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by Martin Zwick
October 27th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)
Replies: 9
Views: 162

Re: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)

Martin -- I think you posted this recipe before? If so, I remember making it and loving it -- so will have to do so again! YES, I posted this recipe already. As people ask me sometimes for the recipe, as they lost the recipe, I thought it is helpful to publish it again. And there are certainly new ...
by Martin Zwick
October 27th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)
Replies: 9
Views: 162

Re: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)

Yeah, Martin, they're just not that common an ingredient around here...at least as far as I can tell. That said, there is an enormous chestnut tree not far from my home. I'm going to have to try this out! I should warn you, its hard work to peel them. You make a criss-cross on the chestnuts and put...
by Martin Zwick
October 27th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)
Replies: 9
Views: 162

Re: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)

That recipe sounds absolutely delicious, Martin. How much does the flavor of the chestnuts come through? I've truly never cooked with them (and now asking myself if I've ever even eaten a chestnut...), so am curious. What wine did you / would you pair with that? Brandon, what, you have never eaten ...
by Martin Zwick
October 27th, 2020, 4:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)
Replies: 9
Views: 162

Re: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)

P.S. Indian Summer on the countryside

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by Martin Zwick
October 27th, 2020, 4:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)
Replies: 9
Views: 162

CHESTNUT CHICKEN (for Halloween!)

Here comes a perfect dish for Halloween. Your house/apartment/flat will smell beautifully, promised. And the best chicken and potatoes ever. I think it could be also a good idea in order to make your wife/husband/partner happy, as times are grim right now. https://www.wineberserkers.com/content/?p=4...
by Martin Zwick
October 25th, 2020, 2:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: PASTA al ragù di cervo
Replies: 0
Views: 128

PASTA al ragù di cervo

Perfect for the Indian summer on the countryside.

I used a ready-made deer spice mix by the former cook Ingo Holland/"Altes Gewürzamt" who is the best spice dealer in Germany.

https://www.wineberserkers.com/content/?p=6215

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by Martin Zwick
October 24th, 2020, 11:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Keller von der Fels. Wow.
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: 2013 Keller von der Fels. Wow.

My opinion is yes, you would have been rewarded richly by giving it more time. These are absolutely beautiful young, no question, and I bet the 2013 is delightful (I haven't touched any of mine), but my last few bottles of 2004 have been pretty special. Sarah, Sarah, what a lucky girl you are. TN b...
by Martin Zwick
October 24th, 2020, 11:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Keller von der Fels. Wow.
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: 2013 Keller von der Fels. Wow.

P.S. According to MFW, the drinking window for 2013 vdF is 2023-2043 Here the TN by MFW: "The 2013er Riesling Trocken von der Fels comes only from Grand Cru sites, essentially from the Abtserde part of the Westhofener Brunnenhäuschen and the Westhofener Kirchspiel. It comes over as superbly fresh an...
by Martin Zwick
October 24th, 2020, 4:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Keller von der Fels. Wow.
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: 2013 Keller von der Fels. Wow.

This was REALLY good! I (sadly) have limited experience with Keller wines but have been working hard to rectify that. For those with more knowledge, would I have been rewarded if I aged this even further? I have a 14 as well so trying to determine the optimal time to pop the cork. Thanks in advance...
by Martin Zwick
October 23rd, 2020, 2:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let`s talk Scheurebe!
Replies: 31
Views: 944

Re: Let`s talk Scheurebe!

I have some 2015 Keller. In another thread Martin Zwick said to drink up, fwiw. It’s likely delicious, but if he’s worried about it going downhill that fast then it’s a badly made Scheu. Let me be clear, Keller Scheurebe can age. A few months ago I had a 2012 Keller Scheurebe which was quite fine. ...
by Martin Zwick
October 22nd, 2020, 6:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHEESY CAULIFLOWER
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: CHEESY CAULIFLOWER

P.S.

also tasty on Day 2. Even my wife, a cauliflower-hater, asked me whether there is something left? [highfive.gif]

Also useful for the upcoming lockdown. Cheap, easy to make and comforting.
by Martin Zwick
October 22nd, 2020, 2:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany
Replies: 42
Views: 6096

Re: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany

P.S. the German family company HORL from the black forrest has updated their knife sharpener and made it even better with 3 new versions.

