Friday, June 22, 2018

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Staatsweingut Meersburg in Meersburg, Baden, Lake Constance (Bodensee) - Germany-South and Alsace 2018 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: Baden, Alsace, Pfalz and Rheinhessen

Picture: At Staatsweingut Meersburg in Meersburg, Baden, Lake Constance (Bodensee)

We toured the ancient cellar and and had a tasting of the Staatsweingut Meersburg wines. Hanna Neuser of EcoCert and Consultant at Staatsweingut Meersburg was our host.

Picture: Lake Constance (Bodensee)

Staatsweingut Meersburg

Staatsweingut Meersburg is located in the small town of Meersburg just above the port of Meersburg on Lake Constance in the Baden wine-growing region in Germany.

Staastweingut Meersburg basically never changed ownership: it has always been in the hands of the rulers of Baden.

Wine production in Meersburg has been first documented in 1210. This year also marks the establishment of the Staatsweingut Meersburg. However in those days it was the winery of the Prince-Bishop of Constance who reigned over Baden. For 600 years the winery stayed in he hands of the Prince-Bishops.

A Prince-Bishop is a bishop who is a territorial Prince of the Church on account of one or more secular principalities, usually pre-existent titles of nobility held concurrently with their inherent clerical office. Thus the principality ruled politically by a prince-bishop could be wholly or largely overlap with his diocesan jurisdiction, but not necessarily.

Pictures: At Staatsweingut Meersburg

In 1802 Napoleon secularized all church properties and ownership changed to the Markgraf von Baden who was the ruling King of Baden in those days.

The Grand Duchy of Baden remained a sovereign country until it joined the German Empire in 1871. After the revolution of 1918, and the abolishment of the monarchy in Germany, Baden became part of the Weimar Republic as the Republic of Baden. The Republic of Baden as the successor of the Grand Duchy of Baden took over the winery (but it did not take over Schloss Salem, which became the private property of the Markgraf of Baden).

After 1945 Baden and Württemberg were merged to the Republic of Baden-Württemberg, which is the current owner of the Staatsweingut Meersburg.

The so-called Reithof complex today houses the sales office, the cellars and the estate administration. Also available on site is a restaurant and wine bar with a view of the lake and the Alps.

The beautiful wine cellar of the Staatsweingut Meersburg was built in 1720, when the Prince-Bishop of Stauffenberg (1658-1740) owned the castle. The white wines and blanc de noirs are slowly fermented at cool temeperatures, in order to retain their natural light, fruity character. The red wines are amtured in large oak barrels or in French barriques.

Pictures: Cellar Tour at Staatsweingut Meersburg

The vineyard area totals 62 hectares with holdings in the following sites: Bengel, Chorherrnhalde, Lerchenberg, Jungfernstieg and Rieschen (Meersburg – monopole holding), Olgaberg – highest vineyard in Germany at 520 metres above sea level (Hohentwiel), as well as Ritterhalde (Gailingen). The area is planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Traminer and Regent.

Pictures: Tasting

Dinner at Restaurant Bürgerbräu (Chef Simon Metzler) in Überlingen

The day ended with dinner at Restaurant Bürgerbräu - recommended by the Guide Michelin - in Überlingen. Chef Simon Metzler and his wife Katja run the place in the third generation. Chef Simon Metzler started his career with Chef Stefan Marquard, was the tour chef of the Rock Band "Die Toten Hosen" and worked for a number of years in Berlin, before returning home to Überlingen and taking over the family business.

We took one "final drink for the road" at Überlingen's in-place Zum Galgen.

Pictures: At Restaurant Bürgerbräu (Chef Simon Metzler) and Zum Galgen in Überlingen

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Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Martin Waßmer in Bad Krozingen, Markgräfler Land, Baden

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Cellar Tour and Massive Tasting at Domaine Rolly-Gassmann in Rorschwihr, Alsace, with Pierre Gassmann

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Domaine Pfister in Dahlenheim, Alsace, with Melanie Pfister

Dinner at 2 Michelin Star Restaurant Auberge du Cheval Blanc, Alsace

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Dinner Tasting at the Vinothek/ Wine Tavern of Weingut Bürklin-Wolf, with the Managing Director of Weingut Bürklin-Wolf, Steffen Brahner

Extensive Vineyard Tour and Tasting at Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl in Deidesheim, Pfalz, with General Manager Richard Grosche

Tasting and Cellar Tour at Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier/ Kühling-Gillot in Hohen-Sülzen, Rheinhessen, with Carolin Spanier

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Wagner-Stempel in Siefersheim, Rheinhessen, with Oliver Müller and Cathrin Wagner

