A friend of mine, Sarah, and I went down to the Mosel to taste the young wine and onion cake I was telling you about in the last blog. It is called Federweissen and Zwiebelkuchen. The leaves were all changing color and it was absolutely gorgeous. Here are some pics.
I recently planned an outing for some friends to go to a winery for a wine tasting. Big thanks to Silke for her help with setting this up. It was a huge success. We chartered a bus to take us to the Mosel river and to the winery. Pics of the trip. You can see our grapes on the way to the winery.
They gave us a great tour of the cellar and the process for wine making. Here are some pics. This particular winery sells 30,000 bottles per year just from their winery. You cannot buy any of their products at a retailer.
They also make champagne there and this process was extremely interesting but I won't go into great detail about it here. It involves shooting out the extra yeast from the top, rapidly sticking your thumb in the hole to prevent loss of the whole product and then quickly capping the bottle.
They served a most delicious dinner with 4 wine pairings. Here is pic of the food and the dining area. We were a group of 26 so we basically took up the whole place. We were told that we would get 7-8 wine tastings so we figured the 4 with dinner were half of the tastings. Much to our surprise they announced that we would begin the wine tasting after dinner was finished. Whoops. Had too much wine with dinner already.
Since we live in the middle of farm country, we were hoping that we could find a local farm to buy some milk, eggs, cheese, and so forth. A friend of mine, Sylvan, recommended a farm near our new house where you can fill your very own glass milk container from the bulk tank! Cool! We also bought a bunch of home made cheese including Gouda and Feta. As you can tell by the picture, I am super excited.
It is really fun to live in the countryside and be only a 30 minute drive from a few fantastic European cities. Its the best of both worlds.
PS. The beetle is here! Yay. We finally have our wheels back. We are still living in the hotel but will move into our house the third week of November.