HORL 2 Rollschleifer
HORL 2 Cruise Rollschleifer (cheaper model)
HORL 2 Pro Rollschleifer
by Martin Zwick
October 21st, 2020, 11:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHEESY CAULIFLOWER
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: CHEESY CAULIFLOWER

RichardFlack wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 4:54 pm
For comfort cauliflower I think Mornay sauce takes a lot of beating.

This does look good though.

Sauce Mornay is based on Béchamel. I am not a fan, as it reminds me on my childhood. Every sauce based on flour or Mondamin, horrible.
by Martin Zwick
October 21st, 2020, 11:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHEESY CAULIFLOWER
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: CHEESY CAULIFLOWER

Adam DePuit wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 2:29 pm
That does look good. My wife does a variation of it by basically making cauliflower mac n cheese in the oven. Cauliflower is an awesome vegetable to eat.

Good idea, sounds tasty.
by Martin Zwick
October 21st, 2020, 3:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHEESY CAULIFLOWER
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: CHEESY CAULIFLOWER

P.S. I would not recommend to boil the cauliflower in water first which is often made in the past. Also don't make a Béchamel sauce with it which is also often made in the past. The steaming in a little bit cream for 10-15min has the effect that the cauliflower is soft and firm at the same time, so ...
by Martin Zwick
October 20th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CHEESY CAULIFLOWER
Replies: 8
Views: 248

CHEESY CAULIFLOWER

Cauliflower is one of the trendy vegetables of the last years due to new cooking methods like roasting in the oven or adding exotic spices like Raz-el-hanout. In my childhood in the 70s cauliflower was rather boring and often overcooked. I came across this recipe at my weekly newspaper Die Zeit from...
by Martin Zwick
October 18th, 2020, 11:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES
Replies: 9
Views: 296

Re: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES

P.S. optional you can adjust the amount of liquids, less cream instead more veal stock/broth or veal demi-glace.
by Martin Zwick
October 18th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES
Replies: 9
Views: 296

Re: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES

alan weinberg wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 2:38 pm
had to look up veal fond. It’s veal stock made from veal and veal bones, mirepoix, aromatics.
Have corrected it, Alan.
by Martin Zwick
October 18th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Top German Riesling Vintages ?
Replies: 89
Views: 2941

Re: Your Top German Riesling Vintages ?

2019 - balance

2017 - acidity&purity

2013 - acidity&purity

2004 - balance


P.S.

1971 - nectar of the gods

1921 - nectar of the gods
by Martin Zwick
October 18th, 2020, 2:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HaJo Becker - a pioneer for Dry Riesling in Germany
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: HaJo Becker - a pioneer for Dry Riesling in Germany

P.S.

Since Wednesday I had some leftover and it was still in great shape on Saturday. Very pure (!), dried flowers, nuts and salty minerality.
by Martin Zwick
October 18th, 2020, 12:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES
Replies: 9
Views: 296

Re: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES

Yes, mustard is not part of the original recipe, but try it out. And to add ceps/Steinpilze would be a very nice thing too. Of course you can use more veal demi glace if you like. I will also adjust the recipe regarding the liquids next time. I made it for the first time, so I had to look how it tur...
by Martin Zwick
October 17th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES
Replies: 9
Views: 296

ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES

Here comes the all-time swiss classic Zürcher Geschnetzeltes. Best served with Rösti or Pappardelle pasta for the lazy guys. Sooo delicious, you will lick the plates. haha

https://www.wineberserkers.com/content/?p=6189

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by Martin Zwick
October 15th, 2020, 12:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HaJo Becker - a pioneer for Dry Riesling in Germany
Replies: 2
Views: 232

HaJo Becker - a pioneer for Dry Riesling in Germany

2018 J.B. Becker "Wallufer Walkenberg" Auslese trocken HaJo Becker from the Rheingau region is together with Bernd Philippi and Bernhard Breuer one of the pioneers for Dry Riesling in Germany. His 1989 and 1990 "Wallufer Walkenberg“ Spätlese and Auslese trocken are/were outstanding and such unique ...
by Martin Zwick
October 12th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions
Replies: 51
Views: 3540

