Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Good Diel

What a difference a few years make!
German Grauburgunder and Weissburgunder usually meant  a wine with over-used oak.
Recent tastings...particularly from Heger in Baden...have made me sit up and be prepared to change my mind.




Diel Cuvee V 2011

Nahe, Germany
Yellow gold in colour....instant pleasure from the glass...peaches, maracuja and butter. The palate offers a very harmonious feel...creamy texture...with a fine streak of minerality...something that many wines with these grapes used to crave for. The mix used to be with some Chardonnay...but this is 50%
Grauburgunder and 50% Weissburgunder. No fatness at all...the two grape variaties working as a perfect team. Elegant and long.
Points 17.5

Friends, Food & Wine or Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll?

Friends, Food and Wine...when we reach a certain age it becomes more important than Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll!
The four of us met up at Volker's house....he being the best cook!
I would bring the wines...whites only...all covered up...we love to taste blind and guess.The first was voted one of the best Austrian whites for the 2011 vintage.

Weixelbaum Grüner Veltliner Ano Dazumal 2011
Wachau, Austria

Reserved at first...but really opened with a little wamth.
Yellow green colour...ripe pears...tropical fruit...touch of tobacco.
A complex wine that really hits the spot already. Elegant...and not fat as some Smaragd wines can be. Spicy and with excellent minerality. All of us marked it highly...and I will will try to leave the other bottles alone...however difficult.
Points 17.75

The first course was, as usual, delicious.


I had then planned 2 older Rieslings.

Robert Weil Riesling Spätlese 2001
Rheingau, Germany

The colour pre-warned us...and so it was. This was more sweet than dry...

and the years had not tamed it. It was tried later with cheese for which it thanked us.
Points 15.5

Another 'elderly' Riesling from Austria


Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Singerriedel 2000
Wachau, Austria

Low in acidity...just a trace of minerals...funky wine...and another for later in the evening.
Points 16


The main course arrived...


Having thought that the two above would be risky...I had popped another into the fridge.
 


Veyder Malberg Riesling Buschenberg 2011
Wachau, Riesling

This vineyard is worked by hand...no way any machines can get at it.
Nose of apricots and asian spices. Orange and citrus follow. A most definite clear style. No trace of the oak it spends some time in. Salt, minerals, stones...all the ingredients for a very good Riesling. A wine with a future.
Points 17.25

The final wine was one I had tried a few days before...



Josef Fritz Roter Veltliner Steinberg PRIVAT 2012
Wagram, Austria

Full color in the glass....looks like honey. A gorgeous nose of soft vanilla and honey...sweet melons. The palate just takes over what has gone before...with oak perfectly integrated. A touch of white pepper. There are minerals in there as well. Long finish...and although it has 14.5% alcohol...it never bores.
Same notes...nobody guessed the grape...but then again...who could have?
Points 17.75


The weather was milder...and we wanted to smoke cigars...so the two aged Rieslings were adequate as we discussed the world and it's problems.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Roter Veltliner

A first I think...tasting this grape. Not everyone called Smith is related...
and so it is with this...not related at all to the Grüner Veltliner.
It seems only to grow in Wagram...where they are specialists.
I took this along to my local eatery...unscrewed the bottle and took a smell.
Jaw dropped! If I had never been able to taste it this would have been a winner. A couple of friends at the next table know that I have been around a while and trust my reactions. They got a glass...two more dropped jaws and a couple of 'wows'. The last of the bottle was tried by the owner. 'Order me some' was the request. Another bottle was sent to my restaurant friend in Baden. He knows his wines...and was VERY impressed. 




Josef Fritz Roter Veltliner Steinberg PRIVAT 2012
Wagram, Austria

Full color in the glass....looks like honey. A gorgeous nose of soft vanilla and honey...sweet melons. The palate just takes over what has gone before...with oak perfectly integrated. A touch of white pepper(we are in Austria...it is obligatory). There are minerals in there as well. Long finish...and although it has 14.5% alcohol...it never bores.
I wanted to give it 18/20...but it ONLY costs around € 20,-- so that cannot be. I have been slurping for longer than some people here have been breathing...and would put it in the top 20 wines for the price I have tried in recent years.
Recommended.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Swiss Meursault

One of my first loves back in 'old days' was Meursault. Even then I could afford Coche-Dury! They then all seemed to disappear from the marketplace.
However...I recently bought a couple of wines from the 2008 vintage from a couple of other properties.
Both I found to be overly oaked...not the delicate style I wanted.

