The story of how I got into the world of wine is pretty simple.
I went to the CIA, not knowing a single thing about wine, except that my parents drank it occasionally, and that it tasted like awful grape juice.
I entered my wines class, scared shitless, but came out at the end on top, and newly converted.
Professor Weiss actually used Brachetto D’Acqui to convert me (paired with a chocolate tart) but the wine I fell in love with was really a German Riesling.
From then on, I dreamed about going to Germany.
7 years later, I finally made it!
I arrived in Frankfurt and my host Wilhelm picked me up and we drove straight to Rheingau for my first tasting.You know Wine tasting is serious business when you head straight from the airport to your first tasting at Weingut Knyphausen.
The right side of the photo is dirty because that’s what you get when you step out of a plane into wine region and get super excited that you forget to check your camera.
Some of the wines that I tasted…
Jesuit vineyard across his house and tasting room…
After lunch, we went across the river to Mosel.
Drove to Prinz Salm…
Various slate/soil around the vineyards…
We drove to the top of the Urzinger Wurzgarten gardens and the view was amazing!!
Packed slate/rock formation…
From there, you can see something off. They are building a bridge through the landscape and the winemakers are fighting against it.
We headed back down to make our appointment at Jos Joh Prum.
With Katarina Prum!
She served us an amazing dinner! Thank you, Katarina!
And with that, I was pooped…and jetlagged.
Germany Day 1 was an amazing experience. Couldn’t wait for Day 2.
But first, some much needed rest at a quaint B&B.