Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wine-pairing Dinner at Scharffs Schlossweinstube (1 Star Michelin) and Weingut Kassner-Simon, with Chef Martin Scharff and Owner/ Winemaker Willi Simon, Heidelberg, Germany

Pictures: Annette and Christian Schiller with Chef Martin Scharff, Scharffs Schlossweinstube, and Willi Simon, Weingut Kassner-Simon

This year, Collegium Vini, an association of winelovers in the Frankfurt am Main region, had the final event of 2016, the Holiday Dinner, at Scharffs Schlossweinstube in Heidelberg. Chef Thomas Scharff prepared a wonderful 4-course menu. Winemaker/ owner Willi Simon of Weingut Kassner-Simon in Freinsheim in the Pfalz region poured and introduced us to his excellent wines. The dinner was preceeded by a tour of the Heidelberger Schloss.

Scharffs Schlossweinstube

Scharffs Schlossweinstube is a 1 Star Michelin Restaurant located right in the middle of the Heidelberg castle. You dine and wine at 1 star Michelin level in the famous Heidelberger Schloss.

Pictures: Restaurant Schlossweinstube

Michelin Guide: This restaurant is situated in the midst of the world famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle. It boasts various historic dining rooms and a lovely terrace with a view of the castle courtyard. In the kitchen Martin Scharff works alongside a talented chef who combines a modern culinary style with sophisticated presentation.

Martin Scharff

Martin Scharff was awarded a Michelin star at age 27, when he was the Chef at Restaurant Hotel Eisenkrug in Dinkelsbühl (between 1991 and 2001). Since then he has been awarded a Michelin star for 25 consecutive years. When Chef Martin Scharff received the Michelin star for the first time, he was the youngest chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant in Germany.

Pictures: Chef Martin Scharff and Christian Schiller

In 2012, Martin Scharff took over the various restaurants of the Heidelberger Schloss, including the Schlossweinstube.

Pictures: Chef Martin Scharff and Klaus Schubäus, Collegium Vini

Martin Scharff is also known for providing the catering for the Berlinale and the Bambi Awards. In the earlier years of his career, he also worked with Jörg Müller in Westerland and Harald Wohlfahrt in Baiersbronn.

Pictures: Chef Martin Scharff with Annette and Christian Schiller

Weingut Kassner-Simon

Weingut Kassner-Simon is a 1 grape Gault Millau Weingut in the Pfalz. The vineyard area totals 16,5 hectares. Weingut Kassner-Simon came into being in 1949, when Mathilde Kassner married Willi Simon. Today it is run by Thomas Simon. Weingut Kassner-Simon has 1 grape in the Gault Millau Guide.

Pictures: Willi Simon, Weingut Kassner-Simon, with Annette and Christian Schiller

Sommelier Onel-Onelio Mordes y Fernandez (who was borne in Cuba) selected the producer: We like to show hidden gems, wineries that are not yet in the limelight but produce top level wines. That‘s why we chose Weingut Kassner-Simon for this event.

Tour of the Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle is one of Germany‘s most famous castles. In fact, it is a ruin, because the castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. The earliest castle structure was built before 1214 and later expanded into two castles circa 1294; however, in 1537, a lightning-bolt destroyed the upper castle. The present structures had been expanded by 1650, before damage by later wars and fires. In 1764, another lightning-bolt caused a fire which destroyed some rebuilt sections.

Pictures: Pre-dinner Tour of the Heidelberg Castle

Dinner at Schlossweinstube

2009 Weingut Kassner-Simon Riesling Sekt brut

Amuse Bouche

Amuse bouche

Variationen von Stubenküken und Gänseleber an Alblinsen-Apfel-Vanille-Salat mit altem Balsamico und Feldsalatsprösslingen

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2013 Weingut Kassner-Simon Riesling Spätlese Trocken „Gross“ Freinsheimer Oschelskopf

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2012 Weingut Kassner-Simon Rieslaner Beerenauslese Freinsheimer Oschelskopf



Picture: Gerda Machau, Collegium Vini, and Sommelier Onel-Onelio Mordes y Fernandez, Scharffs Schlossweinstube

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