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Return to German Roots

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As part of the Wine Schoppen Group we have a long heritage in the supply of German wines in the UK. This peaked in 1991 with Wine Schoppen winning the coveted German Specialist of the Year Award by the Which Wine Guide.

With an ever increasing barrage of wines from the New World it is fair to say German wines have been somewhat in decline volume wise in the UK. This decline has been compounded by the sugar sweet German wines produced to meet a specific price point.

Upon trying a quality German wine most wine drinkers are totally surprised by the quality and range of styles available. I would be a wealthy man if I had £1.00 each time a customer in the shop exclaims “I never realised Germany made red wines”.

Building upon our company history we are due to import a range of 46 new wines from Germany. These cover a wide range of styles and areas but with a common emphasis on quality and enjoyment. A few of the highlights include :

2007er Münsterer Kapellenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken
2004er Würzburger Stein Weißer Burgunder Spätlese Trocken
2002er Durbacher Schloß Grohl Klingelberger Riesling Auslese Trocken
2005er Oberrotweiler Spätburgunder Rotwein Eiswein
2001er Bechtolsheimer Homberg Chardonnay Eiswein
2007er Münsterer Königsschloss Spätburgunder Rosé Halbtrocken
2004er Untertürkheimer Herzogenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken

With prices ranging from £10.00 to £79.00 (for the red Eiswein – how rare is that?) there is a style, taste and sweetness for everyone to discover. Looking at some of the names we should hold a competition for the best pronunciation – thankfully all you need to do is hit the buy button so no need for tongue-twisting orders.

The range comes from the acclaimed Bremer Ratskeller whose vaults are home to some exceptional and rare wine. They look after the largest collection of German vintage wine in the world. Among them is Germany’s oldest, drinkable wine in bottles – a Rudesheimer Apostelkeller dating from 1727.

Each year Ratskellermeister Karl-Josef Krotz searches for the very best of the recent vintages. He tastes more than 3,000 wines, but only about 150 are finally selected and granted the label “Bremer Ratskeller”

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