Wine and Food

Alexander van Dülmen


June 2015

Domaine Duclaux, Cháteauneuf du Pape, 2000

Cháteauneuf du Pape, Domaine Duclaux, 2000, Red-wine from France

4,5 points

This Cháteauneuf du Pape is from a winemaker family Quiot, which produces wine since 1748. They should know to make wine, and they do! Everything you like to know about them, you can find at their webpage:

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Pinot Noir, Unfiltered, Peth Wetz, 2012

Pinot Noir, Unfiltered, Peth Wetz, 2012, Red-wine from Germany

5 points

I experienced a very nice surprise when I recently had an unfiltered Pinot Noir from the winemakers Peth Wetz. It is a comparable young vinery since they started own production only ten years ago. Nevertheless the internet is pretty full of it; certainly not only because of good marketing and publicity (they have a very professional and self-reliant webpage) but because of the quality of their wines. I haven’t tried anything of Peth Wetz before I found a special edition of them among the summer selection of the degustation subscription of Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

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Heritage Varone, 2007, Petite Arvine, AOC Valais

Heritage Varone, 2007, Petite Arvine, AOC Valais, Varione Sion, White Wine from Switzerland

6 points

Main reason why so many of us know almost nothing about Suisse wine probably is the grade of dissemination. You cannot get it outside of Switzerland except in some specialized store and of course if you do some researches online. Another barrier is the high customs you have to pay for any Suisse product.

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Colledilà, Castello de Brolio, Chianti Classico, 2007

Colledilà, Castello de Brolio, Chianti Classico, 2007, Barone Ricasoli, Red-wine from Italy

6,5 points

Another brand of wine-producer Barone Ricasoli is Colledilà which is classic Chianti. Indeed this is one of the best Chianti I know. Introduced to me once by friend Billy Wagner I am keeping some bottles since a while in my cellar. The wine indeed grows while maturing. Just great stuff.

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Casalferro, Barone Ricasoli, 2000

Casalferro, Barone Ricasoli, 2000, Red-wine from Italy

5 points

Barone Ricasoli is one of the most prestigious vineries of Tuscany. According to Ricasoli’s webpage it is the oldest vinery in Italy as well as the biggest one in Tuscany. It doesn’t matter in my mind as their wines without any doubt belong to the best ones of Tuscany. Although I think the approach is a little bit too showily and even pretentious, it could be considered to be allowed because unbribable constant quality.

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Restaurant Rotisserie Weingrün, Berlin

Restaurant Rotisserie Weingrün, Berlin, Germany

5 points

Almost everywhere you can find chicken on a menu at a café, fast food place or any restaurant. Except it is an extraordinary location or perhaps Michelin Star restaurant the typical selection of chicken contains breast, filet and sometimes chicken wings. In Europe usually only Asians offer some different chicken dishes which could include meat of other parts of this ratite.

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Chablis, Etienne Rodier, 2013

Chablis, Etienne Rodier, 2013, White wine from France

1 point

Once a while I am curious about special offers of food chains as Rewe or Aldi; then I buy a bottle or two, just to try. To avoid any misunderstanding right away: I am not a dogmatic detractor of Aldi. Rather in the opposite, I think Aldi offers varieties of good stuff for reasonable prices.

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Bin No 0, Best’s Great Western, Shiraz, 1990

Bin No 0, Best’s Great Western, Shiraz, 1990, Great Western, Red-wine from Australia

7 points

Best produces great wine! Pretty presumptuous! But the truth is different: Best is the surname of the founder – John Best – of the vineyard and Great Western is a part of Central Victoria’s Grampians. Best’s Great Western is one of the most famous Australian vineyards ca. 200 kilometers west of Melbourne. Perhaps this is a bit confusing, but certainly curious.

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Nobu, Budapest

Nobu, Japanese Restaurant, Budapest, Hungary

6,5 points

Many of you have heard of the fashionable chain of modern Japanese restaurant and Sushi place called Nobu. The most of Nobus are in top metropolises as Los Angeles, New York, London, Moscow and Tokyo and many more but some selected ones are in rather different places as Istanbul or Johannesburg. Really surprisingly there is a Nobu in Budapest which is a beautiful city but certainly not a cosmopolitan town. Located at the Kempinski Hotel and owned by no one else than film mogul Andy Vajna this restaurant is exceptional and a pearl among Budapest’s gastronomical offers.

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B-52, Spätburgunder, Nelles, 2006

B-52, Spätburgunder, Weingut Nelles, 2006, Heimersheim, Red-wine from Germany

6,5 points

Recently I wrote a review about father and son Nelles and the newer wine called 1 Ahr: You can find a lot about the vinery if you open the link or even visit their webpage at

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Kaseler Nies’chen, Riesling Spätlese Trocken, 2012, Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier

Kaseler Nies’chen, Riesling Spätlese Trocken, 2012, Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier, White-wine from Germany

6 points

Again another wonderful Riesling of „the“ Riesling area Mosel! Even though I like to be precise. Kaseler Nies’chen is one of Germany’s top vineyard but actually at the valley of the small creek Ruwer which is an inflow to Mosel. A little bit similar to Scharzhofberg this hill belongs to the very top estates and is shared by several wineries. One of them is Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier which I recently introduced at So I haven’t to write too much anymore about the vinery itself.

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Björn, Nordic Cuisine, Restaurant

Björn, Nordic Cuisine, Restaurant, Moscow, Russia

6 points

Moscow is rich of interesting and good restaurants. I don’t know the reason why there isn’t any Michelin Star restaurant in Moscow. Sometimes I think this could have political reasons as there are very talented, creative and excellent chefs. I would say that there isn’t any other town in the world in which you find so many different, exclusively fascinating furnished, distinctly designed and decorated restaurants.

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