Monday, May 27, 2013

Entertaining Guests

My wife used to cook regularly and we often had people to dinner. Age has meant she can't stay for hours in the kitchen. On a friday evening she decided she wanted to do it all again...so on Saturday I was out to the market and on Sunday evening we invited three friends.
What started out as a small meal escalated into 5 courses. As the three friends (Volker, Steffi and Robert) are regular wine 'amigos'...I was down in the cellar looking for something special.

Planned:
Domaine Paul Blanck Furstentum Riesling 1989
F. X. Pichler M Grüner Veltliner 2002
Gantenbein Pinot Noir 2002
Chateau Trotanoy 1975


As I was uncertain about the Riesling from Alsace...I had popped a bottle of
Jaunegg Muri Sauvignon Blanc 2007 into the fridge. Think ahead when you are opening old wines.
I opened the Pichler early afternoon as I know the M needs plenty of air. No problems here...a quick sniff told me we would be pleased by this one. Mid afternoon...the Gantenbein saw the light of day....a gentle whiff showed no bad signs so leave it to develope. This was followed by the Trotanoy....Volker's favourite Bordeaux...and checking the Internet...99% positive notes on the 1975. The cork crumbled...so it was quickly pushed in and decanted. A smell and a taste told me that I had the other 1%...this was a bad bottle...and would not be any use to anyone. It's substitute was from another part of France...an old Chateauneuf-du Pape...a real rarity.





I offered the Riesling...but we all decided it had too much acidity...although the nose showed good ageing. Coming off the bench to rectify things....
Jaunegg Muri Sauvignon Blanc 2007
South Styria, Austria

Yellow-green colour...an explosion of ripe gooseberry and lychees really make you sit up...elegant...juicy...cassis even...and very fine acidity...perfect with the Asparagus Soup
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Points 17










F. X. Pichler M
Grüner Veltliner 2002
Wachau, Austria

Great colour...golden green...pears...white pepper...full-bodied with great minerals...layers of fruit in the mouth...perfect now. All the guests marked it highly...

Points 18.25









Gantenbein Pinot Noir 2002
Fläsch, Switzerland

Served blind...and the guests were thinking...this is not Pinot...as I always offer one version....and to be honest...the nose was poor...and had a slightly mouldy smell. Unbalanced...it had no heart....and the dry tannins masked nothing to come. Disappointing...and the opinion was that we were expecting too much...as we knew all the younger vintages from this top property in Switzerland.
Points 15.5



The 'bad' bottle of Trotanoy was presented...sorry Volker...I have no control over every bottle.



The final course (no photo...the alcohol was taking over) of 'Kalbsgeschnetzeltes with Pasta' seemed one course too many...until we tried it. Perfect...and perfect was the wine.

Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Cuvée Réservée 1990
Rhône, France

Must have bought this about 20 years ago. Back in the 'old days'...I loved Ch-du-Pape...they were reasonably priced and aged well. Those days are gone...and the ageing curve is pretty short nowadays....so...how was this after 23 years? Well..Monsieur Féraud's wines are a cross between wine..and a dry port.

A mix of 80% Grenache, 17% Syrah..the rest Mourvèdre and others...farmyard smells...funky animals...medium-bodied...no alcohol details on the label....not thought necessary back then...but there is a few per-cent here...but so well made....rich flavour...wild raw meat...saddle leather...coffee...so silky but yet with power. Every time you went back to the glass you discovered something. A real living wine...something you could never construct in 5- 10 years...patience is needed....a wine from a time maybe lost forever.
Points 18.5


The comments from our friends...first to tell my wife Eva-Maria she had lost none of her talents...and to myself for the liquid stuff...were gatefully accepted. We enjoyed your company guys. One of life's pleasures is sharing...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Couple Of Secrets

A couple of lesser known properties in Germany.

