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BERLIN, BERLIN – WHAT A HAPPENING TOWN

Plane food and average wine was the start of my 26 hour long haul to Germany. Surely we can’t be far off being put into stasis for long haul travel! Just saying, it seems so much better. But then again, when would I catch up on a truck load of movies that I never got to see in my real life! My average travel experience did a complete 180 once I landed in Berlin and Dr Frank Kautter (our distributor in Germany) met Trevor and I at the airport. Frank lifted the bar straight away with a fantastic dinner in the beating heart of this hip city – so full of culture and beauty. Day two and we were straight into tastings and appointments which…

THE BERLIN MUSE MASTERPIECE

Saturday was the first of our two German wine dinners this trip. We travelled to the former East Berlin and Frank guided us through what was once a very different East Berlin. It is very easy to forget that the wall which surrounded this part of Berlin only came down in November 1989. We arrived at the home of Muse Restaurant owner (as the restaurant renovations had not been finished in time). In true German ingenuity, Tobias catered for 45 people in his apartment in a nod to their old days of hosting top quality supper clubs in their homes! And he executed it with flare and finesse. Canapes followed by 5 courses matched to our wines, including good old Aussie lamb to match one…

MICHELIN STARS IN FELLBACH

Sunday is a day of rest in many parts of the world and the good people of Berlin really take this on board. No shops open and while out for a quick morning run at 8.00am there was not a soul was around. Monday found us back at the airport and off to Stuttgart and the home of Mercedes, Porsche and Bosch, to name a few of the big companies in this town. Business meetings here are right up my alley. Outside in the sunshine while sipping on the local wine Trollinger. Then it was on to Fellbach and the Michelin Starred Goldberg Restaurant and Wine Lounge for our second German Brockenchack wine dinner. Trev and I were treated like royalty by the 40 guests as they…

WINE TIME IN THE RHEINGAU

The day after the night before, but no time to linger… It was a quick breakfast, car packed and we were off to the Rheingau, Germany’s premium wine region. You didn’t think I would just work the whole time did you! We did a quick run north of Stuttgart on the Autobahn and clocking over 210kms an hour in our rental Ford station wagon… every soccer mum’s dream! Our first winery visit was to Schloss Johannisberg – the oldest Riesling vineyard in the world. Its historical documents note the first mention of its vineyards back in the year 817! But it was in the 1700’s that the entire vineyard was planted out with only Riesling – the first instance of its kind. This was Trev’s…