Wet auctions and Two Hands

I Mosel-ed, I Saar-ed, I Ruwer-ed: One American�s Quest to Conquer Germany�s Finest Wines at the Wet Auctions

On the Riesling from the Nahe region which is finally starting to get the attention it deserves (move over slightly King Mosel), I snapped up some of the powerful, minerally Tesch Grosses Gewachs ’08 at 21 Euros knowing it would sing well against any grand cru from any region.  The sweet highlights were oily, tightly wound with tons of dry extract Shafer-Frohlich Felsneck Auslese Gold Kapsule ’08 and a more botrytisized Pittersberg of the same pradikat and vintage from Kruger-Rumpf that exploded on the palate even after so many wines; pretty pebbles indeed. The show stopper was a lone bottle of1945 Schloss Leyer Goldloch Riesling Edelbeerenauslese from Schlossgut Diel that sold for 3,748.50 Euros.  A terrible shame we were not able to taste that one!

While having another repair beer at the airport, a newspaper told me that a total of 12,000 bottles came under the hammer and generated over 700,000 Euros.   That’s a lot of Riesling with a little spatburgunder for spice, but not a great deal of dough by modern auction standards for all 4 days.  Though I never got to try the St. Martin’s pretzels, the trip was not complete without setting off the metal detector at FRA - no belt, no shoes, no watch, no change. Must have been the high mineral content in Mosel Riesling that finally conquered me.

Justin Christoph is a fine and rare wine expert with over 10 years’ experience in the authentication, evaluation and valuation of private and public wine collections. He has worked for numerous and prestigious auction houses and currently consults for both private and business clients.

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Tasting along with Justin and Michael

I Mosel-ed, I Saar-ed, I Ruwer-ed
Thought for a moment about the USA and Chardonnay.  Wrong turn.  Ended up at a gas station, stuttering a smattering of German.  “Another beer please” and “where is the toilet,”  two indispensible phrases for traveling in any country, were clearly not going to get me very far, but the perfectly-spoken English of the attendant as well as her thoughtfully drawn pictures of the buildings where I would need to make my turns spun me toward Riesling once again. Find the article here.

The Two Hands Virtual Tasting is Tomorrow
We'll be tasting along with winemaker Michael Twelftree, exploring some of the latest releases from Two Hands Wines. The wines we will be discussing include: Lily’s Garden 2007, Gnarly Dudes 2007, and Angel’s Share 2008, though Michael is ready to answer all your questions about Two hands Wines and his illustrious career. We'll be streaming it live on ustream (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gdp-on-wine), and will host an archived version of the tasting on Snooth.

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  • I absolutely adore the appropriation of the word Mosel as a verb. To "mosel" is wonderfully evocative, especially w/r/t all the bends in the river.

    Jan 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

  • Snooth User: bonest
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    I lived for 8yrs near the Mosel river, and recommend the wines highly, and also the region. If you ever get the chance, spend a few days driving from Trier to Koblenz along the Mosel. The scenery is breathtaking, and explore the Hunsruck or Eiffel on either side by driving up and down the treacherous switchbacks.

    Jan 18, 2010 at 1:25 PM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Thanks, Justin, for the info on the wet auctions and the wittily told anecdotes. Certainly the best post on rieslings I've seen in the past year on Snooth (or anywhere else, for that matter). Definitely had me salivating, if not also wishing I had a good Porsche to follow you in your drive....

    Was wondering, Snooth editors, if the transition from the third to the fourth page was missing something?

    Jan 18, 2010 at 2:03 PM

  • Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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    Thank you Justin, I enjoyed reading that. Makes me want to Mosel on down to our wine collection. Also I had little idea about wet auctions, and I want to learn more now!

    Jan 18, 2010 at 3:49 PM

  • Snooth User: Mark Angelillo
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    Great article. I've shared a few bottles of riesling from Mosel, but haven't even begun to scratch the surface.

    Jan 18, 2010 at 5:53 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    That really was fun reading, both for the winegeek in me and the vicarious thrill seeker!

    Jan 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM

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