continued most of the way on our journey to the Ahr Valley. It had mostly cleared by the time we reached this beautiful, but tiny wine region – Germany’s most northerly, and, surprisingly perhaps, one devoted to Pinot Noir. The day before the [...]