A Sparkling Sangiovese

The one you always remember Sometimes, as a Sommelier, you get to taste a wine that stays in your memory. This happened to me in Düsseldorf. But I almost completely missed this experience. To early ProWein, like all wine fairs, is more or less organised chaos. As a visitor, I, at least, want to visit as many exhibitors as possible. …

Mexico, more than Tequila

When talking about alcoholic drinks and Mexico, the first thing that pops to mind is probably Tequila. Therefore, imagine my surprise when at ProWein, I come across wine from Mexico! Of course, I get curious and want to know more. To be honest, my expectations were not exactly sky-high. Rather, my attitude was one of mild tolerance and I prepared …

A chilling frost created a wonderful wine

It all started on a bus Like so much else, it was all a coincidence. Or was it perhaps fate?The first day of ProWein is always filled with anticipation, excitement, and a certain amount of chaos.After a good breakfast, the idea was to take a bus to the exhibition centre on the outskirts of the city. I know where I’m …

Martin Conrad, from tradition, into the future

The right man in the right place There are some people who are absolutely at the right place in life. Martin Conrad is just such a person. His love, pride and knowledge of wine in general and the Mosel in particular is undeniable. The vineyard has been there since 1558 and Martin himself is the 14th generation. He runs the …

A hidden gem in Mount Lehman

Family owned treasure Got the privilege to visit Seaside Pearl Farmgate Winery. A small family-owned winery just over an hour’s drive from Vancouver. I came to a winery characterised by enthusiasm and a willingness to experiment. But above all, filled with respect for the craft and the grapes. Few of the wines produced are blended; instead, each grape is allowed to shine …

Thanisch, comitted Mosel winemakers since 1648

The Moselle Valley is full of vineyards, each with its own unique history. Thanisch’s history officially begins in 1648, although the family and the vineyard have been around longer than that. Not only Riesling Petra Thanisch welcomes me and presents the wines. With a skilful and experienced hand, she guides me through the different varieties. Everything from a fresh, clear …

8th generations of excellent winemakers

The heart of Riesling I am currently in the Mosel Valley, the heart of Riesling. Even though the Riesling grape is found almost everywhere in the world, there is still something special about Riesling from the Mosel. The unique soil and the steep slopes give a very special character and flavour to the wines that cannot be recreated anywhere else. …

How to properly evaluate a wine

It’s all about quality I jokingly say that I have two jobs, as a pastor and as a sommelier.A few months ago I was in Berlin for my second job, as a sommelier. It was time for Berlin Wein Trophy, Germany’s most influential wine competition and the world’s largest international wine challenge under the patronage of the OIV and the …

Commandaria, the wine that made it into Guiniess book of World records

The wine with many names It has been called the wine of kings and the king of wine. But also the wine of the apostles, the wine that started a war, or the woman opener(!). We are of course talking about Commandaria, the oldest wine still in production. Mentioned in the Guinness book of records and since 2021 included in the …

Wine and Prejudice

Prejudice Can a winery that does not grow its own grapes really be called a winery? And can they make good things or is the only thing being produced crowd-pleasingly dime on a dozen wines? I must admit that I was initially a little hesitant and probably mentally had my “nose in the air” when I went to Lynfred Winery just outside …