Checking a merchants list...a description of 'meursault-like' caught my eye and I duly ordered a bottle.



Cicero M Chardonnay 2011
Bündner Herrschaft, Switzerland

Previously known as Mattmann Chardonnay...2010 was the last vintage...it now has the Cicero logo as Thomas Mattman tragically died.
Close your eyes and dream of Coche-Dury...well...not going to overdo it...but dream of how you want your Meursault and your dreams will come true! Wonderful aroma of pears and bananas. Soft and gentle...a Swiss Miss to please. Lots of grip...charming wine...salty minerals...and very fine length.
I loved this...maybe the M stands for Meursault?
Points 17.75

Riesling Rules!

Young vintage...decent wine...leave a few years...good marks...but with potential. No doubt you have all been there...eager to try the wine...but unfairly hitting on it when it begs for time.

Prager Riesling Wachstum Bodenstein Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria
Opened...and tasted...all very good...but I will not bore you with the pre-fridge notes. I popped it into the 'cold room' and over the next few days was trying other wines.
SIX DAYS later!!!...finding all the other bottles now empty I thought I would try another sip of the half-bottle still available. A completely different animal...6 days maybe meaning 6 years...that is how much I thought the wine had needed. Delicious nose of peaches and pineapple...so intense...texture oily but great smokey minerals and a citrus kick. A 30 second aftertaste...and I ordered some more. Do I wait all those years...or plan the next bottle a week in advance? Whatever...lovely wine.
Points 17.25 before fridge...
Points 17.75 after...


Some info about the Vineyard.
How many winemakers do you know would plant a high-altitude site even when everyone in the region warns against it?
How many winemakers do you know work painstakingly hard to re-cultivate some of the oldest and most extreme sites in historic vineyards? Sites that are an adventure just to access, let alone tend or harvest.
Planted in 1990 in a high-altitude section of the Hinterseiber vineyard (literally bordering the forest at the top of the mountain), this was planted at an altitude of about 1,500 feet (between 440-460 meters). Many people doubted that the vineyard would be able to fully ripen Riesling. Over 20 years later, not only does the vineyard produce incredibly elegant and mineral wines, but while others have problems with over-ripening, the Bodenstein wines, even in hot vintages like 2003 and 2006, are balanced and elegant. Anytime you you see the "Wachstum Bodenstein" name, you should know that one of the points of the wine is to showcase genetic diversity. Bodenstein planted the vineyard with 15 different types of Riesling sourced from the Wachau as well as Germany's Rheingau, Mosel and Pfalz and France's Alsace.

Prager Riesling Klaus Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria

After the previous bottle I was prepared to be patient. However, this was much more forward and instantly appealing. The climate for this vineyard means it is completely boytris free. The vines were planted in 1952. Love the nose... typical great Riesling...aromatic...peaches...tropical fruit...palate complex...with a very fine acidity that never digs the knife in...it is light-footed...easy to drink even now...and a soft explosion at the finish. Another one that needed a re-order
Points 18


Machherndl Riseling Alte Reben Kollmütz Smaragd 2012
Wachau, Austria

One of the up and coming younger generation.
The wines show his own style...boytris free...slim and clear. All see no oak...
Yellow fruits from the glass...pears and apples with airing...oily texture with minerals equal to it. Fuller than a German Riesling...something maybe lovers of this style would turn their noses up at...but the whole is very harmonious.
Points 17.25


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pichler & Family

Pichler....anyone who loves Austrian wines will know the name.
F.X. Pichler gets the eyes rolling.
Maybe the daughter will as well
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Elisabeth Pichler is the lady ...along with husband Erich Krutzler(Burgenland in the 90's)...started this property in 2006. Determined to be exact when it comes to the vineyards...no Botrytis....no overripe grapes...no rot.