Zehnthof Luckert
Silvaner Gelbkalk 2011

Franconia, Germany

This property is highly rated in Franconia...and the area has always been associated with the grape. A nose of yellow fruits...a mix of apples and pears...minerality...lovely lively stuff...cinammon on the palate and a gentle steeliness making a wine at the price...€ 15,-- that is worth testing folks.
A great summer wine but to be taken seriously.
Points 16




Really less known is a property I visited a few years ago...we drove and drove...trees and woods closed in...and suddenly we arrived at the yard. Bio vegetables in one corner...and a simple door to an office in the other where I bought a few bottles. The last bottle had pleased...
Weingut Höfflin Spätburgunder trocken
Barrique Prestige 2007
Baden, Germany
Medium deep with a fading orange rim...this is delightfully light with grainy fruit...easy tannins...it won't knock you off your chair...but retains your interest and was surprisingly good next day.
Points 16.5



Saturday, May 18, 2013

Cellar Oddities

All owners of a wine cellar will have been there...you find a bottle that you forgot about...or you bought a bottle and the 'sell-by' date has long gone...or...you knew about the bottle but a previous example had not left a lasting memory.

Example 1...and there is also a 2004 version waiting to by tried.
Vie di Romans Piere
Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Friaul, Italy

The property has 2 versions of their Sauvignon Blanc...Piere and Vieris...and the Piere was always the one with no oak. I believe they have changed the vinification...but I always found the Vieris a little heavy. The property made me sit up when I first found it many years ago...very much my style compared to the gooseberry extremes that were on offer from the New World. Has it aged...or even more...can it be enjoyed? Well...'jein' (yes and no) as we say in Germany.
Yellow gold in colour...and do I taste a touch of oak...or is it just the aging proccess? Lots of smoke and a touch of flint. Most of the primary fruit has gone...and this was swings and roundabouts over 2 days. One moment it appealed then I wanted more zip.
Points 16...and the 2004 needs to be opened soon.





Example 2....has not been long in the cellar. At a 'bargain-price' on Ebay...I was willing to risk it.
Salwey Oberrotweiler Kirchberg
Spätburgunder 1997
Baden, Germany
Alone the property gave me hope...although the vintage and age did not. I decided I would never risk it with guests...but it had to be opened.
The cork was in good condition but that was all. A sip said that it had gone...


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Example 3 quickly followed number 2
Fürst Centgrafenberg
Spätburgunder 'R' 2005
Franken, Germany
The intial bottles at a few years old had pleased...but the last 2 had not.
This shows lots of sour cherry fruit...and the dry tannin dominates any sweetness. Decent enough with food...and I can't see it getting any better...so the last bottle goes on Ebay.
Points 16.25

There are a few more oddities lying around...they need to be explored...but more than likely...it will be another year before I remember.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sweet Nahe and Molitor Red


I wanted to try the red with friend Volker...and his wife was out with a girlfriend...so he said he would cook.
Always a pleasure to eat what he prepares...and I looked over his shoulder in the kitchen.
A Raviola filled with ' Brennessel' (Nettel)

Ravioli Before
Ravioli After
I had bought this white along with the red...on Ebay. One of the top growers in the Nahe area.
I presumed...it would be dry.....never presume.
Emrich-Schönleber Monzinger Halenberg
Riesling Spätlese 2004
Nahe, Germany

Cork in fine condition...popped and pours...and a 'wow' smell...classic Riesling. We quickly took the next step...and had a sip...and were giving each other looks...not exactly dry...and you would guess at Auslese and not Spätlese.
Smell again and you find apricots...very nice...but we wanted more zip...and I was remimded of an apple juice...something you would sip on the balcony with friends on a warm summer evening. There is still a Restsüsse...and so we decided  to give it a chance with the cheese later. The marking is possibly not it's fault...maybe I should have known.
Points 16.5


Into the kitchen again...the ingredients...ready to be fried...and thin slices of beef were given covering.

The red was a surprise for Volker...he has seen that I had tried it on a holday...


Markus Molitor Spätburgunder 2007
Mosel, Germany
A gorgeous nose...ripe raspberries.The palate throws up gentle spices...toast and smoke...clear incisive fruit...firm but easy tannin present but woven into the whole...perfect balance...just a great mouthful...and lingering finish.
Points 17.75

The question arises...why is Molitor the only Mosel grower who produces top Spätburgunder. Is it just disinterest from the rest as they have enough to do with their Riesling. The climate changes may change their minds.



