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April 28, 2011

MyPfalz: Weingut Weegmüller

MyPfalz (6): Winery of April
Weingut Weegmüller,

Gabriele (l) and Stefanie (r)
The womanly art of making wine. Or: Girls Rule! Certainly at this winery. Stefanie Weegmüller-Scherr, very down-to-earth and all big smiles, is the gifted winemaker of the estate. For 25 years now, she has been among the first women to set foot in the male-dominated winemaking industry. Her sister Gabriele is completing her by taking care of all marketing matters. She is the hospitality manager and I can witness, she does this well! We came there at a rather busy day, when they had opened up for their yearly spring event. Lots of customers were there, trying wines, but Gabriele was there for us - taking a lot of time talking to us and explaining the wines. Thank you, Gabriele.
Wine list at Weegmüller's Wein Frühling (spring)
And the wines! I tried 12 of them that day. Summary: ALL very clean in style, crisp, clear, fresh, yum. Silvaner, Scheurebe, Grüner Veltliner (the first vintage), Rieslaner and Gewürztraminer and - of course and above of all: Riesling.

My personal favorites:

URGESTEIN 2007, Riesling Dry 9.50 €
with a developed nose, mineral and petrol aromas, and long finish, high acidity
I was very happy to find a Pfalz Riesling with 0.5 g residual sugar, but still just 12% abv. and yet not tasting flat, empty, thin or anything - but all the opposite. Great!
My question to Stefanie, why Urgestein (Ur=primeval, gestein=stone), was answered with: 'I just didn't do anything with this wine, but to let it run it's course'. There you go Stefanie!

Herrenletten 2008, Riesling Dry 11.50 €
very balanced with ripe yellow fruit, pineapple, flintstone, good and long finish, medium-bodied with nice acidity
A must-have!

Council members of Zürich, the Weegmüllers emigrated to Pfalz in 1657...

More crowded today, but still as beautifully located...
300 years of wine making history, 11 generations and with ancestors looking over their shoulders, the Weegmüller sisters are clearly deeply rooted, just as the good old vine... And those vines at Weegmüller's, by the way, are taken care of by Stefanie's husband Richard Scherr.

The dominating grape variety is Riesling. 15 ha of best vineyards around Haardt (90%) - i.e. Haardter Herrenletten, Gimmeldingen and Mussbach belong to the estate.

Go to the website to learn more about Weegmüller, if you got inspired...

April 22, 2011

Amethystos 2007

One of Sweden's leading newspapers is calling readers to boycott Greece as a vacation destination. There is trouble in EU regarding Greece. And so on. 

However, I decided to try a 'better Greek wine' (whatever the exact definition here might be), last night. At our local Greek restaurant I asked for something 'more' than just the usual wine by the glass. Before, I had consulted with a Twitter-friend, @elloinos, an expert of Greek wines, what he would recommend. Whether it was my Greek that was too bad or the very pleasant restaurant people who did not understand Greek good enough, I do not know. Wild gesticulations ended in me just accepting whatever they would propose. And this is how I we got to taste a bottle of this wine:

Regional Dry Red Wine of Drama 2007
Costa Lazaridi
Cabernet Sauvignon, Limnio, Merlot
14.5 % abv
Price Germany internet: ca 14 €. We paid 30 € at the restaurant.

Very intense, dark purple red color. A nose full of very ripe dark berries and secondary tones. Dry, full-bodied, with loads of ripe dark fruit and berries, green capsicum, vanilla and more. Strikingly velvety tannins. Those were actually taking my attention, the image of velvet just popped up in my mind, before I could formulate it. A good acidity and a long lasting finish. The high alcohol content is acceptable to me (who usually is very sensitive to too much of it), because of the wine's complexity. 
I will remember this for a long time because of its velvety.

Read Markus' 10 years tasting notes of this wine here ... 

Watch even Markus and Gary V. talking Greek wines here..

Drama is situated in Macedonia, where there is evidence of wine making dating back 5000 years.

Limnio is a autochtone grape variety and one of the oldest of about 300 original varieties found in the area of Makedonia/Thraki.

Greek wine legislation foresees two (2) broad Greek wine categories: (source:

• «Designation of Origin Wines” (VQPRD or Vin de Qualité Produit Dans Une Région Déterminée), a category which includes all OPAP and OPE wines, i.e., those bearing an “Designation of Origin of Superior Quality” and a “Controlled Designation of Origin”, respectively (PDO wines of Greece).

 • «Table Wines,” a category which includes all “Regional (Local) Wines” –PGI wines of Greece; wines of “Traditional Designation”; and ordinary Table Wines.