Pichler-Krutzler Riesling Wunderburg 2011
Wachau, Austria

Very like a German style...dry...nose of pears...passion fruits...and ripe Golden Delicious apples. A most definite style...a wine to work on...quite complex...layers of minerals and a long finish. It went very well with our seafood.
Points 17.5




One of my favourite wines is the 'M' Grüner Veltliner from father F.X(Franz Xaver). I had been up and down the cellar steps earlier this day...trying to decide on a real goodie to drink at our Bistro with the parents of my goldchild.

F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner 'M' 2007
Wachau, Austria

I have been here before...when a G.V. is soft and rounded and with a little age...
does it really suffer following a wine much younger with minerals to the fore?
It seems so...that is not to say this did not please...traces of aniseed on the nose...loads of honey....juicy...and quite mature. I have one more bottle...it will be drunk on it's own.
Points 17.5

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Chablis and Pinot Noir

Time passes quicker when you get older...not true...but you think it does.
I had not seen my good freind Volker for a while...not true...we occasionally bump into each other on market day.
Not seen...I mean...not sat at a table.
We met up at our Bistro...Mitch...and as the weather was warm and dry...sat outside (means I can plan a good cigar).

I would bring a bottle of red...and he would supply the white.

We ordered some sea food salad...and started on the white.

Covered up...I had to work for my pleasure.
I said Chardonnay...and got a nod.
I said Burgundy...and got a nod.
I started reminiscing about Meursault...but maybe I was getting too close...so Volker unveiled the mystery.
A Chablis..and a damned good one as well.
Very good vintage...and a Premier Cru being more approachable than a Grand Cru.
Good Burgundy is so difficult to describe...but so easy to please.



William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume 1 cru 2011
Burgundy, France

Nose of citrus and a touch of smoke. Lovely minerality about this wine...no overdone oak.
Green apple fruit...loads of stones and cool stream about this. Very drinkable...and even blossomed when it warmed in the glass. Loved this....and will have to drink more Chablis again.
Points 17.5


Main courses...Volker opted for Octopus...I decided on lamb filet..with a mustard sauce.


I had been down in my cellar and had chosen 3 Pinot possibilities.
All 2007 vintage...Adeneuer Walporzheimer Gärkammer, Fürst Hunsrück R and Becker Sankt Paul.
I had called Volker earlier to ask what he fancied. He wanted to guess at the table...so the long Ahr bottle was out.

Becker Sankt Paul Pinot Noir 2007
Pfalz, Germany
I have to admit...this is a wine to be enjoyed solo...I mean...no other wines alongside it. The reason...it is just SO soft. That is not a negative..as we found out as we enjoyed the juice.

Ripe fruit and an earthy sweetness. The palate gets high on the velvety texture. Volker was more than happy.
Points 17.75


We both enjoyed each other's choices.
I lit up my cigar...and the heaven's opened. A storm like nothing we had seen for a while.
Luckily we had enough cover...but the walk home left me looking like a drowned rat!
It was worth it though...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kaiser Barry


Histamin...never heard of it? Most people have not...and a regular doctor will most likely wave his hand and not discuss it. I am not going to describe what it is here....that's what we have Google for.
What it is though...is a ****** nuisance.
Why?...because various foods and, in particular, wines, are taboo.
My wine cellar is 50 % Pinot Noir / Spätburgunder...and eagle-eyed readers of the blog will maybe have noticed...Barry is drinking loads of whites...probably because of the hot summer. The answer would be 'half' correct...the negative 'half' is...I have tried to not drink anything red. A couple of glasses with my Corovin....that was it over the last 6 weeks. Check the Bavarian report....only white. It has been easier with it being summer...but I dread to think what I will do in winter. Drink and be damned probably.
So...I am drinking white...and green(Veltliner). It is about time I was honoured by the neighbours over the border. (I live in Germany). I love Austrian whites...Grüner Veltliner of course...and now I am loving their Rieslings...
and to think...when I first started drinking wine...Austria had a bad name!
Sat in the garden when the sun goes down...a glass of the classic grape...two glasses null the thoughts of my red-wine problem. Problem?...what problem?