Monday, May 13, 2013

Grüner Chameleon

Fritz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner
Smaragd Rotes Tor 2011
Wachau, Austria

Young Smaragd can sometimes be a bit lip-smacking at first until the baby fat calms down. No such case here...delicious balance of acidity and fruit...spring flowers rose from the glass...green apples...and the palate was aroused by the zippy fruit...really lovely mouthful here...exotic at times...and I ate a mixed salad with it...and the wine was like a 'chameleon'...seemingly taking on all the ingredients. Delicious even now...could even improve.
Points 17.5 +



Pichler, Pichler & Pichler

Buying some wines from Ebay...you have to ask yourself...why are they for sale...especially with some age. Here a trio of Pichler wines from the same seller...worth a risk I thought...but who would I be congratulating on the sale after tasting.
The first two battled it out over 3 days...



Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner
Smaragd Wösendorfer Kollmütz 2005
Wachau, Austria

Showing more age than the Terrassen...it has lost it's fatness...that chunky feel that the younger versions have...extreme smoke and honey...and a slightly bitter taste...which disappeared on day two...and the wine had generally settled down...apricots and peaches... rather like a mature Chablis.
Points 17




Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner
Smaragd Terrassen 2006
Wachau, Austria

Seemed much younger than the Kollmütz...this is all about rippling streams and shiny stones. Yellow apples....and next day there was a trace of a young creamy cheese. Great balance...and perfect with 'Kalbsgeschnetzeltes mit Pilze' (Veal strips in a creamy mushroom sauce).
Points 17.25

So far so good...



Rudi Pichler Riesling
Smaragd Kirchweg 2005
Wachau, Austria

Trace...but only a trace...of petroleum...more flowery on the nose...acidity is well-to the forefront...searching for the fruit...but 2 days later the fruit stuck it's head up...and it was fresh and ready to go.
Points 17


RESUME:
I can understand the seller thinking 'best to sell' as all three won't improve...but I was happy with my purchase...so I guess I was the winner in this deal....€ 45,-- for all three!!!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Givry Double


Not often I go back to France...but the name Joblot and a slight rave from a merchant had me taking a couple of bottles to try.

Joblot Givry 1er Cru 'En Veau' Blanc 2011
Burgundy, France

Citrus...old vine smell...flintstone fruit...salty minerals...trying to be very good...so give it time.
Points 16.75



Joblot Givry 1er Cru 'Clos de la Servoisine' Rouge 2011
Burgundy, France

Sour cherries...closed at first...gave it plenty of airing and a next day try. The merchant claims it reaches Chambolle-Musigny in quality...and that it can be tried now before it closes. Well...no to the first...and pretty much no to the second part. Spicy tannins...cool raspberries...but it was hard work. As I only bought the one bottle...I will maybe never know.
Points 16




I have never found 'great' red wines in this part of Burgundy...I always find them straining to make it...and would rather take a step up and be sure.

One Knoll and Three Hirtzberger


The never ending 'stream' of Austrian whites...and the first offers the most instantly recognised property with THAT label...which takes us back to when many German properties had similar labels.

Emmerich Knoll Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria
The recently tried 2010 was more rounded and surpringly light for a Knoll.
This is equally good with yellow fruits...some banana...the Smaragd 'sweet' touch and some spicy almonds.
Points 17.25


Next up...a triple-pack from Hirtzberger
Franz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner
Smaragd Axpoint 2011
Wachau, Austria

Stone fruits penetrate the nose...some green apples...wet stone flavours...peppery spice...and a long finish. Delicious and a rebuy.
Points 17.5


I tried this with some spicy prawns...perfect...but with a couple of soft cheeses it went on strike.

Franz Hirtzberger Grauburgunder
Smaragd Pluris 2011
Wachau, Austria

Spicy smoke...well..that is what I thought...tho it doesn't make sense...exotic style...elegant palate and aromatics...
Points 17.25




Franz Hirtzberger Riesling
Federspiel Steinterrassen 2011
Wachau, Austria

This was placed 2nd in a Federspiel Cup...loads of stony fruit with minerals abounding...citrus and acidity....
Points 16.5





Monday, May 06, 2013

A Trip to Bavaria


My wife remembers a lovely holiday with a girl friend...many years ago...and we decided late last year to change our holiday destination for May to Bavaria.
The hotel, Haltmair am See in Rottach-Egern, was already fully booked from May to October...so we plumped for the last 2 weeks in April.

