Friends of Freiburg Uni-We Have Wine for You!

Friends of Freiburg Uni Alumni Baden wine lovers! Do you have your Salwey Pinot Trio for the June virtual wine tasting yet? Wunderwein is the only wine club dedicated to VDP wines, ships to 44 States and is on the way to being the Number 1 online German wine destination in North America. We have a trio with your name on it! Drop us a line for orders and read all about it here. Prost!

Want to Improve Your Baden Wine Tasting Skills? Memorize Aromas!

An expert in German Rieslings could have better “degustation” skills than a sommelier specialized in other wines and regions according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology – and we can all learn a few tips! While the reason sommeliers focusing on some wines fare better than those with expertise in other regions isn't clear, apparently, being able to successfully identify smells and flavors in wine is down to memorizing aromas rather than descriptive words like “stone fruit” or “smoky”. Sounds like it’s worth a try. Pass me the Spätburgunder!

The Taste of Kaiserstuhl…

Tenth-generation winemakers, the Berchers, have been tending the vines in Baden since 1457. Today, the family winery is located in the picturesque, historical town of Burkheimer Mittelstadt where owners Martin and Arne produce wine they describe quite simply as tasting “like Kaiserstuhl”. Their Pinot Gris, of Grauburgunder, especially shines, benefiting from the area’s volcanic soils. Find out more about the taste of Kaiserstuhl here.

Eat, Drink, and be Merry! (It’s About Time!)

Ready to hit the town again? It’s uplifting to see fine dining opening up again in New York after a touch-and-go year. Eric Ripert chef and co-owner of the exquisite Le Bernardin, speaks with optimism about what lies ahead for his Michelin 3-Star restaurant. We love the look of their tasting menu…and the wines are paired to perfection! Take a look!

There Was a Man Who Made Crisp, Bone-Dry Badens…

If you like your Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Muscats, and, of course, Rieslings "brut" dry, Joachim Heger is your winemaker! From his famed VDP vineyards (including some of the warmest in Germany) he turns out crisp, dry reds and whites - with the help of a young draft horse called "Willi". Curious? Read more here.

A Tale of Three Pinots…and an Amazing Offer!

From the sun-drenched hills of Baden’s Kaiserstuhl, come some of the region’s finest Pinots courtesy of iconic Salwey, one of Baden’s top producers. In an amazing one-off deal, we’re proud to offer a trio of their black fruit, savory Pinot Noir, citrusy Pinot Blanc (with delicate lees aging for a wonderful mouthfeel!), and last but not least, their signature fresh and deliciously complex Pinot Gris. If you’re a Pinot fan don’t leave it too long...check out our 3-bottle case offer here!

Asparagus and Baden: What’s the Connection?

Got a tasty asparagus dish on the menu and wondering what wine to pair it with? Well, you can take a look at the glorious wines of Baden for a start! Asparagus is fussy about what it shares your palate with and the likes of dry, smoky Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), full-bodied Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), and bright, floral Müller-Thurgau from Baden all fit the bill. Bon Appetit! Read more

We Love Baden!

With the glorious growing season upon us in Germany, we’re putting the country’s warmest wine region in the spotlight throughout the month of May. Baden is sun-soaked, bursting with bonhomie, and home to world-class Pinot Noir (known here as Spätburgunder) as well as Müller-Thurgau, Grauburgunder, Weissburgunder, and Germany’s signature grape, Riesling. Offering some of the fullest-body wines across the German wine regions, this month we’ll focus on top producers and other juicy snippets from this sunny region which has a wine history stretching back to the 12th century! Whether you’re new to Baden or an old-time fan, let’s begin by whetting your appetite with this feature by the Badischer Wein GmbH.

Wine Enthusiast Podcast: Germany’s Au Naturel Challenge

In cool-climate regions like Germany, with highly challenging weather and disease issues, making wines “au naturel” can be a risky proposition. And yet, many of the country’s winemakers are increasingly turning to such vine growing and wine production techniques. Read more...

Germany Introduces A New Wine Hierarchy Based On Geography

Interesting article in Forbes magazine about a new German wine law came into force. It introduces a new kind of hierarchy for German wines based on its geographic origin.