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Beurer, Jochen 2021 Württemberg Riesling Chardonnay

The label for "In der Luft" says it all; "In the Air" in English, showing a photo of winemaker and BMX guru from Swabia, Jochen Beurer "flying" over a rally car  on his bike! An ethereal blend of Riesling with Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer, unfiltered with great lift and energy. The nose wafts clouds of lychee and green jalapeno whilst the palate shows flavors of juicy green melon and lime. A total blast of fantasy and fun, not taking itself seriously and meant to be shared with company. In the words of the most excellent Wayne's World: "Party on Garth!" Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Emrich-Schönleber 2021 Nahe Frühlingsplätzchen Riesling Grosses Gewächs

"The Frühlingsplätzchen vineyard has a southwest-to-southeast exposure. At its steepest point, it has a 70% incline. Its soils mostly consist of red slate and gravel, frequently interspersed with the red-coloured loam referred to as Rotliegend. Even at a young age, Frühlingsplätzchen will seduce you with its playful, spring-like fruit character. Its aromas are often redolent of peach and ripe apple, while fine herbal notes also tend to emerge. A few years of cellaring will lend a more pronounced minerally quality that makes Frühlingsplätzchen wines increasingly electrifying with age." Frank Schönleber

Gently crushed, 3-5 hr maceration, pressed into a mix of 1200-3000L barrels. Really wonderful, slightly more body and concentration in 2021…Cari Bernard



  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic

Hofgut Worner 2020 Baden Steillage Riesling

Hailing from Baden only 12 miles due east of Strasbourg across the border amidst scenic rolling hills and half timbered houses, Worner crafts this intriguing blend of Riesling and Muller Thurgau as their entry level wine. Steillage (steep slope) is assembled from their various steep vineyard sites; as Matthias Worner explains "You know these are among the highest-elevation vineyards in Germany... and they all face east and west, none face south. " To put it in context,  these vineyards are around 400 meters (just over 1,300 feet) high. So they are not wildly high-altitude but it's a factor to consider; the general elevation of the Mosel seems to be around 100 or so meters - Piesport is at exactly 119 meters. Klausen, a small village at the top of the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, sits at about 245 meters. In this context, 400 meters is not nothing. In addition to the altitude and exposure giving the wine it's vibrant energy, the blend contributes as well, The Muller Thurgau gives it a little more airy fullness without weight and the Riesling gives it zip and cut.Mountain meadow aromas with citrus and stony minerality on the crisp palate. A stunning  look at Baden white wine in a region known for it's Pinot Noir!  Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jakob Tennstedt 2019 Mosel Riesling Valke

From a lower parcel in the Ungsberg,  Valke, named after the Kestrel, is perhaps the wildest and most profoundly umami of the Tennstedt wines. The robe is a more burnished than the Musari from just up the hill. The nose offers aromas of acacia, dashi, orange oil, iron, and a touch of Chenin-like wooly notes.The palate is concentrated, and for lack of a better word intense, with a steely attack and a broad, muscular, mid-palate that offers a nearly operatic flurry of both savory and pure fruit notes.  The concentration here begs for attention and that attention is rewarded as the wine seems to shapeshift between stone fruit and pungent earth and even gamy flavors. It's a bit overwhelming yet truly compelling, akin to hearing Ornette Coleman or Schoenberg for the first time and recognizing the greatness of what you are hearing even if you don't quite get it. One of the most singular wines I've tasted and one that I can't quite get out of my head. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Koehler-Ruprecht 2019 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Spätlese Trocken

Koehler-Ruprecht in the Pfalz makes wines much the same way they did over a century ago: no chemicals in the vineyards, no manipulation in the winery, with very long, slow fermentations in huge, old barrels. The Saumagen is an ultraditional expression of Pfalz dry Riesling: established as a vineyard in 1810, it was an ancient Roman limestone quarry. The Saumagen is the estate’s crown jewel: 4 hectares of chalky marl and limestone in the shape of a saumagen, the specialty sausage of the region! It produces wines that are simultaneously muscular yet graceful, extremely mineral and vibrant. Combine that with the showstopper 2019 vintage and a Spatlese (ripe) trocken (dry) style and you have the hallmark signature of a winter weight Riesling with all the bells and whistles , ready to give heavy hitter GGs (grand crus) from Von Winning and Muller Catoir a run for their money.Peking Duck anyone? Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Kühn, Peter Jakob 2020 Rheingau Hallgarten Riesling Alte Reben

The Kühn Estate has been a cornerstone of Rhinegau wine-making for roughly 230 years and has been passed down through 11 generations. The current generation in place; Peter Bernhardt and wife Viktoria, along with father Peter Jakob,  decided in 2004 to convert and certify to organic and biodynamic viticulture and winemaking.  As per the distributor;  "Sourced from the single vineyards Jungfer, Schönhell and Würzgarten, the 2020 Hallgarten Riesling trocken Alte Reben combines the higher location of the vineyards with the 40+-year-old, narrowly planted vines that give a particular coolish micro-climate, according to Peter Bernhard. Vinified in 60% stainless steel and 40% large oak casks, the nose is clear, bright, intense and complex in its sexy purity that combines yellow fruit aromas and uplifting, almost floral and ethereal terroir notes. Medium to full-bodied, this is a crystalline and silky, enormously pure and elegant, salty, vital and frisky Riesling with remarkable finesse and piquancy. "

