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

schiller-wine: Germany-South and Alsace 2018 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: Baden, Alsace, Pfalz and Rheinhessen - All Postings (Published and Forthcoming)

The Sun-Kissed South: Germany’s Pinot Noir, the Other Whites, the Culinary Regions - Germany-South and Alsace 2018 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: Baden, Alsace, Pfalz and Rheinhessen

Sekt: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Griesel&Compagnie, Sekthaus Streit, Bensheim, with Winemaker Rachele Crosara - Germany-South and Alsace 2018 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: Baden, Alsace, Pfalz and Rheinhessen

Lunch at 1 Michelin Star Restaurant Landhaus Feckl in Ehningen

The Evolving Structure of the Wine Industry in Germany – The Case of the Lake Constance Region

Schloss Salem at Lake Constance in Germany: A Museum, a School and a Wine Estate

Visit of Schloss Salem, Kirche Birnau and Weingut Markgraf von Baden - Germany-South and Alsace 2017 Tour by ombiasy WineTours

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Staatsweingut Meersburg in Meersburg, Bodensee

Cellar Tour and Massive Tasting at Weingut Ziereisen in Efringen, Markgräfler Land, Baden, with Hanspeter and Edeltraud Ziereisen

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

Dinner at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler, 1 Star Michelin, Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden - Germany-South and Alsace 2017 Tour by ombiasy WineTours

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Hunn in Gottenheim, Tuniberg, Baden, with Kilian and Martina Hunn

The World Class Wines of Alsace

In the world class white wine region Alsace

Tour and Tasting at Domaines Schlumberger in Guebwiller, Alsace - Germany-South and Alsace 2017 Tour by ombiasy WineTours

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Domaine Rieflé in Pfaffenheim, Alsace, with Paul Rieflé

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

Wine Tasting at Weingut Friedrich Becker – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Vineyard Tour and Massive Tasting at Weingut Siener in Birkweiler, Pfalz, with Owner/ Winemaker Peter Siener

Schiller's Favorite (Wine-) Restaurants in Deidesheim in the Pfalz, Germany

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

Schiller’s Favorite Wine Taverns in Mainz, Germany


Friday, June 1, 2018

UPCOMING Tours/ Wine Dinners/ Tastings - Annette and Christian Schiller/ ombiasyPR & WineTours/ schiller-wine, Germany, France, USA (Issued: June 1, 2018)

Picture: Annette and Christian Schiller - Visiting the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Region, Italy

Below is a list of the wine tours, wine dinners and wine tastings planned by Annette and Christian Schiller/ ombiasyPR & WineTours/ schiller-wine for the coming months.

For questions concerning the ombiasy wine tours please consult the ombiasy website.

For all other events please send me (cschiller@schiller-wine.com) or Annette (aschiller@ombiasypr.com) an e-mail.

June 2018

Germany, June 12 - June 21: 2018 Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See: ombiasy WineTours and UPCOMING Ombiasy Wine Tours in 2018 to Germany and Alsace (May/ June) and to Bordeaux and Burgundy-Champagne (September)

July 2018

August 2018

McLean, Virginia, August 12: Annual Riesling Party at the Schiller Residence in McLean. See: Annual Riesling Party at the Schiller Residence in Washington DC, USA (2017)

September 2018

Frankfurt, Germany, September: Tasting the Best of Virginia Wines in Frankfurt - Virginia Governor's Cup Case 2017. See: Tasting the Best of Virginia Wines in Frankfurt, Germany, with Stuart Pigott: Virginia Governor's Cup Case 2016

Bordeaux, France, September 4 - 13: 2018 Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See: ombiasy WineTours and UPCOMING Ombiasy Wine Tours in 2018 to Germany and Alsace (May/ June) and to Bordeaux and Burgundy-Champagne (September)

Bourgogne, France, September 20 - 30: 2018 Burgundy Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See: ombiasy WineTours and UPCOMING Ombiasy Wine Tours in 2018 to Germany and Alsace (May/ June) and to Bordeaux and Burgundy-Champagne (September)

October 2018

Rhône Valley, France, October 15 - 24: 2018 Rhône Valley Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See: ombiasy WineTours and UPCOMING Ombiasy Wine Tours in 2018 to Germany and Alsace (May/ June) and to Bordeaux and Burgundy-Champagne (September)

Washington DC, Friday October 26: German Wine Basics - Tasting with the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter)

