Friday, December 9, 2016

The Best German Red Wines - Deutscher Rotweinpreis 2016 (German Red Wine Awards 2016)

Picture: Tasting at Weingut H.J. Kreuzberg in Dernau, Ahr, with Owners/ Winemakers Ludwig Kreuzberg and Frank Josten

The annual German Red Wine Competition (Deutscher Rotweinpreis), organized by the international wine magazine Vinum, exists since 1987. At that time, German red wine accounted for only about 15 percent of German wine production. Today, we are well over 35 percent. And not only the vineyard area planted with red grapes has expanded dramatically, but also the quality has improved considerably. Today, German red wine can compete with any red wine in the world, I believe. As a result, German red wines are increasingly appearing in the international wine market. Of course, given its location, they tend to be not like the fruity red wines we know from warmer countries, but lean and more elegant, with a lot of finesse.

This year, over 1300 wines were submitted for the competition. The wines were grouped into 8 categories.

26 German red wine producers were asked to enter the stage at the award ceremony of the 30th German Red Wine Award, which took place in the Fellbach “Alte Kelter” a few weeks ago. With 9 producers, the Pfalz was the most successful region, followed by Württemberg with 7 producers, Baden with 4 producers, Rheinhessen and the Ahr region with 3 producers each.

Picture: At the Ceremony in the Fellbach "Alte Keller" (Photo: Facebook)

PINOT NOIR

Two Winners

2013 Pinot Noir Réserve Pfalz – Weingut Bernhard Koch, Hainfeld
2014 Meersburg Mocken „3 Lilien“ Baden – Weingut Aufricht, Meersburg-Stetten




Pictures: Tasting Room, Christian G.E.Schiller with Manfred Aufricht and View of the Aufricht Estate and Vineyard with Lake Constance. See: The Lake Wines of the Aufricht Brothers, from Lake Constance in Germany

3. Place

2012 Oppenheimer Herrenberg Réserve Rheinhessen – Weingut Manz, Weinolsheim
2013 Laumersheimer Kirschgarten Pfalz – Weingut Zelt, Laumersheim
2013 Burggarten „R“ Ahr – Weingut Burggarten, Heppingen

CUVÈES

Winner

2011 AnnA Baden – Weingut Seeger, Leimen

2. Place

2014 „Chapelle“ Baden – Weingut Martin Wassmer, Bad Krozingen-Schlatt

3. Place

2009 „Zeitreise“ Pfalz – Weingut Darting, Bad Dürkheim

INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC​S

Winner

2014 Syrah Heiligenberg Pfalz – Weingut Stachel, Maikammer

2. Place

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Kalkgestein Pfalz – Weingut Siegrist, Leinsweiler

3. Place

2011 Merlot Réserve Rheinhessen – Weingut Braunewell, Essenheim

LEMBERGER

Winner

2013 ***Württemberg – Weinmanufaktur Untertürkheim

2. Place

2011 „X“ Württemberg – Weingut G.A. Heinrich, Heilbronn

3.Place

2012 Fellbacher Lämmler „P“ Großes Gewächs Württemberg – Fellbacher Weingärtner

GERMAN CLASSIC​S

Winner

2012 Frühburgunder Marienthaler Rosenberg Ahr – Weingut Peter Kriechel, Ahrweiler

2. Place

2013 St. Laurent Réserve Pfalz – Weingut Philipp Kuhn, Laumersheim

3. Place

2014 Frühburgunder Hardtberg Großes Gewächs Ahr – Weingut Kreuzberg, Dernau

Pictures: We visited Weingut H.J. Kreuzberg during the Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016. See: Tasting at Weingut H.J. Kreuzberg in Dernau, Ahr, with Ludwig Kreuzberg and Frank Josten – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016

UNDERSTATED VARIETIES

Two Winners

2012 Portugieser Rheinhessen – Weingut Mett & Weidenbach, Ingelheim
2014 Pinot Meunier Pfalz – Weingut Metzger, Grünstadt-Asselheim

3. Place

2011 Wildmuskat Auslese Württemberg – Weingut Amalienhof, Heilbronn

NOBLE SWEET

Winner

2015 St. Laurent/Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc de Noir Beerenauslese Pfalz – Weingut Frey, Essingen

2. Place

2015 Pinot Noir Blanc de Noir Beerenauslese Britzinger Sonnenhole Baden – Winzergenossenschaft Britzingen

3. Platz

2015 Wein aus getrockneten Trauben (Lemberger) Württemberg – Weingärtner Cleebronn-Güglingen

NEW VARIETIES

Winner

2012 Zweigelt „Passion“ Württemberg – Weingut Karl Haidle, Kernen-Stetten

2. Place

2013 Dornfelder Divinus Württemberg – Weinkonvent Dürrenzimmern

3. Place

1991 Dornfelder „Philipp Bassler“ Pfalz – Winzergenossenschaft Weinbiet, Neustadt-Mussbach

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wine-pairing Dinner at Scharffs Schlossweinstube (1 Star Michelin) and Weingut Kassner-Simon, with Chef Martin Scharff and Owner/ Winemaker Thomas Simon, Heidelberg, Germany

