Wednesday, July 16
We went along the Rhine river and the hills of the Rhinegau , a region famous for its Riesling wine, a white grape variety which is believed to have originated from the Rhine region.
Riesling wines are often consumed when young, if you have drunk Riesling, you might have noticed its fruity and aromatic bouquet. Also typical of Riesling is its crisp taste due the high acidity found in the grapes. Riesling is also the preferred grape in production of Sekt, German sparkling wine and ice wine (Eiswein),usually drank as a dessert wine because of its sweet taste (too sweet I think, this is not for me) . It is called ice wine because they leave the grapes to freeze on the vines till they harvest them.
It was a wonderful weekend, enjoying Riesling (which we normally don't). The V and I prefer wines from the south or even from exotic lands.
What is more interesting is that we were able to experience two different kinds of wine tasting.
On Saturday we went to a high scale, sophisticated wine tasting. There was an english speaking guide who gave us a lecture about the vineyard and the wines we were tasting. The dinner was expensive, probably one of the most expensive dinners we have been to. We even have to pay €10 per person for the wine tasting, probably for that english speaking guy! The wine was ok, the food very good but the service was poor! (It took forever for the food to arrive.)
The next day, our friend invited us for another wine tasting, this time to a down to earth, honest to goodness wine tasting. The food was simple, meatloaf with fried potatoes (hackbraten mit bratkartoffeln). Service was normal if not better than the last one, wine was great. You can drink up to your heart's desire just trying on the different wines - and the wine tasting was for free. The price was unbelievably cheap compared to the first one. Well of course there were no candles and white table cloth on the table but the view of the hills was fantastic.
My mobile phone was not able to do justice to the picture but behind the vines , far far away is actually the hills going as wide as you can see all vineyards!
sunset up the hills . .. what a nice way to end the day and to start the week. i almost feel as if i'm on a holiday somewhere...