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Our first meeting in 2012 took place in the beginning of february and this time we chose the Restaurant Rossetya in Bukarest. A very good choice and in everyone’s name I want to thank the entire staff for a perfect service and a successful evening. I would particular like to thank our sommelier, who prepared and served us all the wines in a very professional way. Also the outstanding glass supply has to be mentioned. Unfortunately in Romania that’s still no implicitness and therefore we are always very grateful for this kind of granted service. After dinner with some Romanian .....

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A good bottle of wine is always better when it’s shared with good friends. So we gathered together to celebrate the new years eve, to enjoy a “black & white”dinner and to kill a few bottles of interesting wines. Here now an extract with what we shortened the time to the turn of the year :
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2006 Meursault “Le Limozin” Michel Bouzereau & FilsFranceBurgundyChardonnay 0,75 l natural cork 13.00 vol.% dry white III .....

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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No.9

February 8, 2012

At the 10th December the 9th and last edition for 2011 of Cellartales International WineRoundTable took place at the Lebanese Restaurant “Hanul lui Manuc” in the old center of Bukarest. A splendid place with warm and welcoming people. Chef Mohammed and the crew spoiled us once more with excellent, indigenous food, perfect service and also a closer look into the kitchen. Thanks a lot for that folks ! Who thought that spicy, oriental food is a difficult counterpart for wine was disabused today. First we intended to have a special dish for every wine but the Chef told .....

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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No.8

December 12, 2011

At the 1th of November we met at the well-known Restaurant Mandragora in Bucharest, to enjoy some older BDX’s together with some other wines. But the special thing concerning this evening hasn’t been just the wine, because finally we found inPaul Peter Kopij a Chef who showed himself ready to prepare us also a special dinner which accompanied and complemented this tasting in a perfect way. So I sent Paul a couple of days in front of the tasting the wine list for him to think about a matching food part. And this “crazy guy” did think and what came .....

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CellarTales International Wineroundtable Edition No.7 Part III

November 30, 2011

… and ended with a small world tour of Pinot Noir :
Year: Wine: Producer: Country: Region: Variety(-ies): Size: Closure: Alcohol: Taste: Colour: Group:
2008Swan Bay Pinot NoirScotchmans HillAustraliaVictoriaPinot Noir 0,75 l screw cap 14.00 vol.% dryred III

Officially Australia has the reputation of producing mainly heavy, very concentrated red wines. Shiraz first of all. Detractors may even talk about the famous “marmalade wines”. Beside the fact that I don’t appreciate such general prejudices it’s more than clear that the range of Australian wines is much wider. Ever tried .....

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Good old times ? – 5 white classics

May 4, 2011

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1990 “Le MD” Henri Bourgeois France Sancerre (Loire) Sauvignon Blanc 0,75 l cork 12.50 vol.% dry white III

The grapes for this wine have been harvested from the “Côte des Monts Damnés“ – cursed mountains or simply “MD”. A very steep hillside with a special soil (shell limestone/clay) offers excellent conditions for classic, mineral Sauvignon Blancs. And who still thinks that SB cannot age and should be consumed in its .....

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Mosel Riesling – pure elegance for the warmer time of the year !

March 21, 2011

Spring approaches, at least according to the calendar. So let’s put the heavy, warming wines a little bit aside and let’s start to pull out and to search the crispy, lighter ones again. Mosel-Riesling is a perfect match if you would like to enjoy lighter (alcohol), pure, fresh and elegant but yet very expressive wines. Here you can find ideal compagnions in different styles for almost every occasion. From uncomplicated young, fruity and very fresh wines up to very demanding and rich TBA’s (Trockenbeerenauslese ). Most of them are having especially one thing in common : concerning their .....

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“Cellar finds” from the 70’s and the 80’s …

February 15, 2011

Especially on eBay you read very often about incredible “wine-finds”, forgotten for decades in grandfather’s cold, moist cellar. Well, in most of the cases we are talking here about fried, “living-room-aged” wine-mummies which provide no more drinking pleasures of any kind. Therefore I steer clear of such wines – normally. Because in the actual case of the following four wines we are talking about MY grandparent’s cellar where I store a part of my private wines, too. Very cold, moist, dark – perfect. So let’s see if those talked to us …
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German Riesling – “Spätlese” vs “Grosses Gewächs/Erstes Gewächs”

November 5, 2010

05.11.2010
After a longer period of time, when most of the German Riesling wines just bobbed up and down at the international level in recent years more and more are re-entering the international stage and attracting attention again. Not least because of the new classification of first growths like “Grosses Gewächs” and “Erstes Gewächs” (depends on the region). But what exactly is the difference between a normal “Spätlese” and a “Grosses Gewächs/Erstes Gewächs” ? Is this just a marketing strategy to obtain more money for the same wine or is there really a substantially difference ? To gain a small insight .....

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2004 Schlossberg Spätburgunder trocken, Markus Molitor vs. 2004 Burgweg Spätburgunder “Grosses Gewächs trocken, Kühling-Gillot – red sides of german wines …

October 23, 2010

23.10.2010
If people are talking about german wines, most of them are just thinking about white ones and here in particular Riesling. But there’s much more than just that and first of all the Pinot Noir grape is causing recently more and more furore. Today we have had two representatives from two different regions (Rheinhessen and Mosel) which are generally known for outstanding Riesling wines. But what about the Pinot Noir. Well, just this much – the regions are very different and so are the wines …
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