the early bird catches the worm!!!!

vinodorado #deutzerhof

vinodorado #deutzerhof

hi guys!!!

what a horrible blast of cold huh? hope you’re all well & warm. sooo we’ve all heard it before “the early bird catches the worm” right? but what if you were programmed to be early?

that is precisely the case with this serious serious red from Deutzerhof. lets decode the label shall we?

first things first i’m gonna let ya in on a little secret its a german wine. that is not obvious from the front label you would have to turn the bottle around to find that one out. anywayz here’s the break down:

vinodorado label break down

vinodorado label break down

now getting to the “early” part (no i’m not just rambling there is a connection) do you see the varietal? it says FRÜHBURGUNDER.

saaaaaaay whhhaaaaat???????

you might know SPÄTBURGUNDER one of Germany’s better known red varietals. guess what???

they are kinda the same thing. HUH!

time for german 101:

1). spätburgunder = pinot noir

2). the word spätburgunder can be broken down

spät = late

burgunder = burgundy (because red burgundies are made of pinot noir)

3). for frühburgunder you guessed it.

früh = early

yea by the time i got into spätburgunders i already knew a bit a german so the name came easily. but it wasn’t until this january while shopping around in düsseldorf that i came across this relatively obscure varietal. it all clicked in my head rather quickly like wine + language algebra you know a2 + b2 = c2 (hahaha for the record never and i mean never ask me about math, its a rather troubled relationship).

buuuut i still had questions, this is what unfolded. the sales attendant said “it is clear that since you have never heard of frühburgunder i do not expect you to notice any difference from the spätburgunder” furthermore i was informed that “the deutzerhof alpha omega is a very technically and qualitatively well made wine…but i don’t think you’ll notice”.

ha! i did the usual when faced with that tude (unfortunately this attitude prevails in deutschland), nodded and asked a few more questions. then decided to make the purchase anyway. it was bout 22 euros so not cheap, but really worth it.

since i am me, and not that old man from the kardstadt in d-dorf i will tell you that the reason the varietal is called frühburgunder is because it is harvested 3-4 wks earlier than the spätburgunder. in actuality it is not too clear whether the varietal is a slight mutation of the spätburgunder thus enabling it to be harvested earlier or if its the same grape and they just harvest it earlier.

either way this particular varietal is traditional from the Ahr region one of the smallest wine growing regions of the 13 in germany and the world’s most northern wine region dominated by red grapes.

interesting stuff right? i’m not one for tasting notes but i will say this, the Deutzerhof is gorgeously lean and doesn’t taste too ripe at all. with red fruit notes ending in a velvety bitter chocolate.

soooo what do you think? have any of you had frühburgunder before? if so what are your thoughts pls share!


from vino with love

 vinodorado goes to the golf course!

vinodorado gut lärchenhof golf club

hi everyone!

do you all play golf? are any of you members of a golf club? well i don’t & i’m not. hahaha quite honestly i’ve never even so much as held a club in my hands. so why am i talking about golf?

it just so happens that not too far from köln, is one of the premier golf clubs in all of germany (or so they tell me i have no clue as far as golf clubs are concerned) “gut lärchenhof golf club“.

why does this matter???!!!

because as luck would have it, i was invited to attend a “dance into the may party” at gut lärchenhof. it was a culinary affair & where there is food….. (i think you can guess) there is WINE!

so who was there? alexander hecht the wonderful sales rep (& my friend) from smart wines & another rep from kölner weinkeller who was an absolute pill & therefore she will not be mentioned further.

the evening started off innocently enough. the room was filled with an exciting clucking of the sorts from grannies & their middle aged children. to my great surprise the aperatif of choice was not a german sekt, or champagne but….

CAVA yes thats right my all time fav sparkler. bien sûr the juvé y camps was supplied by s.m. it’s just one of the many stellar wines in the smart wines portfolio. another fav was the gut hermannsberg 2011 jubiläums riesling from the nahe, germany.

some goodies @G.L.

some goodies @G.L.

but you wanna know the funny thing? what really made my evening was the oysters. haha i know a new yorker through & through, we can’t get enough of the stuff. oysters are pretty hard to come by in germany… as in you practically never see them on any menu & if you are lucky enough to come by them the resto staff will almost never be able to give you any clue as to where they might be from.

but this was different my friends, this was “dance into the may” @gutlärchenhof so naturally they had an endless supply of oysters. not only that but they had two different kinds both from sylt.

what it sylt you ask? oh honey its practically the hamptons of germany. yes germany has beaches & islands. while they are on the cooler side (climate wise) many members of the rich&famous chose to summer there & of course eat oysters.

vinodorado g.l. oysters

besides the oysters there were sooooo many delish things to eat. outside the grill was blazing with sumptuous (yes legit sumptuous) slices of iberico pig chin.

young chef grills the delicate jamon iberico chins

young chef grills the delicate jamon iberico chin

then inside the kitchen doors were open for all to see. i wonder if the chefs always work in absynth green lighting surrounded by candlelight?

hmmm the green is a bit camp but i give them props for trying

hmmm the green is a bit camp but i give them props for trying

all in all despite the totally posh locale & the large octogenarian group people got down. thats right! towards the end of the night the lights dimmed until it matched the kitchen lighting & then (not everyone but) many my self included downed a glass or two of grahams 20 years old tawny port & danced into the may.

hope you guys enjoyed my little trip to the posh golf club, what do you think? would love to know!!!

from vino with love




#ProWein #düsseldorf #winetrade #germany

prowein? what’s prowein? hint: its one of, if not the largest wine trade fair in the world.

prowein passes

prowein passes!!!

prowein takes place every spring in düsseldorf but you knew that right? haha that’s ok i’m just being all pretentious i never heard of prowein back in nyc even when i was working in the wine trade!

this was my second time showing up and maybe its something about not being such a noobie but i felt like it was awesomely superior to last years’. alright so here are my prowein highlights & lows;

  1. the prowein app (it was… good), 3 main tabs: exhibitors, products, events. pretty straightforward but helped you when you wanted to find a wine/person quick (fyi the halls are huge!!!! and yes i wore heels all three dayzz)
  2. events all day long, for a wine geek its heavenly. “oh i always wanted to know more about terroir and wine regions of moldova” and VOILA there you had it.
  3. the spain section, the spain section, did i mention the spain section? now here you don’t have to be a wine geek to enjoy the sweet eye candy the delicious wine.
  4. the pretty displays. i was totally gushing over how beautiful some of the booths were, and all the over the top props.

here are the not so cool aspects of prowein;

  1. the prowein app. what???? yes it stopped working all together on monday all day!!!!!!
  2. it was not clear what language the events were in. unfortunately i ended up showing up to a couple events only to be surprised when it was completely in deutsch. yea not cool (the app never indicated the language).
  3. uggggggh the coat check. this was horrible. on sunday the confusion & chaos of the coat check was unreal. there were no lines or velvet ropes to keep us in check. aaaaand apparently we all had different colored tickets which no one knew about and well you get the idea. the whole affair ended with about 300 or so unhappy faces.

there you have it my top highs & lows. don’t worry that’s not all i’ll fill you in on some more prowein shizzle.

did anyone else reading this go? what were your impressions?

from vino with love