This Week's Magic Monday Deal

When you think of delicious, gulpable Pinot Noir, you probably don't think of Germany. But maybe you should?

After all, Germany started growing Pinot Noir about the same time as Burgundy, and at the same hands: Cistercian monks, who had the patience to spend decades or centuries sussing out the best vineyard plots and matching them with the perfect grape varieties.

Weingut Peter Querbach is located in the Rheingau, where they call Pinot Noir 'Spatburgunder'. 'Spat' = late, and that's what Pinot needs in this northern climate. Consequently, it's planted in the sunspots of the Rheingau, like Ostereich-Winkel, where Querbach is located.

Peter Querbach farms sustainably, harvests by hand, and ferments without commercial yeasts. The wine 'settles' in stainless steel vats, aging on its lees for added richness. The result is a lithe, sinuous flirt of a wine, with notes of strawberry and cherry topped with a hint of forest floor. Grace notes of cinnamon and herbs weave their way in and out, leading to a silky-smooth finish. It's a lovely wine, and an even better bargain, especially with 10+ years of bottle age. German 'Burgundy'-who knew?

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Notes From All Over



The coming of a New Year is always a good time to sit back and reflect on the months just passed. What was good? What was REALLY good? Typically, this results in a list, and we won't buck that trend. We will, however, ask for your input.

One of best parts of my job is finding incredibly tasty new discoveries to share with you. There were a LOT this year. I could easily list a hundred or so. But after extensive editing, and in no particular order, my Top Ten for 2013:

10. Pedroncelli Cabernet.
How can $12 taste this good?


Slog through 4 different malls to find the exact combination of color and size that your teenager requested. Bake cookies. Clean the house. Wrap the presents. Replace the lights that worked last year, but don't now. Pick Grandma up from the airport-in a huge traffic jam. Re-clean the house. Run out to buy gifts for 2 people who unexpectedly gave you gifts. Get a hostess gift for the neighborhood gathering. Drop off your Toys for Tots and Food Pantry donations. Deliver all the teacher gifts. Hit the grocery store for your holiday meal.

If Bottles Could Talk...
If Bottles Could Talk...

Seriously, what if the bottles could tell you about their contents? It would be a wild cacophony of languages and dialects. (And since we have so many French and Italians, they'd all be talking at once...!)
But personally, I'd like to hear the Armagnac section. "Psst, you there.....yes, you, ze wine lou-vair, do you want to try something amazing, something incroyable? I am ze best-kept secret in the world of spirits! "