Loosen and friends

Erni Loosen and the Barry family of Jim Barry Wines

What happens when you swap barrels between wineries in different countries, even different hemispheres? Above, left to right, Erni Loosen and Peter, Sam and Tom Barry in Clare Valley, South Australia.

I’ve often thought that German wine exports would increase substantially if there were more German wine producers like Erni Loosen of Bernkastel. I think German wine could do with more really strong characters prepared to travel widely to spread the word.

Erni, short for Ernst, is a quintessential extrovert who travels all over the world and is much appreciated by wine lovers and wine producers everywhere. He’s curious and...