A German Wine Tasting Adventure

I step out of the “working van,” as our tasting guide, Nathalie Müller, parks next to rows and rows of grapevines.  My husband and friends clamber down and inhale the clean air.  High above the town of Leimen, I can see the grapevines stretching across the hills.  Ms. Müller grabs a plastic crate of wine bottles and offers us each a wine glass.  Deftly, she opens a bottle and pours 2006 Leimener Kreuzweg Auxerrois dry Kabinett into our glasses.

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It’s Halloween, and I’m lucky enough to be in Germany during the last weeks of the wine harvest.  Our friend, Mark, who lives in Leimen, has arranged a wine tour for us.  We’re in the Badische Bergstrasse, part of the Baden wine region, which is Germany’s southernmost wine growing area.  Ms. Müller tells us that we’ll understand and appreciate the wines more if we drink them where the grapes were grown.  As I hold my glass up to the sunlight, I’m already convinced she’s right.

This is a wine tasting like no other I’ve experienced.  The Müller family has owned and operated Weingut Adam Müller for 272 years – that’s nine generations, so far.  Ms. Müller studied oenology at Germany’s famous Geisenheim Research Center, as did her husband, Matthias Müller.   As she leads us up a wooden ladder to the next terrace of vines, Ms. Müller describes how much she loves this particular vineyard.  She pours a 2006 Leimener Herrenberg, a dry grauer burgunder Spätlese (pinot gris), and tells us about this year’s weather and harvest.

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.