Pre-Rieslingfeier Tasting in NYC

Rieslingfeier is upon us! The annual celebration of what some consider to be the world's greatest white wine is happening this Saturday, January 27th. We are getting the party started early with a selection of wines from the event's organizer, Vom Boden, an importer with strong German roots. We're very excited to have the incredibly knowledgeable Bryn pouring a selection of Riesling this Thursday, 1/25. We'll have a diverse group of bottles, ranging from a bone dry Riesling Sekt to an off-dry Feinherb style. We're featuring a few of our favorite producers, and we may even have a special bottle or two you'll only taste if you drop by to the shop in NYC from 5-7pm. Weiser-Kunstler, Riesling ... Read More »

A Guide to German Wine

In 2015, Germany had a good year. After a long, hot summer, the vineyards were dry and ready for the late rain that carried the ripening grapes to harvest. The result was something like a dream for winemakers in each and every growing region. Tasting notes and vintage reports have been glowing -- the likes of Jancis Robinson, Dr. Loosen, Mosel Fine Wines, Theirry Theise and many others gushing over what is certain to be a vintage of note, if not one of the most lauded in decades. As the wines come stateside, we're no less stunned by some really incredible bottles. In turn -- curiosity stoked -- we've begun to look closely at the unique and nuanced wine regions of Germany. We've compiled some ... Read More »

2Naturkinder: Wunder Nature Kids from Franconia

"The majority of wine drinkers aren't aware of all the additives used to give wine the right taste, color and mouthfeel. Natural wines can look & taste unusual & crazy but it makes the wine a lot more authentic and individual. Our mission is to produce and bring natural wine from the vineyards of Franconia to the glasses of people appreciating pure wine." - Melanie Drese & Michael Voelker The natural wine movement began in Beaujolais with the work of Jules Chauvet. From there, it spread to a few other corners of France, like the Loire, the Rhône, and the Languedoc. It then took a trip to Italy, especially Sicily. Bits of it are now showing up in California, Australia, and ... Read More »

2015 German Riesling: A Vintage for the History Books

I’ve had the great pleasure of sourcing and selling German wine for over ten vintage releases – and not one has been as exciting as the release of 2015s! For the German wine crowd, summer can feel like a Riesling version of the holiday season – lots of happy demand for the just-landed summer quaffers, salivating pre-arrivals, eagerly-anticipated GG releases and the looming annual auctions. But the 2015s have taken all that to the next level! And rightly so since the wines themselves are also next level. 2015 was a vintage with an ideal configuration of elements that resulted in many near-perfect wines. Growers are claiming similarities along the lines of 2001 and (from those that can remember) ... Read More »

Peter Lauer: 2015 Barrel X and Senior

We're always excited for the arrival of Peter Lauer’s “Barrel X” and “Senior” as they're one of our first (and favorite!) tastes of the new vintage from Germany. But we're even more excited than usual for the lauded 2015s to arrive, though admittedly a little sad, too, knowing they'll disappear as quickly as they came. [caption id="attachment_10659" align="alignright" width="420"] Ayler Kupp[/caption] Florian Lauer, the fifth-generation winemaker of Weingut Peter Lauer is one of the finest vignerons in Germany. Thoughtfully farming a number of sites in the Saar Valley, largely in the esteemed Ayler Kupp, Florian’s wines are known for having both depth and precision and for revealing ... Read More »