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Leiner 2020 Pfalz Riesling Trocken 1L

 Biodynamic dry Riesling from the Pfalz just north of the Alsatian border.  Like his buddy Claus Preisinger in Austria's Burgenland, Sven Leiner is a proud member of RESPEKT Biodyn and a firm believer  that " a species-rich soil ecosystem, including bacteria as well as beneficial fungal mycelia, earthworms and a variety of insects,  ensures that an efficient nutrient cycle is in place. A wide array of plant life also cuts down significantly on the use of natural fertilisers."  The vineyards are full of chalk and limestone covered in deep Loess  which add to aromas of minerality and hints of petrol. Refreshingly juicy flavors of fresh nectarine, lemonade, lime zest, apricot, and crystalline acidity. Pair with any spicy cuisine for your next BBQ or for Superbowl Buffalo chicken wingsl! Giselle Hamburg

  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

Müller, Stefan 2021 Niedermenniger Sonnenberg Riesling Kabinett Alte Reben

Stefan's winery in the Saar has won "Best of" accolades for everything in the past 5 years.  2021 was an astonishing vintage with sizzling acidities balancing ripe sugar levels.  With vineyards in  Niedermenninger and Krettnact, his prized vineyard is this 50 year old parcel of old vines in the south west facing western part of the Niedermenninger Sonnenberg on iron rich red slate soils. The 44 g/l of residual sugar is barely perceptible in this vintage, offering just a finishing kiss with juicy lemon drop, crystalline  acidity and crunchy minerality: truly breathtaking like an aerial trapezist flipping effortlessly through the air!! Giselle Hamburg

  • white off-dry
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $279.99

Schaefer, Willi 2019 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #11

The 2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #11 is filigreed and racy for the pradikat, showing all the verve and brightness of the vintage. The nose shows a touch of sponti, but time in the glass reveals pretty aromas of pear skin, orange blossom, peach nectar, and cool mint leaves. There's a delicate honeyed sweetness that dances across the palate balanced by pitch-perfect acidity and waves of luscious stone fruit and citrus flavors with a subtle herbal undercurrent. Framing this is a zesty, mouthwatering stoniness leading to impeccable balance even at this young age. This is already lovely, but this will dazzle when mature in 8-10 years and for decades beyond. An emotionally gratifying wine! John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $104.99

Schaefer, Willi 2019 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #11 375ml

The 2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #11 is filigreed and racy for the pradikat, showing all the verve and brightness of the vintage. The nose shows a touch of sponti, but time in the glass reveals pretty aromas of pear skin, orange blossom, peach nectar, and cool mint leaves. There's a delicate honeyed sweetness that dances across the palate balanced by pitch-perfect acidity and waves of luscious stone fruit and citrus flavors with a subtle herbal undercurrent. Framing this is a zesty, mouthwatering stoniness leading to impeccable balance even at this young age. This is already lovely, but this will dazzle when mature in 8-10 years and for decades beyond. An emotionally gratifying wine! John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

Schaefer, Willi 2020 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

The 2020 Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5 comes mainly from the Gerdsgrub and Fergert sectors of the vineyard per Jean Fisch and David Rayer of Mosel Fine Wines. This displays more overt reduction on opening, with the smoky, flinty elements mingling with aromas of lemon oil, cherry blossom, and grapefruit peel. The palate is supple and creamy with lovely wild berry flavors and subtle spices radiating from a steely, stony core. There's excellent complexity here that will only gain from time in the cellar, but even now this seems like a master class in Spätlese Mosel Riesling--equal parts kaleidoscopic florals and a deep dive into geology. John McIlwain

  • white medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

Thorle 2019 Rheinhessen Saulheimer trocken Spätburgunder

Thorle is a 16th century estate in the center of the Rheinehessen, under new ownership of the Thorle brothers since 2006 who have converted the estate to being Certified Organic as of 2022. The estate is comprised of  three vineyards on a mix of limestone and clay with loess top soils. All wines are unfiltered, gravity clarified, barrel-aged and bottled with minimal SO2. Their Spatburgunder is serious and dark fruited; spontaneously fermented on the skins for 3-4 weeks with frequent punch downs, aged in french oak for 20 months and bottled unfiltered.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vetter, Stefan 2020 Franken Sylvaner Steinterrassen Muschelkalk

Stefan Vetter is nothing if not committed to Sylvaner as a grape variety, but even more a lens thru which we can view his special terroirs. As the name implies, the vines are on terraces with limestone soils. Whole bunch pressed, fermented and aged in old barrel, and bottled without filtration. The palate is layered and filigreed, with zesty notes of apple skin, green plum, dancing across a tangy/salty mineral core. 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $114.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $72.99