I decided to do a short film of our garden...one hour a day watering...you get nothing from life if you don't invest!


                                                

Having found the Knoll 2012 a little too young...I still could not resist...

Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg 2012
Wachau, Austria
Green/yellow colour...lush yellow apple fruit...lively acidity...but already well integrated...good length...and delicious in the evening sun
Points 17.5


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sushi & Austrian Whites

Isn't it the Japanese who call their children in order, 1, 2, 3 etc.?
Daughter Number 1 has reached 50 years old.
She and Hubby came along with some excellent Sushi / Sashimi.


Wine 'taster' to start with was the rest of a bottle drank over the last few days
Knoll Riesling  Smaragd Kellerberg 2012
Wachau, Austria

Orange fruit on the nose....distinctly backward. Peach flavour...holding back though.

Three days hardly softened it...needs time
Points 17...with a future



Tegernseerhof Riesling Smaragd Kellerberg 2009
Wachau, Austria

Traces of petroleum...which captivates me instantly. Great balance. Dark minerals...lively citrus...tobacco notes. Perfect partner for the food...the wine just rolled over the tongue and lifted the food.
Points 17.75



Franz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Axpoint 2012
Wachau, Austria

I am a big fan of this property. 

We tried a glass after the first taste of the Riesling.
Obviously fatter...and very exotic.
We came back to it later.

Green apples hit the nostrils...soft tobacco spices...again... exotic.
Quite full and has hardly had time to blossom.
Delicious now...but this really needs a year or two. EXOTIC.
 
Points 17.5

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Tegernseerhof Duo

A wine can be great, very good, good, or ordinary. It can also be influenced by things around it. The weather, good friends, poor food...a list of things that influence you when trying to be objective.
Nothing disastrous will follow...just a small thing that makes a big difference.

I had tried the Grüner Veltliner on holiday...and had been impressed. Very good quality for the price.

Back home I searched for the wine...and managed to find 4 bottles. To make up the case I took 2 of the Riesling. 



Saturday evening...God and The World were going to watch Brazil at the World Cup. I am a soccer fan...but good friends are like gold...so we decided...the 4 of us...to go our local Bistro.
The game would normally have finished at 8 pm but there was extra time and penalties...which meant if you watched it all...9.15pm earliest in any restaurant. We were alone (I know 4 is not 'alone') but you know what I mean!. No other customers...but the food was excellent...see the mixed starter...and I opted for some Red Snapper.


I had taken along the two bottles the previous day...and they had been opened...unscrewed...2 hours before we arrived.
Thinking...starter need some minerals...I chose the Riesling first.

The GV with the Snapper
Perfect decision...but you cannot be right all of the time!


Tegeenseerhof Riesling Steinertal Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria

A delight...stone fruits with a touch of citrus...zippy attractive acidity...quite full but still fleeet of foot...it loved the sea food and I loved IT!
Points 17.5




Tegeenseerhof Grüner Veltliner Loibenberg Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria

Gave this 17.75 on holiday
Soft....smooth...but seemed to suffer after the uplifting Riesling. Not it's fault..
Points...a tentative 17...but will open another bottle...on it's own.

Two days later...much better without any 'outside' influence...
Points 17.25

So my point is proved...3 different tasting...all in different surroundings...
I would love to go on holiday again and try it...which you can understand in more ways than one.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hirsch Duo

I have decided I need to buy more Austrian Riesling...due to the fact that the style seems to always please me. A few warm days...and a chance to compare the two top wines from a top property.