November 2018

Buffalo, New York State, November 1 - 4: Germany, Burgundy and Alsace Tastings at the National Conference of the American Wine Society led by Annette Schiller. See: American Wine Society and The 2017 American Wine Society National Conference in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, USA: Seen Through Christian Schiller's Camera Lens

Session 1: A Journey through the Rhône Valley
Session 2: "Abbey Wines": The Importance of the Monasteries for the Development of Viticulture
Session 3: Pinot Noir in Burgundy/ France and Germany

Washington DC, Tuesday, November 6: German Wines in the 21st Century - Tasting at the Washington DC Wine and Cheese Seminar, led by Annette Schiller

Washington DC, Friday, November 16: Wine Tasting with Christian L. Stahl, Winzerhof Stahl, at the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter). See: Lunch with Christian L. Stahl, Winzerhof Stahl, Franken: Not only a Gifted Winemaker but also a Gifted Chef - Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

December 2018

January 2019

Frankfurt, Germany: Tasting Aged American Red Wines (Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot)


schiller-wine: Related Postings

UPCOMING Ombiasy Wine Tours in 2018 to Germany and Alsace (May/ June) and to Bordeaux and Burgundy-Champagne (September)

Ombiasy Wine Tours 2018: 3 x France and 3 x Germany - Ombiasy Newsletter December 2017

Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours: Wine, Art, Culture and History

Annual Riesling Party at the Schiller Residence in Washington DC, USA (2017)

Tasting the Best of Virginia Wines in Frankfurt, Germany, with Stuart Pigott: Virginia Governor's Cup Case 2016

Total Immersion in Bordeaux: World Class Wines and Exquisite French Gourmet Cuisine - Bordeaux Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours, France  

Burgundy (and Champagne) 2016 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: From Lyon to Reims - Wine, Food, Culture and History

Rhône Valley Tour December 2017: From Lyon to Avignon - Wine, Food, Culture, History

The 2017 American Wine Society National Conference in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, USA: Seen Through Christian Schiller's Camera Lens

Germany-North Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential German Riesling and the Northernmost Pinot Noir

Lunch with Christian L. Stahl, Winzerhof Stahl, Franken: Not only a Gifted Winemaker but also a Gifted Chef - Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ultra-premium Sekt: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Griesel&Compagnie, Sekthaus Streit, Bensheim, with Winemaker Rachele Crosara - Germany-South and Alsace 2018 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: Baden, Alsace, Pfalz and Rheinhessen

Picture: Sekt: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Griesel&Compagnie, Sekthaus Streit, Bensheim, with Winemaker Rachele Crosara - Germany-South and Alsace 2018 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: Baden, Alsace, Pfalz and Rheinhessen

The first stop of the 2018 Germany-South/ Alsace wine tour of ombiasy WineTours was in Bensheim, about an hour south of Frankfurt by car, at an up-and-coming Sekt producer, Griesel&Compagnie, Sekthaus Streit.

Pictures: Arriving at Griesel&Compagnie, Sekthaus Streit, Bensheim

Not well known outside of its borders, Germany is a sparkling wine country. The Germans love the bubbly stuff. The German market for sparkling wine is the largest in the world, with 1 out of 4 bottles of sparkling wine produced in the world consumed in Germany. Rotkäppchen-Mumm in Freyburg in the Saale-Unstrut region is the world’s second largest sparkling wine producer after Freixenet? Many Champagne Houses in France were founded by Germans, such as Krug, Bollinger, Heidsick, Deutz, Mumm, to name a few. See: French Champagne Houses and German Roots

Pictures: Griesel&Compagnie, Sekthaus Streit, Bensheim, with Winemaker Niko Brandtner

Sekt ranges from inexpensive entry-level sparkling wine to ultra-premium sparklers made in the
méthode traditionnelle, like Champagne. We visited a producer of ultra-premium sparklers, Griesel&Compagnie, Sekthaus Streit. Charming Assistant Winemaker Rachele Crosara was our host. We toured the cellar and had a tasting of the Griesel Sekt Portfolio.

Pictures: Cellar Tour

Sekt in Germany

Germany is one of the largest sparkling wine markets in the world, which is not well know around the world. Germans drink lot of sparkling wines, although in general less quality-conscious than the French. One out of four bottles of sparkling wine is consumed in Germany, roughly 500 million bottles. Sekt is made in all German wine regions, both in the méthode traditionnelle and charmat method. There are three groups of Sekt makers: (i) large and (ii) smaller Sekt houses, who only make Sekt and (iii) winemakers, who make predominantly wine, but complement their wine selection by a few Sekts. The Sekts produced by large Sekt estates tend to be in the demy-sweet and sweet range, while the Sekts of smaller estates and the wine makers are mostly in the brut and extra brut range.