Cellar Tour, Tasting and Lunch at Weingut Schloss Westerhaus in Ingelheim, Rheinhessen, with the Owners Countess and Count von Schönburg-Glauchau and Technical Director Toni Frank

Tasting at Weingut Knewitz in Appenheim, Rheinhessen

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Best Green Sauce (Grüne Sosse) in Frankfurt (2018), Germany

Picture: Owner/ Chef Willi Kehr of Zum Einhorn, Winner of the Green Sauce Competition 2018

Green Sauce or Grüne Sosse, is a sauce made of 7 specific herbs: parsley, chives, cress, sorrel, chervil, borage, salad burnet, chopped fine, and mixed with a combination of sour cream, yoghurt or creme fraiche, a bit of oil, vinegar, and mustard, salt and pepper and then served over boiled potatoes with 2 hard-boiled eggs.

Grüne Sosse can be a full meal with just the potatoes and the hard-boiled eggs. Frankfurter Schnitzel is a Schnitzel topped with Grüne Sosse. I like Grüne Sosse with roast beef.

You buy the herbs in white paper packets at any food store; they are widely available during the season.

Pictures: Grüne Sosse (Photos: tegus.de and Greenpinkorange.com)

The Winners in the 2018 Contest

Grüne Sosse tastes different in every restaurant as everyone seems to have his/her own recipe for it. Some chop the herbs with a knife, others us a blender or food processor; purists argue that is has to be chopped with a knife. Some also use mayonnaise, which I like, but not the purists. It may often have chopped up eggs in the sauce itself, which I like, but not everybody agrees with me.

The annual contest takes place over the course of a week in a large tent in the center of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, during the month of May. Every day, a day winner is chosen. On the last day, the six day winners compete in the final round for the overall winner and the 2 runners-up.

See also:
Best Green Sauce (Grüne Sosse) in Frankfurt (2015), Germany
Best Green Sauce (Grüne Sosse) in Frankfurt (2014), Germany

2018 Overall Winners

Winner: Gasthaus Zum Einhorn, Frankfurt Bonames, Alt-Bonames 2

Chef Willi Kehr and his wife Barbara took over the traditional Frankfurt Apple Wine Tavern from Willi's parents in 1990. The restaurant is in a timbered house that dates from 1549.

At the 2017 Green Sauce Competition, Zum Einhorn came in as #3. Zum Einhorn was the winner in 2013, after third place in the year before.

Zum Einhorn is also one of the Apple Wine Taverns in Frankfurt that still make their own applewine on the premises. Zum Einhorn's annual apple wine production is 25000 liters. See: Schiller's Favorites: Frankfurt Apple Wine Taverns that Make their own Apple Wine - Frankfurter Apfelweinlokale die noch selbst Keltern, Germany

Pictures: At Zum Einhorn

Second Place: Zum Lahmen Esel, Frankfurt Niederursel, Krautgartenweg 1

Traditional Frankfurt Apple Wine Tavern since 1807. The restaurant is in a timbered house.

Third Place: Apfelwein Adolf Wagner, Frankfurt Sachsenhausen, Schweizer Straße 71

Popular, traditional Frankfurt Apple Wine Tavern in Frankfurt's center of apple wine taverns, Sachsenhausen.

Picture: Ralf Wagner (Apfelwein Adolf Wagner), Christian Schiller and Werner Becker at Apfelwein Wagner, the Winner of the 2015 Grüne Sosse Competition. See: Best Green Sauce (Grüne Sosse) in Frankfurt (2015), Germany

Pictures: Frankfurter Schnitzel at Apfelwein Adolf Wagner (with Grüne Sosse)

Pictures: Christian Schiller with Apfelwein Adolf Wagner Chef Nico Hoffmann

Pictures: At Apfelwein Adolf Wagner

2018 Day Winners

May 12 2018: Zum Lahmen Esel (see above)

May 13 2018: Döpfner’s, Frankfurt Sachsenhausen, Schifferstraße 38-40

Fine dining restaurant.

Pictures: Hotel im Maingau, Christian Schiller, Chef Jörg Döpfner with his Father and his Son

May 14 2018: Apfelwein Wagner (see above)

May 15 2018: Gasthaus Zum Einhorn (see above)

May 16 2018: Restaurant Kastanie, Frankfurt Fechenheim, Leinwebergasse 4-6

Restaurant.

May 17 2018: Waldgasthof Gundelhard, Hofheim am Taunus, Münsterer Straße 65

Popular country inn.

