Ruffino 1996

Sometimes, the once lesser rated vintages perform greater than expected over time. A good example is the 1996 Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro directly from the Ruffino Cellars in combination with a brassato we had at Poletto restaurant in Hamburg. The freshness of the wine with its dried cherries, tea and autumn…


A good bottle of Johannisberg

Sharing a great bottle with dear friends is one of the best things in life: Stefan Doktor, managing director of Schloss Johannisberg, shared this bottle of the Johannisberg 1971 Auslese Rosalack with us at the Riesling Gala in Kloster Eberbach today. What a Rheingau Riesling beauty in the glass: peach and…


Fascinating Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero remains an exciting region. This has also been demonstrated by my current trip to the Castilian plateau. On the one hand, there are the very hospitable people I met everywhere here. This is a great relief, especially after the long Corona isolation. And, of course, there are the…


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