Pictures: Traditional Hand Riddling and Modern Gyro-palate Machines at Geisel

There is a dozen or so large Sekt houses. Most of these large Sekt houses were established in the 1800s. At that time, there was only one method known to produce Sekt, the méthode traditionnelle. But in contrast to the champagne houses, the large Sekt houses have all moved to the charmat method as main method of the second fermentation after World War II. Like the champagne houses, Sekt houses do not own vineyards, but purchase the base wine from winemakers.

The smaller Sekt houses, like the large Sekt houses, do not own vineyards, but also buy the base wine from winemakers. They also tend to have a long history and often links to the champagne region, beautiful facilities and old cellars for the second fermentation and storage. The big difference is that they typically have not gone the route of tank fermentation but continue to ferment in the méthode traditionnelle.

Pictures: Tasting with Rachele Crosara

Increasingly, there is a number of top quality winemakers, who, in addition, to their still wines, have started to include Sekts in their portfolio. These Sekts are typically vintage Sekts, from a specified vineyard, made of specific grapes, often Riesling, in the méthode champenoise and with little or not dosage (brut or extra but). While the first fermentation typically takes place at the winery, the second fermentation is often not in the cellar of the winemaker but in the cellar of a Sekt house that bottle-ferments for other wineries.

Griesel&Compagnie, Sekthaus Streit

Griesel&Compagnie, Sekthaus Streit came into existence just a few years ago and already enjoys the highest accolades. In 2013 the Eberbach Abbey winery in Bensheim moved the production to headquartes in the Rheingau and the wonderful old, vaulted cellers under the Griesel mountain became available. Sekthaus Griesel came into existence. Vintner Niko Brandner started from scratch and could configure the Sekthaus exactly according to his knowledge and ideas. 

The April 2018 edition of the Decanter writes about the 2014 Griesel, Blanc de Noirs Brut: “This new discovery is seriously impressive, all the more so given that it’s only this talented producer’s second vintage. Made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, it has spent 24 months on lees before being disgorged……”

The Sekts Rachele Crosara Poured

Pictures: The Sekts Rachele Crosara Poured - Plus a Sparkling Hard Cider (Apfelwein)

Bye-bye

Thanks Rachele for a wonderful visit and tasting.

Pictures: Bye-bye

schiller-wine: Germany-South and Alsace 2018 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: Baden, Alsace, Pfalz and Rheinhessen - All Postings (Published and Forthcoming)

The Sun-Kissed South: Germany’s Pinot Noir, the Other Whites, the Culinary Regions - Germany-South and Alsace 2018 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: Baden, Alsace, Pfalz and Rheinhessen

Sekt: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Griesel in Bensheim, Hessische Bergstrasse

Lunch at 1 Michelin Star Restaurant Landhaus Feckl in Ehningen

The Evolving Structure of the Wine Industry in Germany – The Case of the Lake Constance Region

Schloss Salem at Lake Constance in Germany: A Museum, a School and a Wine Estate

Visit of Schloss Salem, Kirche Birnau and Weingut Markgraf von Baden - Germany-South and Alsace 2017 Tour by ombiasy WineTours

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Staatsweingut Meersburg in Meersburg, Bodensee

Cellar Tour and Massive Tasting at Weingut Ziereisen in Efringen, Markgräfler Land, Baden, with Hanspeter and Edeltraud Ziereisen

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

Dinner at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler, 1 Star Michelin, Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden - Germany-South and Alsace 2017 Tour by ombiasy WineTours

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Hunn in Gottenheim, Tuniberg, Baden, with Kilian and Martina Hunn

The World Class Wines of Alsace

In the world class white wine region Alsace

Tour and Tasting at Domaines Schlumberger in Guebwiller, Alsace - Germany-South and Alsace 2017 Tour by ombiasy WineTours

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Domaine Rieflé in Pfaffenheim, Alsace, with Paul Rieflé

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

Wine Tasting at Weingut Friedrich Becker – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Vineyard Tour and Massive Tasting at Weingut Siener in Birkweiler, Pfalz, with Owner/ Winemaker Peter Siener

Schiller's Favorite (Wine-) Restaurants in Deidesheim in the Pfalz, Germany

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

Schiller’s Favorite Wine Taverns in Mainz, Germany