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    Riesling Night 2 in pictures

    Tim Jackson MW (left) and Richard Hemming MW did the heavy lifting at Riesling Night 2. Michael's and Jancis's tasting notes to follow. See more about…

    12 Mar 2019 Team JR
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    Riesling Night 2 – buy tickets now

    18 February 2019 This event is now sold out. Many thanks for your interest.Our next tasting evening next month offers a chance to enjoy 40 of the…

    8 Feb 2019 Jancis Robinson
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    VDP Grosse Lagen unveiled

    Germany's VDP association of top wine growers recently published this list of superior vineyard sites and they are currently working on creating…

    29 Aug 2017 Team JR
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    Rheinhessen Ortswein 2016s - new challengers

    See also The picture tells the tale - Rheinhessen 2016. For full details of our coverage of the excellent 2016 vintage in Germany, see this guide.It…

    24 May 2017 Michael Schmidt
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    RIP Fritz Hasselbach

    Annegret Reh-Gartner is not the only prominent German vintner we have lost recently. Fritz Hasselbach of the renowned Rheinhessen wine estate…

    10 Oct 2016 Michael Schmidt
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    Shock resignations in the Mosel

    27 August  On Thursday 25 August Dr Carl von Schubert from the the Maximin Grünhaus estate was elected new president of the VDP Mosel. The…

    27 Aug 2016 Michael Schmidt
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    An Alsace answer to the VDP?

    Last month I had the pleasure of a trip to Alsace to take advantage of the third Millésimes Alsace, the big wine tasting held every few years in…

    20 Jul 2016 Jancis Robinson
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    Rheinhessen Kabinett gains ground

    On Tuesday evening the VDP Rheinhessen passed a resolution which now allows the category of Kabinett wines to use the Grosse Lage designation. Until…

    4 May 2016 Michael Schmidt
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    What's new in Germany

    As reported on this site yesterday, on Sunday 24 April the Vereinigung Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP, the association of most of Germany's top…

    27 Apr 2016 Michael Schmidt
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    Grosses Gewächs 2014 - Mosel and Nahe Rieslings

    The annual VDP vintage preview took place in Wiesbaden in late August, showcasing the latest Grosses Gewächs releases: whites from 2014 and reds from…

    11 Sep 2015 Richard Hemming MW
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    The annual GG tasting - no empty seats now

    See also Richard's report on the Rieslings of Mosel and Nahe. Michael will be reporting later this month on many more wines tasted in Wiesbaden.  …

    11 Sep 2015 Michael Schmidt
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    Wild night in Wiesbaden

    30 July 2015 Tam's account of her nocturnal adventures while attending the Weinbörse presentation of the latest vintage in Germany at the end of April…

    30 Jul 2015 Tamlyn Currin
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    VDP tightens up its rules

    Members of the VDP (influential association of some of the finest German wine estates) agreed on a strict set of standards for the classification of…

    29 Jul 2015 Michael Schmidt
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    VDP - minus four, plus three

    Late last month media agent Louis Eschenauer announced that the famous Pfalz wine estate Koehler-Ruprecht of Kallstadt had decided to renounce its…

    12 Nov 2014 Michael Schmidt
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    German 2012 white Pinots and Silvaners - take note!

    There may always be doubters who will argue that the white Pinot grapes and Silvaner are not in the league of Riesling and should therefore not be…

    10 Mar 2014 Michael Schmidt