Monday, January 16, 2017

Lunch at Landgasthof Zur Traube in Meddersheim, Nahe: Remembering Klaus Peter Wodartz' Ente vom Lehel in Wiesbaden – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours2016

Picture: Lunch at Landgasthof Zur Traube in Meddersheim, Nahe: Remembering Klaus Peter Wodartz' Ente vom Lehel in Wiesbaden

Following the cellar tour and tasting at Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken in Saarburg, Saar ….

Pictures: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken with Hanno Zilliken - Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

...and before the tasting at Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich in Bockenau, Nahe…

Pictures: Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential German Riesling and the Northernmost Pinot Noir

...we had lunch at Landgasthof Zur Traube in Meddersheim, Nahe. Former Michelin-starred Chef Herbert Langendorf (Ente vom Lehel in Wiesbaden) cooks here. The restaurant is just around the corner of Weingut Hexamer, which we visited the year before:

Pictures: Wine Tasting at Weingut Hexamer in Monzingen, Nahe – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Chef Herbert Langendorf

Herbert Langendorf became known in the restaurant scene during his time at the Ente vom Lehel, first under Hans-Peter Wodartz and then as the Executive Chef himself. The Ente vom Lehel has been Michelin-starred since 1979, when it opened after Hans-Peter Wodartz moved his restaurant Ente im Lehel from Munich to Wiesbaden and renamed it Ente vom Lehel. Wodartz left in 1990 and his #2 Herbert Langendorf took over. Herbert Langendorf stayed and defended the Michelin star until 1998, when he opened with his wife Ingrid Langasthof Zur Traube in the Nahe region.

Today, the Executive Chef at the Ente vom Lehel is Michael Kammermeier, who was the Souschef of Herbert Langendorf at the Ente vom Lehel between 1990 and 1992.

Picture: Christian Schiller and Chef Herbert Langendorf

Langasthof Zur Traube

Pictures: Landgasthof Zur Traube

Lunch

We had a delicious lunch, nothing sophisticated, very basic, very good. 

Pictures: Lunch

Postings: Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential German Riesling and the Northernmost Pinot Noir (Posted and Forthcoming)

Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential German Riesling and the Northernmost Pinot Noir

Tour and Tasting at Weingut von Oetinger, Rheingau, with Achim von Oetinger – Germany-North 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Lunch and Tour: Kloster Eberbach in the Rheingau – Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Bourgogne in Riesling Land: Tasting at Chat Sauvage in Johannisberg, Rheingau, with Winemaker Michael Städter – Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Cellar Tour, Tasting and Dinner at Wein- und Sektgut F.B. Schönleber in Östrich-Winkel, Rheingau, with Ralp and Bernd Schönleber - Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Vineyard Tour, Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Leitz in Rüdesheim, with Johannes Leitz – Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut August Kesseler in Assmanshausen, with Winemaker Simon Batarseh – Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Rhine River Cruise in the Mittelrhein Valley, an UNESCO World Heritage Region - Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Tasting at Weingut Matthias Müller in Spay, Mittelrhein, with Johannes and Matthias Müller - Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Visit and Tasting at Winzergenossenschaft Mayschoss in Mayschoss, Ahr – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016

Tasting at Weingut H.J. Kreuzberg in Dernau, Ahr, with Ludwig Kreuzberg and Frank Josten – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016

Tasting at Weingut Markus Molitor – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours2016

Tasting at the Legendary Weingut J.J. Prüm with Amei Prüm – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016

The Wines of the Berncasteler Doctor, Bernkastel-Kues in the Mosel Valley, Germany

Wining in Bernkastel-Kues in the Mosel Valley: Wine Tavern “Spitzhaeuschen”, Germany

Tasting at Weingut Schloss Lieser in Lieser with Owner/ Winemaker Thomas Haag – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016

Schiller’s Favorite Wine Taverns in Trier, Germany

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken with Hanno Zilliken - Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Lunch at Landgasthof Zur Traube in Meddersheim, Nahe: Remembering Klaus Peter Wodartz' Ente in Wiesbaden

Tasting at Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich in Bockenau, Nahe

Dinner with Wine Pairing at the new Wine Tavern of Weingut Kruger-Rumpf in Bingen, Rheinhessen, with Stefan Rumpf