Hirsch Riesling Gaisberg 2009
Kamptal, Austria

Slightly bitter...tight...not too forthcoming...but it changed a few times of 3 days...still not as exotic as the Heiligenstein. Lime citrus fruit...missing a middle and no sign of it filling out...suffers in comparison to it's 'Brother'
Points 17


Hirsch Riesling Heligenstein 2009
Kamptal, Austria

Peaches on the nose...rich apples on the palate...and a touch of
petrol to please me.
I should own a petrol /gas station...get my kicks for free!
Over 2 days the grapefruit popped up...love the aftertaste and length.
More intense than the Gaisberg
Points 17.5

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Right Decision


It is summer...but there is a breeze around...which means in the daytime it is pleasant...but evenings too cool to sit out.
The plan was for Wednesday 18 June...but it did not work out. Next day was a national holiday in Germany 'Fronleichnam'...roughly translated 'Happy Cadaver'!
England were to play Uruguay in the World Cup...but wife, daughter and son-in-la wanted to go out for the evening. I love wine and food as much as football...so I agreed. We called our favourite Italian 'La Fattoria'...and arrived to feel the sun still warming so we sat outside....


Daughter Bianka

Son-in-Law Jochen
I wanted to drink a bottle of white from their list...and follow that with a bottle of my own. I told owner Chester to please open it. He obviously forget...more later.
We never order from the menu list...Chester comes along and reels off what is on offer...you concentrate...order...and wait for the next selections.
I chose an octopus salad....a half portion of linguine with truffel..and a Perlhuhn (Guinea Fowl) for the main course. My white was the planned marriage for the latter.


A Selection of Starters

Octopus Salad
Jermann Vintage Tunina 2011
Friaul, Italy

The wine-list has the other top Jermann white 'Dreams'...but I have drank it a few times...so decided on this mix of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Ribolla.

The initial impression is a light...mainly SB style...but with an hour it opened up...showing a creamy texture...bananas and hay on the nose...never overdoing it...well-balanced in fact. Not a cheap wine..and some would say overpriced...
restaurant was € 64,--  which is a fair mark-up. Vintage 2010 was listed...but I try not to get irritated when the next vintage pops up.  Remember Bavarian holiday....
Points 17


Linguine with Truffel

F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd
Dürnsteiner Kellerberg 2009
Wachau, Austria

Pulled this out of the celler...took a photo in the sunshine...packed it cold...and it arrived cool at the restaurant. 'Open it up'...I had requested...but it got lost in all the greetings.
When I asked for the wine 2 hours later...Mr. Cork was still firmly in the hole!
Not the wine's fault...and it was very good...but it needed air to whisk away the still lingering baby fat. Great nose of course...all honey...some petrol...and the palate is medium to full...perfect with the Guinea Fowl...and enough minerality to give it a try with a good Havana cigar
Points 17.5





Guinea Fowl

Bianka's Lamb
The waiter asked why I was there...me being English. I said I loved food and wine as much as football..and my three guests know nothing about it. He nodded...and at half-time...even though I said I would be recording it...gave me a downward look which meant 'The English Are Going Home'. They lost 2-1...so my choice of eating out was not a bad one.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bavaria 2014 - Return to Tegernsee

Our visit last year at the end of April was lucky as to the fact that the weather wasn't 'half bad'. We had left and for the three weeks after there had been storms. Tegernsee is half surrounded by mountains...and the weather has a mind of it's own.
This time we had booked the middle two weeks of May...same apartment in same hotel...Haltmair am See.
Arriving on a sunday...which had meant a pleasant drive down as my wife hates the HG Vehicles. They were all parked at the side of the motorway waiting for the OK to go on the Monday.
I arrived hoping to find a website showing the last soccer game of the season...no luck...but my team, Manchester City, were champions again.
After the tedious chore of unpacking...we hit the sack and tried to recover from the long day.

Monday 12.May 2014


Not being a big eater at breakfast...a light cereal and my 'cuppa tea' and a walk to acclimatise.

We had not booked...but I popped into our favourite restaurant...Kirschner Stube. The waiter said 'our table' was booked...so that evening we ended up on a larger table in the corner. A couple with a large dog joined us...and we had a pleasant evening chatting. However...this blog is not about chit-chat...food and wine is what you want.
My wife and I chose the Carpaccio vom Bayrischen Rindefilet...and she commented we will have to be careful that not ever dish will be given a shot of Balsamico.

Eva-Maria opted for the Jakobsmuschel and Wildfanggarnele auf marinierten Zuckerschoten...and little old me wanted Pasta...so the Spaghettini mit gebratenen Pfifferlingen. This type of mushroom has to be really fresh to please me...and I was pleased.










