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Mandy Grossgarten - German Wine Queen

Mandy Grossgarten - German Wine Queen

is crowned: 22 year old Mandy Grossgarten from the Ahr convinced the jury and won the prestigious title. Her first trip will now be to Shanghai, where she will be representing the wines of Germany.

It was 26 years ago since the last wine queen came from the Ahr. The Ahr is one of Germany’s smaller wine regions, and is known for its red wines, predominantly Spätburgunder is cultivated here.

Congratulations and good luck, Mandy! Cheers, Heike

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Sonja Christ, Mosel. The current wine queen.

Sonja Christ, Mosel. The current wine queen.

Since 1949, every year in October the German Wine Queen is crowned. This year’s ceremony takes place on Friday, the 8th of October here in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, where the last wine fest of the year is currently celebrated. Compared to other monarchies, where title and crown come by birth right or marriage, this queen has to work hard and prove herself before she is crowned.

Each one of the 13 German wine districts has their own regional wine queen and after having represented their home wine area for one year, they come to compete against one another for the German title. Last weekend, the first competition took place and resulted in 6 finalists who will be judged upon this Friday. Besides a profound knowledge of German wine, the candidates have to master the tasks with charm and competence to get to represent Germany and its wines during events all over the world for one year.

This year’s finalists are Mandy Großgarten (22) – Ahr, Carolin Spyra (21) –  Nahe, Melanie Unsleber (24) – Franken, Katja Bohnert (20) – Baden, Sina Listmann (23) – Rheinhessen und Katharina Ofken (22) – Mosel.

The picture is from the official web page www.deutscheweinkoenigin.de and shows the current queen, Sonja Christ, Mosel.

Cheers
Heike

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Wine in Moderation

Win in Moderation”Researchers from the Department of Metabolism and Nutrition at the Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN) in Madrid (Spain) have recently published a new study about how moderate wine drinking can boost the immune system and thus have a benificary effect on our health, as opposed to excessive drinking or abstinence. Social and cultural aspects play a significant role and need to be considered within the research to get to global results.”
Romeo J, Waernberg J, Marcos A. Drinking pattern and socio-cultural aspects on immune response: an overview. Proc Nutr Soc. 2010 Aug;69(3):341-6.

This was published by www.wineinformationcouncil.eu, one of the instruments for more research and documentation of scientific facts in connection with wine/alcohol consumption. The council has been established by the programme www.wineinmoderation.eu, an initiative of the European Wine Sector with the aim, to promote moderate wine consumption in order to prevent misuse and excessive consumption of wine and other alcoholic drinks. To make moderate wine drinking fashionable, to get away from binge drinking where still practiced. The initiative builds on partnerships of stakeholders on EU-, national- and local levels for a wide and deep implementation of the programme.

I am a member myself and can only recommend for anyone that is interested in Wine in Moderation to go and read the message and in the best case help to spread it.

Cheers
Heike

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1864 startade Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves en bodega i västra delen av Ribera del Duero, bodegan kallades för Pago de la Vega Santa Cecilia y Carascal men ändrades, tack och lov, till Vega Sicilia. En bodega som kom att bli den absolut viktigaste i Spansk vinhistoria.

Den ägs nu av familjen Alvarez sedan 1982 (samma år Ribera del Duero fick sin DO-status) där Xavier Ausas är vinmakare. Familjen etablerade även bodegan Alion 1992 i Ribera del Duero, Tokaj Oremus i Ungern 1993 och Pinto i Toro 2001.

Men framgångarna, och marken, slutar inte här utan i somras blev det klart att Vega Sicilia gått ihop med den mycket förmögne fransmannen Benjamin de Rothschild och köpt upp land i Rioja Alavesa för att påbörja ett samarbete som ska resultera i ett toppvin framställt av tempranillodruvan. Jag med många andra vinnördar kommer följa utvecklingen med uppspärrade ögon. Håll utkik efter Bodegas Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia.

Erica Björklund Sattler

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Det är först på senare år då vinerna från öns två DO-distrikt, Binissalem och Pla i Llevant, erövrat internationella utmärkelser som man fått upp ögonen för vad producenterna kan prestera. Merparten är familjeägda vingårdar där ekologisk odling är en självklarhet, där man värnar om de inhemska druvsorterna och där kärleken till vinet är genuint äkta vilket speglas i kvalitet och inte i kvantitet.

Mallorcas viner är definitivt på väg att erövra mark så jag ger mig ut på upptäcktsfärd för att se vad jag kan hitta.

Erica
Mallorca

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Invinitum sells a wine from Reinhold Franzen. When I read that, I just could not resist the urge to formulate some thoughts:

In June, the wine world received the shocking news about the sudden death of the well known vintner Ulrich Franzen (Weingut Reinhold Franzen), Bremm. And now, in September, the famous winemaker Heinz Schmitt (Weingut Heinz Schmitt), Leiwen, also lost his life. Both accidents happened out in the wine fields and in both cases the tractor had flipped over. Both gentlemen had outstanding personalities and in their visionary way they contributed enormously to the world of wines.

Now with the harvest coming, my thoughts go out to the families. Totally unprepared, they now need to deal not only with grief and loss, but they will further have to get through this first harvest, the first vinification, the first introduction and marketing of their wines without having the once leading person to turn to to ask for advice, opinion, expertise… Now I am not talking about only the professional aspects, rather than the emotional stress.

Let us all wish them only the very best and that they will make it through this hard times.

And again, I just need to emphasize this: please let us appreciate wines, made by wineries with ‘real persons behind the label’ and not just mass produced wines, filled by endless filling stations with no soul and no heart.

Heike Larsson

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Farbror Parker

Det finns väl ingen vinintresserad som missat den här mannen. Vinets utlovade frälsare. Denne Gud. Detta mirakel. Jo visst. Herren med sin skala från 50-100 poäng där han (enligt mig) bedömer vinets kvalitet med en alldeles för stor portion av eget tycke.

Många kända vindistrikt prissätter sina viner efter ”betyget” på Parker’s skala. Vi pratar välkända slott och vinhus bl.a. i Bordeaux, Rioja och Napa Valley. Eftersom karln har så stort inflytande i vinvärlden anstränger sig många producenter för att göra viner i en stil som passar honom. Fenomenet har blivit så vanligt och kallas för ”parkerisering”.

Robert Parker

Robert Parker


Lite skrämmande att en enda man styr (inte med järnhand utan med nummer) vinindustrins utveckling, stil och kvalitet.

Vad hände med den traditionella metodiken eller den egna åsikten? Och vem bryr sig egentligen om siffror? Uppenbarligen skrämmande många. Jag får nog ta ett snack med den där Parker.

Erica

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