Today is the sixth day of Around the Wine World in Eight Days, so today is Germany!

  1. Turkey – Tuesday
  2. Chile – Wednesday
  3. Argentina – Thursday
  4. France – Friday
    1. And we took off the weekend, sightseeing in France
  5. Spain – Monday
  6. Germany – Tuesday
  7. Australia – Wednesday
  8. New Zealand – Thursday

Top 10 Things about Germany That Intrigue Me

  1.  How elders are treated is fascinating. Here’s the link to the story, in its entirety. No sense trying to reinvent this one.
    1. LISTVERSE: FAKE BUS STOPS; Noticing that seniors tended to stray toward public transportation as a way of returning home, the homes teamed up with local organizations to erect fake bus stops. Escapees are rounded up peacefully; when a staff member sees one of their patients waiting at the stop, they approach and let him know that the bus is going to be late. Then the patient is invited inside to wait more comfortably. Minutes later, the entire incident is forgotten.
  2. The scenery, where the Rhine meets the Moselle, is spectacular and worth sharing. The picture above is where the Rhein and the Mosel meet, in Koblenz.
  3. The 13 major wine regions (Anbaugebiete), as listed on Wikipedia: Ahr, Baden, Franconia, Hessische Bergstraße, Mittelrhein, Mosel, Nahe, Palatinate, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut, Saxony, and Württemberg.
  4. While 11 of the regions are in the west, two of them are in the eastern part of Germany.
  5. I incorrectly thought that Gewürztraminer is a German grape variety, until just now.
    1. Don’t you also be fooled by the German name.
    2. It comes from the ancient Traminer wine grape variety, and takes its name from the village of Tramin. This town is located in South Tyrol, a German speaking province in northern Italy.
  6. Most of the wines coming from Germany are white wines… Due to its terroir. Even though most of us know this, it’s still fascinating.
  7. Wine has been produced in Germany since the Romans introduced it, approximately 2000 years ago.
    1. Those Romans really got around, and have left their aqueducts all over Europe. This is a picture I took of one in Portugal. Roman Aqueducts are also found in Croatia, Spain, France, Rome and Italy (of course), Germany and Portugal (as mentioned), Cyprus, Turkey, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Algeria, Greece, Jordan, and Romania.
  8. The rich tradition of winemaking at Johannisberg Palace goes back 1200 years.
    1. As of 1716, Schloss Johannisberg belonged to the prince abbot of Fulda, who had a grand, three-winged palace built in line with the taste of the times. [From their Website]
  9. For almost 600 years, every fall in the village of Bad Dürkheim, one of the world’s largest wine festivals happens. Over 150 different wines are available to taste. It’s called “Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt.”
  10. Germany’s 13 primary wine regions produce approximately 1-million cases a year of wine.

The Wines from Germany

Nik Weis Selection

Urban Riesling from Nik Weis Selection


Nik Weis, owner and winemaker of Germany’s renowned St. Urbans-Hof Weingut has sourced the best quality wines from neighboring vineyards to produce URBAN RIESLING, a new wine with traditional roots. The Nik Weis Selection label attests to the fact that the wine has met Nik’s rigorous standards and reflects the traditional taste profile of top-quality Mosel Riesling wine.


With a brand new label, this wine packs a powerful nose and flavors, despite its delicate straw color. (I like tasting at room temp, because I get to taste so much more from the flavors. I do realize that most people will chill it and then enjoy. For real enjoyment, I’d also chill this one a bit, too. Floral, fruity, everything you’d want in a Riesling. I’m also not a huge fan of petrol, so this one is a favorite. Asian dishes, here I come. My favorite cuisine is Pan Pacific, and this one would be a natural accompaniment. (Approximately $14.00)

On the finish, there’s a sight hint of petrol, but it even takes a couple of minute to present itself. It’s delicate, low alcohol (9.5 percent). Need something mouth-watering? This is it.

For more details, here’s Nik Weis, owner/winemaker of the world-famous estate of St. Urbans-Hof in Germany’s Mosel region. It’s not often there’s this much to say about a wine that retails for under $15, but the following excerpt attests Nik’s passion and drive. About the only thing he fails to mention is the origin of the “Urban” name – not a nod to hipster chic, but named for St. Urban, the patron saint of German winemakers.

“When I decided to create a non-estate Mosel, I didn’t want to make just a varietal Riesling that could as well have grown anywhere on the planet. In the Mosel we have the possibility to make wines of character like you can find nowhere else. I wanted my Urban Riesling to be a true Mosel wine. I wanted it to be the best ambassador of the Mosel region: honest, authentic, with a true origin. This means that it has a complex, smoky and floral nose, a juicy, fruity, elegant mouthfeel, with a minerality that finishes off-dry and leaves a desire for the next sip.

“In a way, Urban Riesling is the gateway or the window to my world of wine. My name on the bottle, indicating that this wine is a “Nik Weis Selection,” guarantees the same quality level I expect from my estate wines. It is my wine.

“Urban Riesling is a 100% Mosel Riesling from vineyards around the town of Mehring, hometown of my wife Daniela. My father-in-law is a grape-grower and has many friends with great properties in some very fine vineyard sites along the Mosel. Here Riesling vines enjoy ideal conditions on steep slopes creating a perfect angle to the sun’s rays. Soil consists of beautiful blue, highly decomposed slate rocks that give the wines their great minerality, creating an appealing, somewhat salty finish. Temperatures vary from warm during the day to cool at night, facilitating elegance and a fruity acidity that produces a wide range of beautiful flavors.

“Vinification is minimalistic, true to the Mosel and the way my forefathers have worked. We do not de-stem; we conduct a slight maceration of grapes, gentle pressing and gravity-fed sedimentation. The only modern improvement is fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. We do not inoculate any cultured yeast. It is the indigenous yeast fermentation that gives complexity and character to this wine. In order not to lose any flavors, we do a very gentle filtration.”

Alcohol: 9.5%, Residual sugar: 33 g/l, Acidity: 7.2 g/l


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