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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.

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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.

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This awesome dog greeted me as son as I stepped down from the car!
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Watched the guy tend the vines for a bit before we went to the tasting room.
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With the winemaker!
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Some of the wines that I tasted…

Then off to Rheinhessen and Schloss Johannisberg…
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What a nice place to hangout and drink wine in the spring!
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Jesuit vineyard across his house and tasting room…

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Sweet Rhodesian Ridgeback!
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Photo with the winemaker/owners! And the Rhodesian Ridgeback shaking my hand!
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We saw a little bit of downtown and had lunch in this great tavern.
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Schnitzel, anyone?
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I really love the charm of these small German towns. I’ve lived in big cities all my life so it’s really a great experience to be in these towns so different from the places I’ve lived in.
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After lunch, we went across the river to Mosel.

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Drove to Prinz Salm

Various slate/soil around the vineyards…

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Awesome underground tasting/function room…
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We went to their old house which was destroyed during the World Wars.
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We drove to the top of the Urzinger Wurzgarten gardens and the view was amazing!!

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Bud break…
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Packed slate/rock formation…

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From there, you can see something off. They are building a bridge through the landscape and the winemakers are fighting against it.

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Here’s one panoramic photo.
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We headed back down to make our appointment at Jos Joh Prum.

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With Katarina Prum!

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She served us an amazing dinner! Thank you, Katarina!

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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.

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