Wine and Food

Alexander van Dülmen


January 2016

The Grand, Restaurant, Berlin

The Grand, Restaurant and Bar, Berlin, Germany

5,5 points

Being asked many times about the best steak house in Berlin I always miss to name “The Grand”. Maybe because it is somehow a “trendy” place for posers of film, music and fashion. This bar and restaurant belongs to hot spots where German celebrities as Til Schweiger party birthday or during fashion weeks hip fashion brands invite for exclusive, very cool events. Am I jealous not being a member of this VIP world or do I hate shallowness? Indeed, I do not like share my time with braggy cockalorums! And a part of The Grand’s target audience are such subjects which leaves one sometimes with an ambivalent feeling!

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Wiener Gemischter Satz, Rotes Haus am Nussberg, 2014

Wiener Gemischter Satz, Weingut Meyer, Rotes Haus, Nussberg, 2014, White-wine from Austria

6,5 points

First of all: Gemischter Satz comes along like a cuvee as it contains different sorts of grapes. Unlikely of a real cuvee Gemischter Satz means wine of different sorts of grape within the same sole vineyard. Mixed vines at only one parcels, harvest as well as pressed at the same time and place. If you like you could say the vineyard is the cuvee. This is mixted piece isn’t very common nowadays although it has been rather normal in the past.

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Riserva Mazon, 2006, Pinot Nero, Blauburgunder, J. Hofstätter

Riserva Mazon, 2006, Pinot Nero, Blauburgunder, J. Hofstätter, red wine from Alto Adige, Italy

6 points

Many months ago I already wrote about the vinery J. Hofstätter from Alto Adige. Please find all about it at Riserva Mazon, 2008

I recently opened the wine I describe but this time it was a 2006 vintage and a magnum. The wine was wonderful and confirms to me that 2006 was a great vintage for this region.

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Song Nu, Restaurant, Dương Đông

Song Nu, Restaurant, Dương Đông, Phú Quoc, Vietnam

5 points

Duong Dong – the little capital of the Southern Vietnamese Island called Phú Quoc is rich of live. Fishing, harbor and tourisms shall be the largest economic factors of the town. Consequently you can find either rather touristic places or more or less radical Vietnamese ones. Some few restaurants are attractive for both: local inhabitants and tourists which are ready looking for some other placese than directly at the beach.

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La Cantina, Restaurant, Melsungen

La Cantina, Restaurant, Melsungen, Germany

2 points

Once I am driving long distance I try to avoid having a brake at the most of Autobahngestätten / Fast Food stations along the highway. I rather take some exit on the way and get into smaller towns or even villiages for a restaurant or local inn.

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