Wineries Jülg and Odinstal are new members of the VDP

Congratulations! The wineries Jülg in Schweigen-Rechtenbach and Odinstal in Wachenheim are now members of the VDP. This was decided by the current members of the VDP.Pfalz at one of their meetings on March 30th 2021. This press release is in German.

Top German wine deal, 50% off on Wünder Spätburgunder Grosses Gewächs, Ahr, 2015 (only available to members of the GACC)

Get a 12-bottle case for $420 ($35 per bottle instead of $70). This Spätburgunder is one of the finest of the premium wines from the steep sites of Weingut Nelles. A truly noble Grand Cru Spätburgunder with powerful oak, aromas of wild red fruit, a hint of vanilla, delicate winter spices with fresh acidity and well-integrated tannins. 13.5 % ABV. Members of the German American Chamber of Commerce can subscribe below to redeem this exclusive offer.

5 Facts on Pinot Noir that You Should See

Why is Pinot Noir so darn special? Great piece by our favorite wine blogger, Madeline Puckette!

Eleven Madison Park Auctions Private Preview Dinner for Charity

Very cool initiative that Julie Harans reports on today in Wine Spectator. The private dinner has a starting bid of $50,000 and is available for up to 14 guests, who will get to preview the new menu before the restaurant eventually returns from its pandemic-related closure in March 2020. 

Investing in fine wine is nothing new. But an app is now making it more accessible

Wine has outperformed the S&P for the past 30 years, including during downturns. This article explores a new app, Vinovest that is trying to leverage this opportunity.

Why You Should Explore The World Of German Pinot Noir Wines

Joseph V Micallef writes in this Forbes article about our favorite topic and interviews Romana Echensperger, MW, one of Germany’s leading authorities on Pinot Noir. Germany offers the most diverse soil types of any Pinot Noir producing region, and an array of indigenous Pinot Noir clones mostly available only in Germany. But much of Germany’s Pinot Noir production is still mainly consumed domestically.

US suspends wine tariffs in EU truce

There were sighs of relief on both sides of the Atlantic after US trade officials suspended the added wine import tariffs on certain French, Spanish and German still wines for four months! Great update by Decanter’s Chris Mercer from Wednesday 3/10/21.

Gold Medal 2020, 90 Points

These were the tasting notes from our Wünder Pinot Noir 2015 vintage from the 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards: Fresh herbal aromas with mushrooms, moss and dried leaves. The palate is pure red fruit with flavors of cherry, strawberry and red plum. A slightly bitter stemmy note persists on the finish, adding complexity.

Sommeliers Choice Awards 2021

We have entered the Sommeliers Choice award for this year after we won a Gold Medal for our own brand Wünder in 2020. Here is an overview of the Judges on the Panel for this year’s competition.


Inspired by European gastronomie and the great regional wines, meats, cheeses and other artisanal delicacies traditionally produced in Europe but also increasingly in California, Park 1039 is a gourmet market, wine shop and restaurant located in downtown SLO.