Pictures: Annette and Christian Schiller with Chef Martin Scharff, Scharffs Schlossweinstube, and Thomas Simon, Weingut Kassner-Simon

This year, Collegium Vini, an association of winelovers in the Frankfurt am Main region, had the final event of 2016, the Holiday Dinner, at Scharffs Schlossweinstube in Heidelberg. Chef Thomas Scharff prepared a wonderful 4-course menu. Winemaker/ owner Thomas Simon of Weingut Kassner-Simon in Freinsheim in the Pfalz region poured and introduced us to his excellent wines. The dinner was preceeded by a tour of the Heidelberger Schloss.

Scharffs Schlossweinstube

Scharffs Schlossweinstube is a 1 Star Michelin Restaurant located right in the middle of the Heidelberg castle. You dine and wine at 1 star Michelin level in the famous Heidelberger Schloss.

Pictures: Restaurant Schlossweinstube

Michelin Guide: This restaurant is situated in the midst of the world famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle. It boasts various historic dining rooms and a lovely terrace with a view of the castle courtyard. In the kitchen Martin Scharff works alongside a talented chef who combines a modern culinary style with sophisticated presentation.

Martin Scharff

Martin Scharff was awarded a Michelin star at age 27, when he was the Chef at Restaurant Hotel Eisenkrug in Dinkelsbühl (between 1991 and 2001). Since then he has been awarded a Michelin star for 25 consecutive years. When Chef Martin Scharff received the Michelin star for the first time, he was the youngest chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant in Germany.

Pictures: Chef Martin Scharff and Christian Schiller

In 2012, Martin Scharff took over the various restaurants of the Heidelberger Schloss, including the Schlossweinstube.

Pictures: Chef Martin Scharff and Klaus Schubäus, Collegium Vini

Martin Scharff is also known for providing the catering for the Berlinale and the Bambi Awards. In the earlier years of his career, he also worked with Jörg Müller in Westerland and Harald Wohlfahrt in Baiersbronn.

Pictures: Chef Martin Scharff with Annette and Christian Schiller

Weingut Kassner-Simon

Weingut Kassner-Simon is a 1 grape Gault Millau Weingut in the Pfalz. The vineyard area totals 16,5 hectares. Weingut Kassner-Simon came into being in 1949, when Mathilde Kassner married Willi Simon. Today it is run by Thomas Simon. Weingut Kassner-Simon has 1 grape in the Gault Millau Guide.

Pictures: Thomas Simon, Weingut Kassner-Simon, with Annette and Christian Schiller

Sommelier Onel-Onelio Mordes y Fernandez (who was borne in Cuba) selected the producer: We like to show hidden gems, wineries that are not yet in the limelight but produce top level wines. That‘s why we chose Weingut Kassner-Simon for this event.

Tour of the Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle is one of Germany‘s most famous castles. In fact, it is a ruin, because the castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. The earliest castle structure was built before 1214 and later expanded into two castles circa 1294; however, in 1537, a lightning-bolt destroyed the upper castle. The present structures had been expanded by 1650, before damage by later wars and fires. In 1764, another lightning-bolt caused a fire which destroyed some rebuilt sections.

Pictures: Pre-dinner Tour of the Heidelberg Castle

Dinner at Schlossweinstube


2009 Weingut Kassner-Simon Riesling Sekt brut


Amuse Bouche


Amuse bouche


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2015 Weingut Kassner-Simon Spätlese „Gross“ Goldkapsel Freinsheimer Oschelskopf
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Waller auf Acquerello Risotto mit Kalbskopf und eingelegtem Kürbis

2014 Weingut Kassner-Simon Weisser Burgunder Spätlese Trocken Freinsheim im Tal
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Hirschkalbsrücken unter Macadamia-Pimpernellenkruste mit Pastinake und Rosenkohllaub

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Birnen-Karamellschnitte mit Birnenchutney, Muskateis und Brioche

2015 Weingut Kassner-Simon Rieslaner Auslese Goldkapsel Freinsheimer Oschelskopf
2012 Weingut Kassner-Simon Rieslaner Beerenauslese Freinsheimer Oschelskopf


Coffee


Bye-bye

Picture: Gerda Machau, Collegium Vini, and Sommelier Onel-Onelio Mordes y Fernandez, Scharffs Schlossweinstube

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