German 2020 releases – Ahr, Baden, Sachsen, Württemberg

Michael Schmidt tasting at home in the Ahr Valley, 2020

No Weinbörse in Mainz this year? No problem, says Michael, bedazzled by the 2019 vintage. This is the first of a series of tasting reports from Michael's own home in the Ahr Valley.

Every year at the end of April the VDP holds a presentation in Mainz of the most recent vintage. As many as 200 growers show their wares, which means there are about 2,000 wines available for tasting. Obviously nobody can get through that number of wines, even over the course of two days. In the past I have therefore always made a selection of wines which I...