Germany: Wines Made for Generations – Recent and Upcoming Releases from the Mosel, Rhine and Nahe with a Focus on the 2020 and 2021 Vintages

The 2020 wines are dry, but I'm thrilled with the Prädikats too, whereas 2021 was a ripe vintage despite the very high acidity and low alcohol levels....

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USA & Canada: Emerging Regions – Martin's Lane's Wonderful Pinot Noirs and Rieslings

This is simply a brilliant set of Pinot Noirs and Rieslings from Martin's Lane in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada....

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Germany: New Mosel Rieslings, Frankenweine and Many More Wines from the Rhine

This report of miscellaneous German wines focuses on recent releases and includes a wide range of wines, but Riesling, again, plays a dominant role....

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Germany: First Heralds of the 2020 Vintage (Mainly Riesling) and 2019 (Pinot Noir)

In 2020, the great dry wines are particularly convincing, above all the Rieslings. And 2019 is another excellent vintage for Pinot Noir....

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Germany, Mosel: Christoffel-Berres Retrospective – 25 to 30 Years Is a Perfect Age for a Mosel Riesling

I have often postulated that fine Riesling should be aged for at least seven to 10 years. However, hardly anyone likes to wait that long....

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Germany: An Allerlei of (Almost) Everything but Pinot Noir

This report includes a 100-pointer from the 2019 vintage, but there are also lots of other exciting wines, mainly Rieslings, from old and new names....

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Germany: All Along the Rhine, Main and Neckar Rivers – The 2017s and 2018s (Part 2)

As COVID-19 ended my travels prematurely, this report includes releases from Rheinhessen, Pfalz, Franken and Württemberg that I tasted from November to mid-March....

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Austria: All Along the Danube River – The 2018s From the North of Vienna to the Wachau

Practically all of the better single-vineyard wines from the Austrian Danube region have been on the market since fall 2019, including in the US, where unlike Germany and France, Austria...

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Austria, Wachau: The Old Wachau?

During the biannual VieVinum, the great international wine fair in Vienna's Hofburg, the Vinea Wachau gives a great annotated tasting for dozens if not a hundred professionals in the Metternich...

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Germany, Mosel: Markus Molitor’s Outstanding 2016 Rieslings, 2014 Pinot Noirs & Much More

Entering the huge tasting room of Haus Klosterberg in Bernkastel-Wehlen, with the enormously long (and chic) tasting table, is always a challenge. Markus Molitor lines up more than 70 wines...

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