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  • Article Free for all

    Germany dries out - best co-ops

    Michael Schmidt, a resident of the Ahr region and responsible for this picture of Ahr vineyards in autumn, reports on the results of a telling recent…

    2 Aug 2010 Michael Schmidt
  • Article Inside information

    Bad news from Germany

    On the night of Wednesday 9 Jun thunderstorms, hail and torrential rains caused an estimated 20-30 million euros' worth of damage to vineyards and…

    21 Jun 2010 Michael Schmidt
  • Article Tasting articles

    German Rieslings 2009 - massive report

    [See here for another 170 tasting notes by Jancis and Julia on the German 2009 vintage.]Michael Schmidt presents the first of several reports…

    19 May 2010 Michael Schmidt
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    Meurthe and Moselle tasting notes

    My tasting notes below on wines currently produced in the once-important region described in The Forgotten Moselle are grouped by region, first…

    12 Apr 2010 Michael Schmidt
  • Article Inside information

    The forgotten Mosel(le)

    We have all heard about mysterious disappearances in the infamous Bermuda triangle, but much less is known about an even greater vanishing act in what…

    12 Apr 2010 Michael Schmidt
  • Article Don't quote me

    Germany's battle of the wine guides

    Earlier this year, news rocked the usually placid German wine scene that 15 or so of the country’s top producers had threatened not to submit any of…

    7 Dec 2009 Michael Schmidt
  • Article Inside information

    Germany 2009 - predictions of greatness

    Michael Schmidt, who last month gave us an excellent and detailed account of the 2008 and 2007 Grosse Gewächse German wines, sends this round-up of…

    18 Nov 2009 Michael Schmidt
  • Article Tasting articles

    Grosse Gewächse - 2008 whites and 2007 reds

    Grosse Gewächse may be translated as 'great growths' or 'grand crus'. They are part of a complicated classification system devised by the association…

    15 Oct 2009 Michael Schmidt
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    A decade of top German dry Rieslings

    On the eve of the Grosse Gewächse 2008 sneak preview in Wiesbaden (on which I will be reporting in full next week), three of Germany’s top producers…

    8 Oct 2009 Michael Schmidt
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    Germany's 2008s - Part 2

    See this complete guide to our hundreds of tasting notes.  On Wednesday I published tasting notes on more than 320 German 2008s, promising to…

    12 Jun 2009 Jancis Robinson Michael Schmidt
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    Germany's recovered Pinot

    On a cold but sunny weekend in March, I found myself in the tranquil seclusion of the historic chambers of Kloster Marienthal in the Ahr Valley…

    13 Apr 2009 Michael Schmidt
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    Hot and dangerous

    No, you have not accidentally logged on to the wrong kind of website! In early December 2008 a few privileged journalists were treated not…

    1 Jan 2009 Michael Schmidt
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    Sundial wines of the Mosel

    The Wehlener Sonnenuhr is one of the Mosel’s most famous vineyards and its spoils are shared by a number of outstanding producers. What unites many…

    17 Nov 2008 Michael Schmidt
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    Grosse Gewächse 2007

    German wine specialist Michael Schmidt very kindly offered to share with us his tasting notes taken at the official launch of the top German wines of…

    8 Sep 2008 Michael Schmidt