Saturday 20th April 

...finally arrived...and after a hectic week in the business, we set of at 9.30am. A 'Stau' just before Nürnberg (an accident...plus practically every motorist having a good look...what do they get from it?)and a short break to stretch and eat (Egg-Butties...an English speciality which my wife prepared the night before) and we arrived at 14.30.

Destination
It had been overcast the whole journey...and the mountains behind the town of Rottach-Egern were shrouded in mist. We unpacked...had a short walk, chose a Restaurant for sunday...and after a swim in the hotel pool...stayed in the apartment and I drank a couple of Bavarian 'light' beers. It had been a long day...

Sunday 21 April
Up at 8.30...a swim in the pool and down to breakfast...omelett and bacon...and took up coffee and some food for my wife. She was going to sleep on...so I set off to get a feel of the town...check a few eateries...and a few wine-lists ( you know me...you don't invest to don't get paid). The sun was competing with the mountain mist...and returning at 11 am...I sat out on the balcony...with a Siglo 1 and a good cuppa tea. Wife arrived at 12.30...sun disappeared at 13.00.
We drove across to Hotel Überfahrt...and asked at the entrance where we could park the car. 'Nowhere Sir...give us the keys and we will park it'. We sat in the foyer and had some coffee...and I booked a table for the coming Friday in the Italian restaurant...and took photos of the wine-list.

Back to Haltmair we got ready for dinner. It was cool ouside as the wind from the Tegernsee affected the temperature....but it is only 100 Metres to the 'Kirschner Stube'.


Kirschner Stube


It was bustling and busy...but we were given a nice table in the middle.
We decided not to take a main course...only starters...so my wife chose the 'Variation von roten Thunfisch mit Wasabimousse' and I the 'Pulpo mit Tomaten-Brotsalad'. Both were sizable...especially my Puplo. We took our time...and as we finished...could see that our second choice was on it's way!




'Gebratene Gänseleber an karamellissierten Birnen' landed in front of my wife and my 'Hausgemachte Tagliolini mit Sommertrüffel' resided before me. Both very good...and again sizeable...the Bavarians have good stomachs. The waitress apologized for the quickness and the head waiter said that next time they would do us smaller portions. We don't have Bavarian Stomachs!!!



Earlier that day I had chosen the wine...and ordered it on arriving. The correct label arrived...but when the waiter turned the bottle it was not the 2008 from the list...but the 2011. I decided to to take it...and the wine was poured. I raised the glass...apologized to Herr Pichler for the 'Baby Murder' and took a sip.

F.X.Pichler Urgenstein Smaragd 2011
Wachau, Austria

Surprisingly light...I caught this before it closes for a while...all packaged up and ready to go on a couple of years into wine space.
Points 17.25


We had by now...had a break...so I chose the cheese and my wife had her dessert.

We fell into bed...exhausted...

Monday 22 April
Dark, cloudy...the mountains shrouded in the mist...we slept on long into the day...my wife can do this but I find it difficult having to be up and in the office daily. A lazy afternoon...and as my wife would take a break from food...I was off again to the Kirschner Stube. Plan was to eat a Schnitzel and drink a beer.
Plan B became reality. No starter...just the bread with butter and a glass of

Potzinger Sauvignon Blanc 2011
South Styria, Austria

Didn't hurt...typical character...and a little over-price at € 13,. for a 0,2 glass
Points 14.5



As I like Rösti (Grated Potato) I chose the 'Filet von Weidenochsen mit gebratener Gänseleber, Kartoffelrösti and Marktgemüse'. Here and now...I will state....it was the best steak I have had in years. The knife cut into it like into butter...and the meat just melted in the mouth. I had asked the head waiter which of the open reds to try...and he said
Rings Das Kleine Kreuz 2011
Pfalz, Germany

A good choice...served in a large glass...deep colour...intense blackcurrant layered with some creamy vanilla....full flavoured...the tannins hidden round the back door. Great with a steak...same price as the white...much better value.
Points 16.25

Tuesday 23 April

We had breakfast...then I had a massage appointment (the old bones need help)
The weather forecast promised better weather so we took the 20 Km drive round the Tegernsee...then parked the car and walked along the lake.
Then back to the apartment and sat out on the balcony as the sun slid along it....warming us....before a cloud has us putting on a pullover...before the sun came out again.
As my wife had missed out the night before...we were off again to the Kirschner Stube....it seems so easy....100 metres...and there were things to try.