May 18 2018: SG Bockenheim

Soccer club.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Lunch at 1 Michelin Star Restaurant Landhaus Feckl in Ehningen, with Chef Franz Feckl and Host Manuela Feckl - Germany-South and Alsace 2018 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: Baden, Alsace, Pfalz and Rheinhessen

Picture: Annette Schiller and Manuela Feckl at Landhaus Feckl

Our first meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant on the 2018 Germany-South/ Alsace wine tour by ombiasy WineTours was at Landhaus Feckl in Ehningen. Since 1987, for 31 years, Owner/ Chef Franz Feckl has been awarded a Michelin star every single year. In terms of comfort, Restaurant Landhaus Feckl has 3 folks in the Michelin Guide 2018, with a special reference to its excellent wine list.

We had a most delicious three-course lunch.

Restaurant Landhaus Feckl

This family-run cozy, rustic-chic Landhaus boasts of an exquisite restaurant. Chef and Owner Franz Feckl is well reputed for his creative ideas to perfectly combine regional Swabian cuisine with cuisines of other regions, i.e. the Mediterranean, Asia, France. His wife Michaela is a charming host.

Franz Feckl started his career as a chef with an apprenticeship at the Jägerhof in Mühldorf am Inn. In 1978, he joined the Tantris team in München for 2 years, first under Star Chef Eckart Witzigmann and later under Star Chef Heinz Winkler, both culinary icons. In 1985, he took over Schloss Höfingen in Leonberg as owner and chef and 2 years later was awared a Michelin star. In 2000, he moved on and opened Landhaus Feckl. There, he continued to be awarded a Michelin star every year for his outstanding cooking ...for 18 years now.

Pictures: Landhaus Feckl with Michaela and Franz Feckl

Michelin

Ein MICHELIN Stern: eine Küche voller Finesse – einen Stopp wert! Produkte von ausgesuchter Qualität, unverkennbare Finesse auf dem Teller, auf den Punkt gebrachter Geschmack, ein konstant hohes Niveau bei der Zubereitung.

The Tandem Rambler

...Landhaus Feckl, located in Ehningen, less than 30 km away from Stuttgart is an extraordinary place, not only thanks to their food. A family buisness, this place is ran by people completly devoted to their work, with great passion and commitment. Every guest is treated here not only with great respect but also with kindness which makes all the visitors feel at home. This is the feature we value the most and we are sure that we are not alienated in this opinion. It is a true skill to run such a sophosticated restaurant and serve such a refined food and at the same time make every guest feel at ease, relaxed and so very welcome.

The food served in there is prepared out of fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. The hotel has even a little herb garden on the rooftop. Fine dining at its best!

The staff and the owners of Landhaus Feckl are real professionals, they surely know how to run a buisness, what is a great service and what’s needed to make a restaurant and a hotel extraordinary. They are all very attentive and helpful. I would bet on anything that every guest leaving this place is pleased with their stay as much as we were...

3 Course Lunch 

We had a most delicious three-course lunch.


Amuse Bouche


First - Variation of Asparagus


Main - Fish or Meat


Dessert


Petits Fours


Guided Visit of Burg Hohenzollern

After lunch, en route to Lake Constance, we stopped a Burg Hohenzollern for a guided tour.

The Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern dynasty, from which the German Emperors and kings of Prussia came. The original castle was built in the 11th century, burned down several times, and was finally restored by both branches of the Hohenzollern family in the 19th century. For almost one thousand years it serves as temporary home for the family. It is still owned by the Hohenzollern family and home of Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia and Sophie Princess of Prussia. The castle sits on a hill high above the town of Hechingen and is visible from afar. Frederick the Great was buried here. After reunification Frederick's casket was moved to Sanssouci in Potsdam and he was finally laid to rest in the terrace of the vineyard of Sanssouci – in the still existing crypt he had built there – in accordance with his will.

Pictures: Visit of Burg Hohenzollern

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Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Martin Waßmer in Bad Krozingen, Markgräfler Land, Baden

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Dinner at 2 Michelin Star Restaurant Auberge du Cheval Blanc, Alsace

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Dinner Tasting at the Vinothek/ Wine Tavern of Weingut Bürklin-Wolf, with the Managing Director of Weingut Bürklin-Wolf, Steffen Brahner

Extensive Vineyard Tour and Tasting at Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl in Deidesheim, Pfalz, with
General Manager Richard Grosche

Tasting and Cellar Tour at Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier/ Kühling-Gillot in Hohen-Sülzen, Rheinhessen, with Carolin Spanier

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Wagner-Stempel in Siefersheim, Rheinhessen, with
Oliver Müller and Cathrin Wagner

Cellar Tour, Tasting and Lunch at Weingut Schloss Westerhaus in Ingelheim, Rheinhessen, with the Owners Countess and Count von Schönburg-Glauchau and Technical Director Toni Frank

Tasting at Weingut Knewitz in Appenheim, Rheinhessen

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