There are a fair few Austrian whites on the winelist...and to slowly get into things...I CHOSE THE BEST!!!...hey...it's my holiday.

Knoll Riesling Vinotheksfüllung Smaragad 2011
Wachau, Austria
Wow.wow,wow...no...that is not the dog barking...it is my way of commenting on this goodie.
This is the top Riesling from the property...most of it from the Loibenberg vineyard. This is harvested later than the aforementioned. Loads of stones and minerals with honey notes. Yellow melons and yellow apples. Loevley weight andf length
Points 18


Tuesday 13 May 2014
I had my first neck and shoulder massage...and felt so good I set off and ended up doing a 90 minute walk. Visited the hotel/ Restaurant 'Villa am See' in case we decided to give them a visit. Wine-List had a few of interest...then I walked to the 'Überfahrt Hotel'...with the super-rich parking their cars and the bodyguards hovering. I checked the wine-list at the Italian Restaurant 'Il Barcaiolo'....then back in time before the rain came.
We have a reguar visitor who does not seem to be worried that others are sharing the balcony. I nicknamed him 'tattie' as he was not the best dressed.

Across from our residence is a small cafe / bistro...yesterday I had tried the Coconut and Chicken soup...today some Pasta...Penne Arrabiata. No mention of my wife means she is sleeping long. She appeared in time to drink her coffee...and do all the necessaries before going out...and we walked the short distance to the Stube'. Again a large table and a pleasant Swiss couple were our companions.
Tonight we wanted to tried the 'Classiks'. Old sleepy went for the 'Wiener Schnitzel von der Kalbslende'...and I 'Backhendl 'Kirschner-Stuben-Art...but without the Kartoffelnsalat...Bratkartoffol please!


The Vino was another goodie

Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner Axpoint Smaragd 2012
Wachau, Austria
The 2011 had been on the list...but readers who read last year's report will know how the system works..
I just drink the stuff.
Super rich with hold-back mineral palate...classic gloss.
Points 17.75


Wednesday 14 May 2014
Weather again 4 seasons...sun, hail, rain, warm, cool....and we went shopping for some food to eat in this evening.

We sat cosily...enjoying our selection.
I had brought a couple of bottles with me for just this moment.

Sabathi Pössnitzberg Chardonnay 2011
Roth Styaria, Austria
Had this at home...and that is why I brought it along...gentle creamy crwod-pleaser.
Points 17

Thursday 15 May 2014
Rain or no rain...we decided to set off in the car and admire the beautiful countryside.
We crossed over the border into Austria for 5 minutes...you knew this as the mobile phone warned you of extra costs.
We could say we were in Austria this holiday...not a lie!

Eva-Maria was staying in tonight...so I walked the short distance left to a restaurant I had eyed last time.
La Dolce Vita. Not much going on...3 tables occupied.
The wine list looked good...and I chose the Donabaum.
The fresh seafood salad (Hausgemachter Meerefrüchtesalat) had been preceded by a greeting from the kitchen.




My main course...the frische Tagliolini with white Truffels.


The elderly 'waiter' was from the old school...and the food was delicious.
A few days later I found out that Ciro Merona was the owner: His son...Carmine helped with service.
Ciro has been around the area over 30 years...and obviously loves the work.
Strangely....I had watched a film the day before...'Good Fellas'...with Robert de Nero and Jo Pesci....all about the Mafia...and the restaurant could have been used as a backdrop. I loved the evening.

Johann Donabaum Grüner Veltliner
Spitzer Point Smaragd 2010

Wachau, Austria
This was just what I needed...no searching for pleasure...just plain 

'smell me drink me and be satisfied'...maybe a touch 'up front' fruit...but as I said...easy to drink
Points 17


Friday 16 May 2014
I was wacked...empty...the holiday was kicking in. Slept until 1 pm...
and not being used to doing nothing...just never recovered to want to go out.
I walked round to the Kirchner Stube...cancelled the table....and asked if they could do a portion of pasta to take away. No problem...so the oven in the apartment had the chance to be involved.
Bed couldn't come soon enough.