Second Schnitzel

Our head waiter had the evening off (Munich v Barcelona on TV?)
I had planned to drink a Gantenbein 2008 and had talked with the head waiter about it a few days before. The lady now dealing with the wine sent a waiter into the cellar. My plan was again bread...the the steak repeated. My wife wanted a starter and opted for the Jakobsmuchel...so I agreed on a small portion of the Edelfisch Suppe. SMALL!!!...as soon as I saw it...I was regretting it. The wine had still not arrived...and then the lady appeared saying they could not find it. I quickly ordered the Nelles...on the list...2009...and they brought it at once. Check the label Barry...ah ha...as if you knew...Vintage 2006. As I wanted a drink I said OK...and it was opened an poured.
Nelles Spätburgunder B 48 2006
Ahr, Germany

Losing it's sweet fruit...it is not aging well...with a slightly mouldy feel.
Not a bad wine...just not as exhilarating as the 2009 would have been.
Points 16
My steak was good...just not the surprise the first one had been. My wife chose the Schnitzel with Cucumber Potato Salat....that should read 'SCHNITZELS' as there were two. Now...I am a good eater...and it is commendable that a Bavarian Stube should offer large portions...but when we next come (yes..we will...as we know the system now)...it will be to ask for a starter to be halved.

The warm evening made the stroll back home a little longer.

Wednesday 24 April
HOT...we lounged all day...the balcony our 'home'...and decided on a meal of fresh bread, salami,tomatoes, quark and I opened a bottle of white that I had brought with me.
Franz Hirtzberger Grüner Veltliner
Smaragd Axpoint 2011
Wachau, Austria

Great balance...infantile...but who cares...as the sun went down...the evening cooled...so a glass was taken indoors...and we watched Dortmund take Real Madrid apart on the soccer pitch.
Points 17

Thursday 25 April


Wallberg Mountain
Another gorgeous day....wife off to the hairdressers...late afternoon the usual ritual of a swim in the pool followed by a sauna visit...things I have not done for years...then we had to decide where to eat.Tomorrow is planned...Saturday at Kirschner...we tried for Lois...but only bar seats...so we reserved for Sunday. We set off and would stop at the first that appealed.
COMMERCIAL BREAK...while we search.


Unlike most places you visit...the restaurants here have different closing days. Most are open Sunday and Monday. The one we chose on our walk is closed...on Thursday. DOH...unlike us to not reserve...so it was back towards the apartment...then we aarrived in front of Kirschner. We didn't want to continue our search so we walked in and they had a table free. We decided on the Tuna and the Pasta with Truffel...and the head waiter was back and said he had found the last bottle of Gantenbein 2008. Get it open I said...big glass...

Gantenbein Pinot Noir 2008
Switzerland

Great nose...and a very open palate...Gantenbein's Pinot tends to close after about a year...but this was ready for me and I for it. Thrilling creaminess and a tasty brittle tannin feel. The bottle was empty except for a small glass which I offered to my helper...the head waiter.
Points 18

Friday 26 April

We received visiters....my wife's best friend and her partner. They were on their way south for a holiday and we had told them to make a diversion and join us at the apartment and for dinner.
Il Barcaiolo is one of the restaurant's in the top hotel Überfahrt.
I had checked the wine list as I am no expert in wines Italia.

A friendly welcome as we entered the restaurant...and no problem ordering half portions in order to try various courses.

Fresh bread, olives and Chorizo were served while we browsed the menu.

Feudi Di San Gregorio Campanaro 2009
Campania, Italy

2008 was on the wine-list...only a wine-freak would notice...but it is something restaurants should take more care about. Fresh....nutty as it warmed...and a good acidity.
Points 14.5




Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Salco 2004
Tuscany,Italy

Superb deep colour...I tend to forget how other wines are...drinking so much Pinot Noir. This looked to have years ahead of it. The soft chewy tannins added to the Sangiovese fruit with a lively acidity lifting it through the food. So very Italian...
Points 16.5

Saturday 27 April

The four of us went down to breakfast...then the usual goodbyes...and they were off in their open-top Morgan...heading south.


