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Wines of the Mosel – with St. Urbans-Hof

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Viticulture has been taking place in the Mosel since the Romans brought cultivated grapevines here two millennia ago. It turns out the region’s unique geologic and climatic conditions are perfect for growing great Riesling along the Mosel and its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer. The cool continental climate, the slate soil, and the steeply-hilled topography all work together to produce beautiful Riesling.

For generations the Weis family has been making wines in Leiwen. Nik Weis’ great-grandfather owned a top parcel within the Laurentiuslay, widely acknowledged as the best vineyard of Leiwen. Nik is the proprietor of the winery today. In the 1990s, he bought more unreconstructed (pre-flurbereinigung) parcels of Piesporter Goldtröpfchen and, in 2001, the Saarfeilser Marienberg. His marriage to Daniela, a native of the Mosel wine village of Mehring, added a parcel from that village’s Blattenberg vineyard.

Join us as we talk with Nik Weis about the region and the history of the Mosel, and of course the Riesling grape.

For more info:

St. Urbans-Hof: www.urbans-hof.com

Sponsor: Best Wines Online: www.bestwinesonline.com

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Riesling from the Mosel – with S.A. Prüm

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The Mosel is one of 13 German wine regions and takes its name from the Moselle River. Before August, 2007 the region was called Mosel-Saar-Ruwer after the eponymous three river valleys. While it is Germany’s third largest in terms of production, it is the leading region in terms of international prestige. Known for its steep slopes, the region’s vineyards overlook the river and are famous for its wines made from the Riesling grape. Because of the northerly location of Mosel, the Riesling wines are often light, low in alcohol, crisp and high in acidity.

Here in the Mid-Mosel, the Prüm family has owned vineyards in the towns of Bernkastel, Graach, Wehlen and Zeltingen since 1156. Founded in 1911 by Sebastian Alois Prüm, S. A. Prüm has been guided by Raimund Prüm, head winemaker and Sebastian’s grandson, since 1971. Today, the estate comprises 40 acres of vineyards planted principally with Riesling. Over 15 acres of S.A. Prüm’s holdings are located within the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr (“sundial of Wehlen”) domain. Named for the historic sundial painted on an outcrop of slate by a Prüm ancestor back in 1842, the incredibly steep Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is a renowned source of what is arguably Germany’s finest Riesling. Here vines average 80 years and older and benefit from plentiful sunshine – a critical factor in the world’s northernmost wine producing country. The soil is comprised of layers of finely decomposed, mineral-rich blue slate. Underneath, deep-lying aquifers provide the vines with adequate water during dry periods.

Join us as we talk with Raimund Prüm, and his wife Pirjo Oksanen-Prüm, about S. A. Prüm, and the many faces of Riesling from the Mosel.

For more info:
S. A. Prüm: www.sapruem.com/

Palm Bay International: www.palmbay.com/sa-prum.htm

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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The Wines of Alsace – with Florian Beck-Hartweg

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Beck-Hartweg in Dambach-la-Ville is one of the historic domaines of Alsace. Building on a long tradition of family winegrowing that began in 1590, the reins now belong to young Florian Beck-Hartweg.

As you might expect, Florian makes his wines in the vineyard. Growing Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir, his overall goal is to create a balanced vineyard with low vigor vines, biodiversity resulting in a natural yield reduction. The results are wines that are very consistent, with terrific minerality, concentration and presence in mouthfeel.

Beck-Hartweg has a mere 5.5 ha (1 hectare = 2.47 acres), out of which 1.5 ha is on the Grand Cru Frankstein vineyard. Although the Grand Cru Frankstein vineyard covers 56 ha, it is divided into four separated, but very similar, south-facing parts. The bedrock here is granitic and the soils are sandy, well-drained and capable of producing elegant, complex, fruity wines with purity and marvelous acidity.

In the last several years, Florian has gained a solid reputation among lovers of wines from Alsace as a skilled, progressive and communicative representative of the future of Alsace. Join us as we talk with Florian about the family heritage, his wine-growing methods and wine-making style, and his philosophy concerning the Alsace AOC and its wines.

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Florian Beck-Hartweg Wines: beckhartweg.free.fr/

Sponsor: Best Wines Online: www.bestwinesonline.com

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Three Days in the Rhine River Valley – Day 3

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GrapeRadio Host Brian Clark spends three days in Germany’s Rhine River Valley. This media/press trip was sponsored by the German Wine Institute and the European Union for its Destination Riesling program.

Join him as he travels to some of the most popular wine destinations in the Rheinhessen, Nahe and the Rheingau Regions.

Day Three Itinerary: (The Rheingau Region)

Domdechant Werner’sches Weingut -
(Hosted by Dr Franz Werner Michel): www.domdechantwerner.com
Weingut Künstler (Hosted Günter Künstler): www.www.weingut-kuenstler.de
Weingut Josef Leitz (Hosted by Josef Leitz): www.leitz-wein.de
Schloss Reinhartshausen (Hosted by Walter Bibo): www.schloss-reinhartshausen.de

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German Wine Institute: www.deutscheweine.de
Wines of Germany: www.germanwineusa.com

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Three Days in the Rhine River Valley – Day 2

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GrapeRadio Host Brian Clark spends three days in Germany’s Rhine River Valley. This media/press trip was sponsored by the German Wine Institute and the European Union for its Destination Riesling program.

Join him as he travels to some of the most popular wine destinations in the Rheinhessen, Nahe and the Rheingau Regions.

Day Two Itinerary: (The Nahe & Rheingau Regions)

Weingut Dönnhoff (Hosted by Hermann Dönnhoff): www.doennhoff.com
Weingut Jakob Schneider (Hosted Jakob Schneider): www.schneider-wein.com
Weingut Schloss Schönborn (Hosted by Peter Barth): www.schoenborn.de
Schloss Vollrads (Hosted by Dr Rowald Hepp): www.schlossvollrads.de

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German Wine Institute: www.deutscheweine.de
Wines of Germany: www.germanwineusa.com

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Three Days in the Rhine River Valley – Day 1

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GrapeRadio Host Brian Clark spends three days in Germany’s Rhine River Valley. This media/press trip was sponsored by the German Wine Institute and the European Union for its Destination Riesling program.

Join him as he travels to some of the most popular wine destinations in the Rheinhessen, Nahe and the Rheingau Regions.

Day One Itinerary: (The Rheinhessen and Nahe Regions)

Weingut KF Groebe (Hosted by Friedrich Groebe): www.weingut-k-f-groebe.de
Weingut Wittman (Hosted by Philipp Wittman): www.wittmannweingut.com
Weingut Strub (Hosted by Walter Strub): www.strub-nierstein.dea>
Reh-Kenderman (Hosted by Dr Roman Barvulsky):
www.reh-kendermann.de
Weingut Tesch (Hosted by Martin Tesch): www.weingut-tesch.de

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German Wine Institute: www.deutscheweine.de
Wines of Germany: www.germanwineusa.com

Fellow Journalist on the Press Tour:

Michael Cervin: www.michaelcervin.com
Gregory McCluney: www.wine.appellationamerica.com
Becky Sue Epstein: www.beckysueepstein.com
Marissa D’Vari: www.awinestory.com

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