Tasting at Weingut Tesch in Langenlonsheim, Nahe, with Martin Tesch

Cellar Tour and Wine Pairing Lunch at Weingut Hans Lang in Hattenheim, Rheingau, with Urban Kaufmann and Eva Raps
 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Invitation: Winemaker Dinner with Christian L. Stahl, Franconia, Germany, at Evo Bistro, McLean, Virginia/ Washington DC, USA

Pictures: Christian Stahl at Annette and Christian Schiller’s Summer of Riesling 2016 in McLean, Virginia. See: Annette and Christian Schiller’s Summer of Riesling 2016 in McLean, Virginia, with German Star Winemaker Christian L. Stahl, German Wine Journalist Joachim A.J. Kaiser and Virginia Star Winemaker Chris Pearmund

Dear friends,

I wish all of you a very successful year 2017, and lots of happiness, health, and good wine and food.

Some very good news came from Germany: Christian Stahl of Winzerhof Stahl from the Franken wine region is coming to town to promote his wines of the phenomenal 2015 vintage.

With 3 out of 5 grapes in the Gault Millau WeinGuide Germany 2017, Winzerhof Stahl belongs to the elite of winemakers in Germany. Winzerhof Stahl is in Franken, a beautiful wine region that produces crisp, fruity, beautiful whites from Riesling but also from a lot of other grape varieties (signature grape is Silvaner) just one hour drive east of Frankfurt. Like so many other colleagues from this region, Christian's wines are virtually unknown outside of Germany.

Pictures: Christian L. and Simone Stahl at Cleveland Park Fine Wines and Liquor Store in Washington DC, with Importer Chris Bartha, General Manager Anthony Quinn and Christian Schiller. See: Welcome to the USA: Christian L. Stahl from Winzerhof Stahl in Franken, Germany

Within Germany, however, Christian has shown a very strong performance. When Christian Stahl took charge of his parent’s winery 10 years ago, the vineyard area totaled 2 hectares. Within a decade, he was able to grow the winery to 20 hectares of pristine vineyard sites. When Christian Stahl took over, the winery was not even mentioned in Germany’s wine guides. Within a decade, he received 3 grapes in Germany’s leading WineGuide. In 2012, Christian Stahl was Falstaff (the leading Austrian wine and life style magazine) Winemaker Newcomer of the Year 2012.

See:
Best German Wines and Winemakers - Falstaff Deutschland Wine Trophies 2012
New Generation – The 111 Best Young German Winemakers (A Listing by Stuart Pigott)
Best German Wines and Winemakers – Stuart Pigott’s Favorites (December 2014)

Christian decided to start exporting to the US in 2016 and is now visiting the Washington DC, Chicago and New York markets. Those who came to our Riesling Party 2016 will remember meeting him as he was our guest of honor and presented his wines at the event.

Pictures: Christian Schiller and Annette Schiller with Christian Stahl in Frankfurt. See: The Bistronomics Cuisine of Chef Christoph Kubenz and the Wines of Winemaker Christian Stahl at Restaurant schauMahl in Frankfurt, Germany

Together with Chef Driss Zahidi of Evo Bistro we organize a 5 course winemaker dinner with Christian. Please welcome Christian Stahl on January 22, at 6.30 pm at Evo Bistro in McLean. Below please find the invite which includes all information on the wines, the menu, the price and how to sign up.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at Evo Bistro on January 22.

CHEERS

Annette

Picture: Chef Driss Zahidi and Christian Schiller at Evo Bistro. See: Dennis Cakebread and his Wines, Napa Valley, at EVO Bistro, Virginia

Pictures: Sophie Schÿler of Château Kirwan, Annette Schiller of ombiasy PR and WineTours and Chef/ Owner Driss Zahidi of Evo Bistro in McLean, Virginia, at Evo Bistro. See: Sophie Schÿler, Owner of Château Kirwan, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, Margaux, for a Wine Pairing Luncheon at Evo Bistro in McLean, with the Wines of RdV and Clemens Busch, USA/ France/ Germany

MENU

- Reception -
Hors D'Oeuvres
Winzerhof Stahl Spark 2015

- First Course -
Smoked Salmon, Creme Fraiche Cheesecake and watercress
Winzerhof Stanl Drink Pink 2015 (Rose' Cuvee)

