The secret highlight of the Rheingau Gourmet & Wine Festival:
“House and kitchen party” at the Hotel Kronenschlösschen

Eltville, March 10, 2019

The event is supposed to start at 7pm. But we arrived a bit earlier (to shoot some of the nice mood pictures below for you guys). Immediately when we enter the beautiful Hotel Kronenschlösschen in Eltville, we can sense the high level of excitement in the room. Everything has been prepared since hours and even days. Great wines in the coolers all over the place. Michelin Star chefs everywhere getting ready with their fantastic teams. It is still silent, but full of super contagious energy.

It is the secret highlight of the so-called Rheingau Gourmet & Wine Festival. Two amazing weeks in the beautiful Rhine region of Germany. Some of the best German Rieslings come from here. And they are all celebrated in this great event. Together with the best chefs in the haute cuisine from Germany and its neighbor countries. The two weeks consist of high-end wine tastings, unbelievable cooking and a lot of love and celebration of finest taste and the good life.

Imagine the night when this two-week-event comes to an end. Sommeliers, chefs and everyone in the staff is ready to party. Everyone has worked hard – not only today, but also for the last weeks. It is the mobilization of the last sources of power and energy – because they know: what happens today will be a special night.

And then the party guests arrive. Roughly 400 people – a great mixture of winemakers, chefs, guests from all over the country and people who just want to have a good time. Very quickly, the crowd becomes a highly energetic swarm. The entire place is open for the visitors. Kitchens, restaurants and lounges. Everyone spreads out to seek for the gourmet attractions. They are everywhere. In several parts of the building, the best chefs present their creations.

You want examples? Here we go: Sebastian Zier and Moses Ceylan from two Michelin Star restaurant Einstein in St. Gallen, Switzerland offer a brilliant duck liver. Hubert Obendorfer from one Michelin Star restaurant Birkenhof has a super delicious salmon to offer. Andre Großfeld from one Michelin Star restaurant Villa Merton in Frankfurt serves a perfect Skrei with rhubarb. Rolf Straubinger from one Michelin Star restaurant Burg Staufeneck wins the race with a wicked dry-aged beef roulade.

It is not just outstanding food. The truth is: You can have as much of it as you like. The ultimate Michelin-All-You-Can-Eat. In every corner of the room, high-end wineries offer their wines. A true happy-place for any Riesling lover. We had young and fresh Kabinetts from the Moselle region, aged dry Grand Crus from the Rheingau and perfect Auslese wines from the early 1990s. Just a great experience. In addition, delicious Pinots are served, Champagnes and rare specialties from Austria and Italy.

You immediately get drawn into nice conversations. About the wines. About the food you’re experiencing. What was your favorite dish? Why that one? What wine do you have in your glass? From what vintage? You can’t get lost here. It is no place where you will ever feel alone.

If you ever search for a great experience in good wine and outstanding food this is the place where you should go.

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Rheinallee, 65347 Eltville-Hattenheim



RIESLING PLaces: Kronenschlösschen

“Mythos Mosel” – A myth and a Riesling journey

Bernkastel-Kues, May 25-27, 2018

It is not yet a long century’s tradition, but a great event for Riesling fans. The “Mythos Mosel” gives you the opportunity to cover the best of river Moselle in just two days. The program can be intense, but if you manage it right it is a weekend you won’t forget too fast.

Technically, you have the chance to taste hundreds of wines from 120 producers. If that is your program the Mythos Mosel is hard work. We decided for a different approach – the relaxed version. That way the event will be a great mixture of the Mythos Mosel and the beauty of everything the river Moselle has to offer – great restaurants, beautiful landscapes and fantastic wineries. Our personal wrap-up:

Friday, 8pm. Our choice not to go to the official opening event at Schloss Lieser but instead visit two Michelin star chef Thomas Schanz in his restaurant was a winner for the relaxation aspect of our tour. The wine list of this restaurant offers not only the most delicious Rieslings from all German wine regions, the prices are also quite low. And the food is just fantastic. For good reason, Thomas counts as one of the top chefs in Germany.

Saturday, 9am. We officially start our “Mythos Mosel” journey with a great Kabinett tasting at Selbach-Oster. The winery is one of the main hosts of this year’s Mythos Mosel event. The tasting offers us a very rare opportunity: You usually don’t have the chance to drink old Kabinett because usually the wines are drunken when they are young. To learn about the aging potential of Kabinett in such a compact format was truly impressive. A great start!

Saturday, 2pm. After we have seen pictures from people queuing up in long lines in front of winery Markus Molitor we decide to slow down and spend the rest of the afternoon in the middle of the great and beautiful vineyards of the Moselle. If you ever have the feeling of meeting too many people in the same spot this is the perfect place to chill.

Saturday, 7pm. Our first day ends with the first ever “Loosen and Friends Party” at winery Dr. Loosen. A beautiful place, a perfect summer night and great company opened the stage for interesting conversations about Rieslings. A long list of young wines for drinking and old wines for trying from wineries like Maximin Grünhaus, Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken, Ansgar Clüsserath, Philipp Wittmann, Fritz Haag, Heymann Löwenstein, and Joh. Jos. Prüm were just the perfect company for a beautiful Moselle night.