                           Round to my local for the evening meal.




I was determined to eat Lamm...there had been a course on the menu...and surprise surprise...tonight they had 'Lammcarre mit hausgemachter Schlutzkrapfen and Ratatouille'.

As I had saved myself....no starter...the cheese board was ordered.

I asked about the Nelles B48 and if he had found the 2009. The list had now been changed to 2006. It seems my visits had shaken up things...and they had checked vintages. I mentioned we had been to the Italian Restaurant the night before...and not really found a 'wow' wine. I mentioned Pupa Pepu and was told it was the boss's favourite.

The lamm was perfect....but how was the wine?
Roberto Bellini Pupa Pepu 2003
Montalcino, Italy

A Super Tuscan....70 % Merlot and 30 % Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep opaque colour...but no worries about it being too young. Instant delicate creaminess from the glass...soft cherry aroma....red fruits...plums...and the 'legs' in the large glass always please me. It seems the name comes from Bellini's grandfather...who had a respectable moustache. He would be proud of this wine.
Points 17.25


Sunday 28 April
Dark day.
Sun Hours: None   
Sun Minutes: None  
Sun Seconds: None
I need the sun...so the day dragged on...but as I had booked a table for the evening I had to pull myself together.



A 20 minute walk and I arrived at the eatery 'Lois'. From the outside it looks like a Bistro / Cafe...and as you enter there is a long table with seating banks. Turning to the right...you enter a small room with a capacity 20 persons. I was led to the corner table. As my wife had a virus I was on my own.  The lady owner offered my a surprise menu...4 courses for € 48,--...and asked if I ate everything. If it's good...yes!




IT WAS GOOD.
All four dishes were beautifully prepared.
They had a range of wines by the glass (no vintages)...I opted for a bottle of GV and was told it would be perfect with all courses.
Knoll Grüner Veltliner Smaragd
Vinothekfüllung 2009
Wachau, Austria

Already a glossy feel...Knoll's Smaragd you could guess blind...but I was hoping I was not going regret drinking it young. No worries here...this is no heavyweight...stone fruits...pepper and tobacco...hidden diamonds...goes down like oil...with just a trace of sweetness.
Points 17.5


Monday 29 April
Too cool to walk for long...so we drove into the mountains and forests to take in nature.
Food...we just wanted something warm and early. The flowers along the road are blossoming at a fair old rate.


We usually turned right out of the apartment...but tonight it was left...100 metres along the lake is 'Egern 51'...and in we walked at 6.30 pm.


We managed to get a table near a roaring fire. I had checked the wine list...wines by the glass with no vintages...bottles no vintages...so I ordered 'a Helles Bier'. My wife said we needed a photo as proof.

I  started with some young...and very good...Calimari. My wife had the Carpaccio...
They have offers of special Steaks so I chose the Canadian version...and my wife finally got her Spargel (Asparagus) with a Schnitzel.

I decided to try a couple of glasses of red...and inquired of the vintages when served...Schneider's Ursprung Cuvee from the Platz was 2011!!!...and looked it...and the Cono Sur Carmenere 2010 was red...and charmless. The problem with open wines...how long have they been open? It would be unfair to criticise the wines on these two tastings.
We had got into conversation with the couple at the next table...they just ordered glasses of white. Me...I should have stuck with the beer. It was, however, a very pleasant unplanned evening...and  Haltmair sparkled in the night.


Tuesday 30 April
Would you believe it...the sun came out...and I was out on our balcony for a hour...in between...updating this report.
We had mentioned to the waiter at Kirschner that my wife loved Lobster.
They would do a Lobster menu for us.
True to their word...we arrived and were told it was still on.