- SecondCourse -
Artichokes flan with crabmeat and peas coulis
Winzerhof Stahl Sivaner 2015

- Third Course -
Moroccan spiced shrimp with confit leeks and cumin-beurre blanc
Winzerhof Stahl Scheurebe 2015

- Fourth Course -
Loup de Mer served with risotto
Winzerhof Stahl Hasennest Muller Thurgau 2015

- Fifth Course -
Baby calf veal chops, charred brussel sprouts-
polenta, pepper sauce
Winzerhof Best of Silvaner 2015

5 Course Paired German Wine Dinner
$85 per person (tax and gratuity not included)
January 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Make your reservations on OPEN TABLE or call Evo Bistro at 703.288.4422
1313 Old Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101

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New Generation – The 111 Best Young German Winemakers (A Listing by Stuart Pigott)

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Visit of La Cité du Vin - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Picture: Annette Schiller with Michel Rolland at La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux City

We went to Cap Ferret for lunch at Pinasse Café. Cap Ferret is on the tip of the Basin d’Arcachon, the famous oyster harvesting bay. Pinasse Café in Cap Ferret is a popular restaurant specializing in seafood, with a gorgeous view over the bay, the oyster farms and the village of Arcachon and the Dunes de Pilat, the largest in Europe, in the distance. I had a Plateau des Fruits de Mer. Following lunch, we visited the Earl Ostrea Chanca oyster farm of Ralph Doerfler.

Before driving out for about 45 minutes to Cap Ferret, we visited La Cité du Vin. To visit this stunning museum which opened its doors in the spring of 2016 is a must. Architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières designed a building that evokes – on the outside as well as inside – the wine’s soul and liquid nature through seamless roundness. I quote the museum leaflet: “La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations. La Cité du Vin invites you on a lively, eye-opening journey around a world of wine and culture.”

Pictures: Arriving at La Cité du Vin

Bordeaux's La Cité du Vin, a cultural center dedicated to everything wine, is the new must-visit destination for any wine lover traveling through Europe.

La Cité du Vin invites you on a lively, eye-opening journey around a world of wine and culture.”

Pictures: Visiting La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin 
(Ray Isle in Food and Wine n May 26, 2016)

But what is a Cité du Vin? That was what I wanted to know, so I recently took a behind-the-scenes, pre-opening tour with the museum’s president, Sylvie Cazes. I was prepared to be disappointed, as pretty much every wine museum I’ve ever been to has been a snooze or worse: dusty old presses, historic pictures of grape harvests, plaques with dispiriting or mind-numbingly technical text. Instead, I was pretty much blown away by how cool it was.

The first thing you notice about the Cité is the building itself; the architecture is inarguably striking. The fluid, shimmering building, intended to look like wine swirling in a glass (though some people feel it instead resembles a giant glass shoe), rises above a former no-man’s-land of warehouses, now rapidly gentrifying, in the south part of the city. Clad in 900 reflective glass panels and 2,500 gold-hued, lacquered aluminum panels, supported inside by 128 huge wooden spines, the structure stands in stark contrast to much of the city’s 18th century neoclassical architecture.

Pictures: Wine Tasting at La Cité du Vin

But the museum’s digital and interactive displays, created by the London design agency Casson-Mann, are even more impressive than the building itself. The 20 different multimedia installations that form the permanent exhibition add up to one of the most entertaining, inspiring explorations into what wine is—culturally, sensorily, historically, economically, you name it—that I’ve ever seen. Video images of winemakers or farmers from a range of countries answer visitors’ questions about wine; vast screens give flyover vistas of the world’s great wine regions; a fifty-seat boat interactively recreates the feel of being on a wine merchant’s voyage over several centuries; on blank white tables ingenious projectors display dinner settings, food, and wine lists, while sommeliers or chefs—Hélène Darroze, for instance—sit in chairs around the table, talking about wine and food. (They aren’t actually there, of course, but it feels as though they are.) The brilliance and creativity of the exhibit designs is remarkable, and as a result this part of the complex feels more like something a movie studio would have come up with than a “museum.”

