The German wines of today are different from the German wines of the postwar era through the 80s: “They’re not all white. They’re not all sweet. And they’re not all mass-produced,”
The August wine tour is not a sightseeing trip or a white-glove tour. “It’s not about your mother’s kind of wine. It’s not your mother’s kind of wine tour,” he added. Like any Road Tour worth the name, the Pinot wine trip will be brisk, fun and revelatory.
The wine tour is limited to a small number of participants. Information is available from Treasures of Europe Tours, at www.treasuresofeuropetours.com or by phone at +1 215 991 9892. Wine lovers, members of the trade, gastronauts and adventurers from North America, the U.K. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and around the world are invited to join the group.
The German Pinot Road Tour starts with a kick-off workshop and tasting in Mainz, led by scholar and wine critic David Schildknecht, who reviews German wines for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Over the following nine days, the tour will take the group off the beaten path, away from the tourist crowds, to the nooks-and crannies of the German wine trail.
The group will visit a remote valley in the Black Forest, an unusual vineyard with parcels on both sides of the German-French border, a small estate near Freiburg tended by an ardent “garage winemaker” who turns out magical Pinots, and a brace of up-and-coming family-owned Pinot vineyards in small villages tucked away in a faraway corner of Baden, in southwestern Germany.
In addition to top-flight Pinot Noirs (Spätburgunder in German), the group will also be sampling artisanal eats and tooth-to-tail specialties, including Saumagen, a soulful dish of sow’s stomach that pairs beautifully with Pinot Noir.
Wine enthusiasts and foodsters who sign up for the Pinot Road Tour while space is still available will get a rare preview of German NextGen Pinot Awesomeness in August.
Information is available from Treasures of Europe Tours (http://treasuresofeuropetours.com/
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