I asked them if they could decant a white I had chosen...on the list...vintage 2009...and they said no problem. The waiter knew where the wine was...and as my wife and I settled into the evening...I saw him bring the bottle and open it. Show it me first I thought...but I decided to trust him. Wine decanted...and I tried it... and nodded. The decanter was placed in an ice bucket...and the empty bottle put on the table. I asked my wife to pass it to me to take a photo...and...you are guessing where we are going with this...checked the vintage. Now...it would be nice to say 2009...but it turned out to be 2010. No big deal regarding quality...and I am on holiday...just that if the food has to be correct according the the ingredients on a menu...so has the wine!
Terlan Sauvignon Blanc 'Quartz' 2010

South Tyrol, Austria
Classic gooseberry...apricots...creamy texture...minerals...slightly tarty which married well with the lobster.
Points 16.75

The Lobster menu was delicious!

Wednesday 1 May

A hazy warming First of May. I missed breakfast and wandered down to the lake to see the rest of a Brass Band Concert. Then across to Kirchner...sat outside and managed half of a massive portion of 'Geröstel' and a beer (Alcohol free). Back to the apartment..the sun still there...and a good Cigar! Ain't life wonderful?

                   A repeat visit to Lois...this time with my wife.
Eva-Maria

We decided to walk...and we were just caught by a dust wind before entering the restaurant. The rain followed as we sat down. Phew...that was close.
We were offered a menu again...but I was told it woud be different from Sunday. The first 3 courses really did not get top aproval from us...but my wife's eyes lit up when a Basilikum (Basil) Sorbet arrived before the meat course...which was also very good. She enjoyed the Foie Gras...and said so when the plates were removed. Five minutes later an 'extra' plate of just FG arrived. A nice touch.



The wine to help me through the evening was chosen. The M from F.X. Pichler 2010. The lady owner came with the bottle and turned it round to show 2008. Wrong vintage again...but this time...for the right reason. She knows a wine-freak when she sees him.
F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner M 2008
Wachau, Austria
This has closed up...maybe the 2010 would have been better drinking just now. However...no escaping the fact that the 2008 is a big wine...thick and firm...pepper...amd perfect balance. My thoughts went to a recent 10 year old version I have drunk...but this won't be around in Lois by then...I drank the last bottle.
Points 17.25



A taxi home...no point chancing the weather.

Thursday 2 May
Clouds, clouds, clouds...time to read and reflect.



We drove around taking in the countryside...checked out a 'Weinstube' for our next visit...then had some fresh bread and cold meats in the evening...oh...and a couple of local beers.



Friday 3 May
The previous day the elderly lady shopkeeper in Rottach had sniffed the air...and pronounced doom for the next few day...weatherwise.
As I woke...I saw glints of sun through the window. Up quickly...collected some food from the breakfast buffet...and at 10 am was out on the balcony...sun...wonderful sun. The photos show how the weather changes quickly here...with the mountains affecting the clouds.






The sun disappeared at 4 pm...and then came the storm. Lights went out...and we were told next day that the whole of the Tegernsee had been without electricity.
Back to normal an hour later...which must have been a relief to all women wanting to put on their face for the evening!



The Storm

Eva-Marie and the Menu
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The last evening...and I spontaneously called Kirschner Stube. No room in the restaurant...but a table free in the 'Wintergarten'. Very 'Oldly Worldly' and we ordered dishes we had already tried. Now...my wife has by now become wary whenever I order a wine...with all the wrong vintages. Strange that I had wwutten a couple of days ago that folk want what is on the menu. She orderd the Jakobsmuschel...with LOBSTER. What arrived was not lobster but a good sized prawn. We notified the waitress and they wanted to redo it...but we were ready to eat. They later charged appropriately. BUT...I had to smile..and said to my wife...'Maybe now you understand me and my vintages'

Celler del Pont Lo Givot 2005
Priorat, Spain

Deep colour...nose instantly appealing with traces of blackcurrant and cassis...14.5% surprised...as the wine is much lighter...spends 13/14 months in wood...and is a Cuvee from Granache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tannin approachable...and there lies the reason that the palate did not show too much...maybe still needing time. Begged for food to soften it.
Points 16.25


We shared a dessert to finish off the evening....then back to hopefully get a good night's sleep before the journey home.

Saturday 4 May
Up early...packed...breakfast...and off...weather OK until Würzburg when the heavens opened and stayed that way for an hour. The motorway was not an easy place. An hour before we arrived home the sky brightened...and we had warm sunshine on arrival. By the time the car had been emptied...so was I.
A great holiday...and we have booked for next year...a few weeks later in May in the hope that we get more constant weather.

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