Picture: Gorgeous View from the Top Floor of La Cité du Vin

The overall effect is to make wine fascinating and entertaining, rather than dull and daunting. The Cité also offers a 250-seat auditorium for performances and concerts, a free-of-charge reading room stocked with 1,200 works about wine in five different languages, a restaurant (of course), a wine shop offering more than 800 wines from more than 80 different countries (essentially, everywhere wine is made), and at the top of the tower a panoramic tasting area with views across the city of Bordeaux—and, one supposes, out into the entire world of wine.

Postings on the Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France (Posted and Forthcoming):

Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), France

Bordeaux Wine Tour 2013 by ombiasy

Bordeaux Wines and their Classifications: The Basics

Bordeaux - En Primeur, Negociants, Courtiers, the Quai de Chartons and the Place de Bordeaux – A Short Introduction

How Does the Negociant System in Bordeaux Work? Tour and Tasting at Millésima - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Dining and Wining on Boulevard Montparnasse in Paris: La Rotonde, Le Dôme and La Coupole, France – Pre-Bordeaux Wine Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Tour and Tasting from Barrel at Domaine de Chevalier, Graves, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Adrien Bernard - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Dinner with a View: At Restaurant L’Estacade in Bordeaux City - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Schiller’s Favorite Wine Bars in Bordeaux City - An Update

Schiller's Favorite Seafood Places in Bordeaux City, France

Saint Emilion Wines and their Classification, Bordeaux, France

Schiller’s Favorite Wine Bars in St. Emilion, France

The Wine Empire of the von Neipperg Family in France, Bulgaria and Germany

Tour and Tasting at Château Canon La Gaffelière, Appellation Saint-Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classé – Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Tour and Wine Pairing Lunch at Château Beauséjour, Appellation Puisseguin Saint-Emilion, with Owner/ Winemaker Gérard Dupuis - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Tour and Tasting at Château Figeac, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, in Saint-Émilion – Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Tour and Tasting at Château Beauregard, Appellation Pomerol – Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Tour with Dany Rolland: Château Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol – Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Wine-pairing Lunch at Château Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol, with Dany Rolland – Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Tasting were it all Started: At the "Garage" of Jean-Luc Thunevin, Owner and Winermaker of Château Valandraud, Premier Grand Cru Classé since 2012 - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Charcuterie and Fromage at Chez Pascal in Saint Emilion - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Tour and Tasting at Château de Fargues, Sauternes, with Prince Eudes d’Orléans - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Wine-pairing Lunch at the 1-star Michelin Restaurant Claude Darroze, with Marie-Hélène Lévêque, Owner of Châteaux Chantegrive - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Visit: Château de Chantegrive, Appellation Grave, with Owner Marie-Hélène Lévêque - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Visit and Tasting: Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé – Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), France

Lunch at the Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Restaurant La Grand’ Vigne (Chef: Nicolas Masse, 2 Stars Michelin) - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Tour of the new Musee du Vin in Bordeaux City

Seafood lunch at Pinasse Cafe in Cap Ferret

Tour of the Earl Ostrea Chanca Oyster Farm and Oyster Tasting in Grand-Piquey, with Oyster Farmer Ralph Doerfler

The 5 Premiers Grands Crus Chateaux en 1855 of Bordeaux, France

What is a Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois? France

Tourt and tasting at Château Palmer, Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé

Tour and Tasting at Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron, Pauillac, 2ième Grand Cru Classé

Wine Lunch at Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron, Pauillac, 2ième Grand Cru Classé

Tour and Tasting at Château Lafon-Rochet, Saint-Estèphe, 4ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Michel Tesseron

At the Invitation of Owner Michel Tesseron: Private Dinner at Château Lafon-Rochet, Saint-Estèphe, 4ième Grand Cru Classé

Tour and Tasting at Château Sociando Mallet, Appellation Haut-Médoc

How a Barrel is Made: Visit of the Cooperage Berger & Fils in Vertheuil

Lunch were the Locals eat: At Le Peyrat in Saint-Estèphe in Saint Estephe

Tour and Tasting at Château Léoville Poyferré, Saint-Julien, 2ième Grand Cru Classé, with Anne Cuvelier

Tour and Tasting at Château Margaux, Appellation Margaux, 1ière Grand Cru Classé

Tour and Tasting at Château Kirwan, Appellation Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Nathalie Schyler

Picnic Lunch at Château Kirwan, Appellation Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Nathalie Schyler

Tour and Wine Dinner at Château Haut-Bailly, Graves, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé, with Daina Paulin