Wine Enthusiast Releases “Top Restaurant” List – and Pandemic Warriors Shine

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the hospitality sector hard which is why the Wine Enthusiast “50 Wine Restaurants We Love 2021” list is so inspiring. It shines the spotlight on restaurants across America that not only serve excellent food and top-tier wine but managed to harness the limitations imposed by the epidemic – and to overcome. From serving outdoors in the heat to QR-coded wine lists, using the talents of guest chefs to opening up relief kitchens, many adopted practices worked so well, they’re here to stay. COVID-19 meant that, in 2020, Wine Enthusiast…

If You Want to Help Flood-Stricken German Wineries, Here’s How

As clean-up operations begin in Germany and Belgium following deadly flooding that has shocked the world, renowned wine critic and writer Jancis Robinson is hosting an appeal spearheaded by German wine specialist Michael Schmidt for donations to help vintners who have been badly affected by the disaster. Producers in the Ahr region, in particular, have been very badly hit by the deluge which started a week ago and has not only wreaked havoc but claimed nearly 200 lives. We have full details about the scale of the damage to Ahr vintners, how the…

VDP Weingut Kreuzberg Wins “Best in Show” at Decanter World Wine Awards

Congratulations to VDP Weingut Kreuzberg in Ahr for its “Best in Show” at Decanter World Wine Awards win in London. Its “harmonious and beautifully vinified” Devonschiefer R Reserve Spätburgunder garnered 97 points at the prestigious competition emerging as one of 50 wines from around the world to take the accolade. A great showing for Kreuzberg and for German VDP wines! Cheers!

Have Your Own Strausswirtschaft Moment!

You don’t have to look too far in Germany to find a Strausswirtschaft, a cozy, informal tavern that serves impromptu local grub and refreshing, delicious regional wines. You can come across such a spot on a hike in the countryside, in the city, or along the waterside, each boasting a familiar and unique atmosphere. If you’re going to be in Germany any time soon, we recommend you seek out these comfy, welcoming places and order a glass. If not, you can recreate the Strausswirtschaft ambience yourself with some good music, some tasty snacks,…

Prost Every Moment! A Celebration of German Wine

Hope you’re enjoying the Wines of Germany USA Prost Every Moment Campaign held to encourage consumers to make the most of every moment big or small with a fine German wine – be it Riesling, Spätburgunder, Pinot Gris, or an array of cool climate wines. The campaign includes everything from an information hub and quiz for perfect pairing discoveries to promotional events across the US. How about pairing Riesling to perfection with tasty recipes like Seared Scallops with Apple Slaw and Lemon Butter Sauce dish? Whatever you’re celebrating…Prost!

Pair It!

Wines of Germany, Canada is putting the iconic Riesling grape in the spotlight with its annual ‘31 Days of German Riesling’ program held coast-to-coast in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, and Calgary throughout the month of July. Venues are putting on bespoke events that put the versatile German Riesling grape in the spotlight so get ready to head to independent wine merchants for seminars held by celebrity wine educators and to select restaurants for dishes specially prepared for pairing with Riesling. It looks like there’s some fine cuisine on the pairing menu as seen…

German Wines Shine at China Wine Competition

The prestigious WINE100 Competition in China has announced details of the 2021 winners and, German wines have scooped three of the top spots marking a first for the event! VDP Ahr member Weingut Burggarten won not one, but two awards with its 2018 Spätburgunder “Walporzheimer Kräuterberg”: “Best Red of the Year” & “Best Wine of the Year”. Not a VDP member but a winner just the same, Weingut Kerpen from Mosel won “Best White of the Year”. The German wins mark the first time in WINE100’s ten-year history that labels from a single…

Congratulations! Wine Spectator Grand Award Class of 2021

Wine Spectator has announced its 2021 Grand Award-winning restaurants with extraordinary wine programs. Le Bernardin in New York, Brennan’s in New Orleans, and Single Thread Farms in California’s Sonoma County are this year’s winners bringing the grand total around the world to 97. Congratulations from Wunderwein to the winners!

Beating Burgundy!

Many wine lovers are big Burgundy fans, but the price tags from this iconic area can veer toward the stratospheric side! Thankfully, there’s plenty of excellent-quality and great-value Pinot Noir from further afield with German wine regions making their mark on the palates of this grape’s fans. In fact, Baden’s VDP Bernhard Huber has beat top-tier Bourgogne producers in blind tastings…

Franken Culinary Specialties

From bratwurst to potato dumplings, cabbage and asparagus dishes to an array of cheeses, gingerbread to sweetbreads, Franken has its own unique cuisine to go with its wine. If you’re looking for ideas for food pairings, you’ve come to the right place!