Saturday 17 May 2014
Weather much brighter...and we were expecting friends to visit. They were over at the Starnberg Sea...visiting an exhibition in Munich.
We had wanted to take them to Kirchner...but there was a wedding on this evening...so I had booked next door at a small Bistro 'Enothek am See'. It is in a celler and practically only barstools...but they have a round table for 4...so that was reserved. Friends Edgar and Ingrid arrived at 4 pm...we had coffee in the hotel...then we drove around to show them the area. They were very impressed...saying Starnberg was nowhere near as pretty.

We arrived at the Bistro at 7pm...and as we checked the small menu...the place filled up. Then we heard the sound of a TV...and realised that this evening was the German Soccer Cup Final...Munich versus Dortmund.
Luckily...our small alcove meant the ladies did not have to watch the screen. It was also 0-0 after 90 minutes...so no great celebrations (only after we left did they play extra-time...and Munich won 2-0).
The others chose the Spargelsuppe(Asparagus on all menus at the moment) with Shrimps. I opted for the Carpaccio of Rind. The soup was a great success...the Carpaccio overdone with Cheese...but OK.
Edgar and myself went for the Ravioli...while the ladies chose Spaghettini with Pfifferlinge. I had tried the variantion at Kirchener...this one tonight was nowhere near as good...too much oil...and the mushrooms not too lively. The Ravioli...again...with too much Parmesan...was also very filling.



The wine-list was without Vintages...and I have taken notes a few days before. Not an Austrian in sight....largely Italian...and I chose to two best.



Quarz Sauvignon Blanc 2012
South Tyrol, Italy
Highly rated...this is the second time for this property...last year I had the 2009. The 2012 was just too young...potential...but at first fiery acidity...food helped...but we left a third and tried the Manna.
Points 15.5



Franz Haas Manna 2010
South Tyrol, Italy

Thankfully...this was a few years older...and was more acceptable.
Points 16


Both wines not really my style...

I know this is Bistro...and the Wine-list without vintages meant I was not going to be tested when the wine one was brought by the waitress...but...she came to the table with the Quarz...corkscrew half into the bottle...and the Manna was unscrewed without even showing. Poeple!!!!...whatever the style of restaurant...basic rules...show the guest what he ordered.
BUT...the evening was great...two friends who we just get on with...and laugh a lot.
Ingrid...who doesn't drink...drove back to Starnberg that evening.

Sunday 18 May 2014
A week is gone...and only mixed weather...BUT...it is going to improve.
Today...lovely sunny morning...I went down for a swim...and had breakfast on the balcony.




About midday I walked along the sea front.



I arrived at La Dolce Vita for lunch...and with the warmth of the day....sat outside.


I ordered the Jacobsmuschelravioli with truffel Sauce. Light and delicious and decided the world couldstand still at this moment. Hey...wait a minute...I don't drink in the daytime...so the world had better move on.

In the evening we were at the Stube again...this time at our prefered table by the oven...although not required with the temperatures up.










We ordered and shared... 'Sashimi von roten Thunfish' and 'Jakobsmuchel and Wildfanggarnele'.
Main courses were 'Ofenfrischer Krustenbraten vom Bioschwein'...the crust crunchy...the meat tender and I opted finally to try again a dish consumed a few times last year 'Filet vom Almochsen mit gebratener Gänseleber'

The wine...was heaven



Franz Hirtzberger Honivogl Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria

Not sure if 'Honi' means honey....

Looks like light honey...smells like honey...what a perfect wine.
Intense...what I call 'diamond' fruit...with thrilling minerals...
Intense and massively powerful palate. Great finish. Heaven.

Points 18

Monday 19 May 2014
Sat out on the balcony...and waited for the sun. Midday I ate the 'leftovers' of the meat (Schnitzel) we had taken home from the previous evening.
The sun was HOT...so a snooze in the shade was welcomed.

Mrs. Blogger decided on a night in...and was going to raid the fridge.

I set off to my new 'find'. The sun had come out again at at 7 pm I plonked myself down...felt the warmth...chose the wine...and waited to be pleased by the food.




