Tag: wine

I like to think that Rick Steves knows his stuff, but WOW. How did this not make the “Germany” guidebook? Sorry Rick, you totally missed the mark on this one. Bernkastel is far better than Beilstein, Cochem and (presumably) Zell—the villages featured in the Mosel Valley section of your book. (Granted we didn’t visit Zell. But then it didn’t exactly get a glowing write-up in…

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Cochem is the biggest village in the Mosel Valley. To me, it’s also the least charming. Sure there are plenty of places to shop, eat and sample that great Mosel wine, but Cochem felt, I don’t know, used and tired. Maybe it was the gray, rainy weather. Maybe because it was the last place we visited. It certainly didn’t rival the bright-shininess and enchantment of…

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Beilstein is all that you expect Germany to be, minus the lederhosen. It’s postcard Mosel—half-timbered houses, narrow cobblestone streets, wine shops and outdoor cafes nestled beneath rolling vineyards and hill-top castle ruins. We spent the afternoon in Beilstein after visiting Burg Eltz. It’s a cute little town, with emphasis on LITTLE. It’s tiny. Personally, I prefer Bernkastle (it’s just as picturesque and considerably larger), but…

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We spent a week in the Mosel Valley at the end of May. This was someplace I’d wanted to visit since we moved to Germany three years ago. I’d only seen it from the autobahn. I’d later learn what I was looking at was actually the Rhine Valley. The Mosel and Rhine are two separate rivers (they converge at Koblenz), but from the autobahn they’re…

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Sanddornwein

Posted by January 1, 2011

So I bought this sanddornwein at Norma (grocery store). Sanddorn = sea-buckthorn (a.k.a. sand thorn). Sea-buckthorn is a thorny shrub that grows across Central Europe and Asia. The plant has small yellow-orange berries (think holly berry size) that are rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, amino acids and other good stuff. Sanddorn juice is popular in Germany and Scandinavian countries. The wine is not bad….

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