Sunday, 11am. We decided to start our real tour through the wineries. We visited three – Schloss Lieser, Fritz Haag and Willi Schäfer. But you need to know that every winery has three guest winemakers each. After trying 6 to 8 wines of twelve producers we developed a sense for the Mythos Mosel.

Sunday, 8pm. A bit tired but happy we entered one of the secret little Moselle restaurants that have old beauties on their wine list. Ending the night with a most amazing Joh. Jos. Prüm 1964 feinste Auslese Riesling from the Zeltinger-Wehlener Sonnuhr we were definitely in Riesling heaven.

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Mythos Mosel
Moseljünger e.V.
Am Herrenberg 15
54518 Kesten



Are you pro wine? Go to ProWein!

Dusseldorf, March 18, 2018

Are you a big fan of trade shows? To be honest, we are not. But this one is different. If you love wine you will love ProWein. It is the biggest wine trade fair in the world.

But this is just words. If you are easier convinced by figures, let’s go with figures:

  • Exhibitors from 64 nations (could you name 64 wine producing countries?), but visitors from even 133 countries.
  • The trade fair presents wines and spirits from almost 7,000 producers. That is more than you will find anywhere else in the world in one spot.
  • More than 60,000 visitors came in 2018. Most of them come to order wine, almost all of them come to network.

Whoever you want to find in this business – no matter if winemaker, sommelier, wine journalist or wineblogger – it is most likely that you will find them in this one spot for one of the three days of ProWein.

Alone, meeting all Riesling producers seems to be impossible. That is why we had a clear focus this year. We wanted to learn everything about Riesling producers from countries we do not visit as often as others – from Canada to South Africa, from Argentina to Chile. We would never have the chance to do this anywhere else, but we could at ProWein.

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Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Stockumer Kirchstraße 61
40474 Düsseldorf



#asktoni at sipgate - A crazy sommelier and a great Riesling party

Dusseldorf, March 17, 2018

Dusseldorf is definitely one of the most dedicated Riesling places in Europe. But once a year, this town goes especially crazy. It is the week of ProWein – the world’s biggest trade fair for wine and spirits. Always around March. If you haven’t been there you should not miss it.

But it is not the fair itself that is the most fun. It is the parties around it. If you ever decide to visit ProWein, please plan for additional two or three days around the actual date. Then, the city of Dusseldorf turns into a wine-party-city.

This year, a new form of party was born. And as we had so much fun, we definitely needed to share it with you. It is organized by a slightly crazy but even more irresistible sommelier called Antonio Askitis (short version: AskToni). Toni’s passion for throwing great parties can only be beaten by his unbelievable passion for Riesling. A true “pro” in all the details.

That is why Toni invests time, money and a lot of energy to bring thousands of bottles of rare wines to a pop-up restaurant place called “Sipgate”. The result is an amazing party. We had so much fun. Every table of 12 people had their own sommelier to support the wine delivery. The whole thing was accompanied by five courses of delicious food.

Surrounded by wine fans from Dusseldorf, all over Germany and all around the world, we could have spent hours just studying the wine list. With so many good Riesling company around us, we immediately started sharing the great wines. At the end, we tried 20 drinks and found ourselves in the best conversations.

If you drop by the ProWein next year, don’t miss this party!

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#asktoni at sipgate GmbH
Gladbacher Straße 74
40219 Dusseldorf



International Riesling Symposium 2017

Eltville, May 29-30, 2017

Every three years the best international Riesling winemakers meet in Germany. They discuss with sommeliers, influencers, scientists and other experts about current and future trends in the winemaking and on the market for Riesling.

In 2017, Wilhelm Weil from winery Robert Weil hosted the International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau region. The location Kloster Eberbach was a perfect door into the past but also into the future of Riesling. Wine tastings, lectures and networking mixed up nicely to a great event.

The absolute highlight: tasting all quality levels of the famous vintage of 1959's Kloster Eberbach Steinberger Riesling: Cabinet, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Edelbeerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese. This ended in standing ovations.

For those who could not wait an unbelievable experience was organized one day before the Symposium: The "Rheingau mystery tour" opened the doors of the magic wine cellars of Schloss Johannisburg, Schloss Vollrads and winery Robert Weil. Simply unforgettable!  

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Kloster Eberbach
65346 Eltville am Rhein



Riesling Swag 2017

Hamburg, April 1, 2017

Is it a great party? Maybe the perfect networking opportunity in the world of Riesling? Or just about drinking Rieslings you cannot even buy? It's all three! The Riesling Swag 2017 - born from a great idea of three great wine lovers - was the perfect gathering of people that just love Riesling.

Hosted by 11 of the best German winemakers, accompanied by 11 great sommeliers, you could try many different wines from all over the world. When you let true Riesling lovers "bring their own bottles" you get the fantastic stuff: magnum bottles, old vintages, rare wines and of course true "Heroes of Riesling".

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Restaurant VLET
Am Sandtorkai 23-24
20457 Hamburg