Papa Ciro Merone confirmed that the Oysters were excellent (it is May) so I ordered three.
They were super.


They were followed by 'Thunfish-Sashimi'...not visually on a par with Kirschner...but none the less...very good.

The half portion of 'Hummertortellin mit Hummerschaum rounded off the evening
Son Carmine had brought the wine...and said I must know something about the stuff!
He knows Konrad Salwey...and showed me a few bottles not on the list.



Salwey Weissburgunder Henkenberg GG 2011
Baden, Germany
Closed at first...but spread itself with the food. It was light and acceptable with the oysters...but blew out it's chest when the Tuna fish and spicy Ginger came along. Citrus, stones, racy delcious acidity.
Ah...the world can stand still again.
Points 17.25
I booked the table again for Thursday and asked Carmine if he could find a bottle of white not on the list.
He was down into his private celler and reappeared with a Trimbach Riseling Cuvee Frederic 2000.
We agreed I should try it...and if it is over the hill...then try another.

Tuesday 20 May 2014
Hardly a cloud in the sky. A massage before breakfast....and then update this article...the sun is warming my right arm...time for a break.











Out shopping...my wife needed flowers in the apartment. A coffee break was required...'Villa Am See'...the Gourmet restaurant and Bistro do not seem to be our style...but they have a Pavillon with a small boat....lovely...and the views are great. Kirschner Stube was full outside....but with a light breeze around...we decided on inside.


Waiter Uwe...always good for a smile


I had the warm 'Gänsleber'...and the Zanderfilet...
My wife repeated the Tuna Sashimi and the Kalbsschnitzel.

Knoll Grüner Veltliner Kreutles 2012
Wachau, Austria
Lighter in style...more stream than sea...more stone than boulder...zippiness about it...
maybe it was me...but I needed more this evening.
Points 17


Wednesday 21 May 2014
It was a day to stay in.

Eva-Maria joined me on the balcony...half asleep...but still beautiful.

My wife loves Spargel (white asparagus) but is wary to eat in Restaurants.

She claims they don't peel them correctly and never get the right texture.

So...do it yourself tonight.
Knowing this would happen I had popped a bottle of Silvaner in the car...supposed to be the 'ideal' grape for the white sticks.


Zehnthof Luckert Silvaner ***2011
Franconia, Germany

Small pearls...like a prosecco at first...they scattered in the warm summer evening...I can see why some like this style...zippy and fresh...me...wanted a bit more with my new potatoes.
Points 16
 

Thursday 22 May 2014
Waether great...'Webers' for lunch...in the garden area.

I wanted to go with my wife to 'La Dolce Vita' again...and with the weather forecast saying 30 degrees..we could sit outside. A wind blew late afternoon...but happily disappeared into the night.








The owner...had found a bottle of Trimbach's Cuvee Fredric Riesling 2000...

but it was over the hill...the first sip was dead grapefruit!
No problem...I took the Donabaum again...

and then we ate outselves through the menu...sashimi...and I had the Soup 'Ciro'...named after the father...he said it was good and he was correct.
Too much dessert...but it was the first time this holiday that we had room for any.


Friday 23 May 2014
Weather a little overcast...
but I was off to the Stube again...


 

I had the Carpaccio von Kalbshaxe...too much really...then some fish...
Steinbutt and Hummer...





I had the 'honivogl' again...the last bottle Uwe said...it went to the best place.

Franz Hirtzberger Honivogl Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria

Still wow...yellow apple fruit...tobacco spices
Points 18

Saturday 24 May 2014
The couple we had seen a few days before...asked if we would join them for dinner at Kirchner Stube. We guys went across and out favourite waiter Uwe somehow found us a table.




Tegernseerhof Loibenberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria
A ripe year in the Wachau...this smells oaky...but that is not a complaint...creamy and rich. Just a great weight in the mouth....

Points 17.75


Sunday 25 May 2014 
Some random photos...last memories...of this lovely holiday.








First Floor

Back Entrance to Apartment

Relaxed and ready to work agin...



Already booked for next year....






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