Re: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions

Martin, what is your take on his Sylvaner Oiseau de feu 2019? Antoine, due to Covid-19 I didn't attend the barrel tasting in spring at the estate Keller, so I haven't tasted 2019 Sylvaner Oiseau de feu so far. In the past the Sylvaner "Oiseau de feu" was terrific. Some people may disagree, but all ...
by Martin Zwick
October 12th, 2020, 2:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions
Replies: 51
Views: 3540

Re: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions

Martin, what is your take on his Sylvaner Oiseau de feu 2019? Antoine, due to Covid-19 I didn't attend the barrel tasting in spring at the estate Keller, so I haven't tasted 2019 Sylvaner Oiseau de feu so far. In the past the Sylvaner "Oiseau de feu" was terrific. Some people may disagree, but all ...
by Martin Zwick
October 11th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice rieslings (Keller, Dönnhoff)
Replies: 15
Views: 838

Re: A few choice rieslings (Keller, Dönnhoff)


"2018........and has more long term potential as well for that reason"



I beg to differ, 2017 has clearly more long potential than 2018. Its the high acidity of the cool-climate vintages 2017 or 2013 or 2010 which provides the long term potential. Trust me.


Gin Gin
Martin
by Martin Zwick
October 11th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions
Replies: 51
Views: 3540

Re: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions

2019 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels - Germany, Rheinhessen (10/10/2020) I've never opened this wine early like this, but damn, this is possibly the best bottle of VdF's that I've had. The nose is expansive and at once explodes into scents filled with the most perfect peach dashed against crus...
by Martin Zwick
October 5th, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Replies: 3
Views: 372

TN: 2010 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

2010 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Always an eye-opener again and again how good Sangiovese-based wines match with tomato-based pasta. Solo this Chianti was not convincing, but after the first tbsp of pasta the wine blossomed up. Quite focused, pure and a bit austere Chinati with fl...
by Martin Zwick
October 4th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Bürklin-Wolf „Forst“ Village Riesling
Replies: 13
Views: 574

Re: TN: 2019 Bürklin-Wolf „Forst“ Village Riesling

Robert Dentice wrote:
October 4th, 2020, 8:01 am
Semi related question to this thread. Do older dry Bürklin-Wolfs take an extremely long time to open? I bought a bunch of 2005, 2003 and 1999 and have opened a couple and they seem either completely closed or heat damaged.

No, not that I experienced.
by Martin Zwick
October 4th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MUNSTER RÖSTI
Replies: 10
Views: 492

Re: MUNSTER RÖSTI

P.S. and don't worry about the Munster cheese, I know its a special cheese and not such easy available. Use feta cheese instead or any other cheese you like and can melt easily. Use a Reblochon for example.
by Martin Zwick
October 4th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Bürklin-Wolf „Forst“ Village Riesling
Replies: 13
Views: 574

Re: TN: 2019 Bürklin-Wolf „Forst“ Village Riesling

P.S. I had 2017 Bürklin-Wolf "Forster" in the last 3 days. Stunning! An impressive mix of power&minerality&spice and juicy fruit. In addition a long life ahead. BUY
by Martin Zwick
October 4th, 2020, 2:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MUNSTER RÖSTI
Replies: 10
Views: 492

Re: MUNSTER RÖSTI

"Very good instructions and timings. I made this yesterday with a few variations and was very good. Never even contemplated plate flipping a rosti in all my years and must admit thought it may fall apart as I lifted the pan off. No fear though, it was perfect and easy." Mike Humphreys from London S...
by Martin Zwick
October 2nd, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller Scheurebe trocken
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: TN: 2019 Keller Scheurebe trocken

G. Curd wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 2:22 am
Thanks for sharing Martin. I always look forward to when you post a new TN. It's always a bottle that is really fun to read about and you are always honest and insightful in your notes.

DANKE, guys. You made my day.


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by Martin Zwick
October 2nd, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Il Poggione Brunello
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: TN: 2010 Il Poggione Brunello

P.S. even on Day 3 a great joy to drink. No decline!
by Martin Zwick
October 1st, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19625

Re: 2019 German Riesling

The Hermannshöhle got 18 points from Jancis (she tasted herself). Good to know, as I am not a subscriber of the Jancis Robinson newsletter or board. Last but not least, for me the real stars are the Ortsweine in 2019, high-quality, available and relatively cheap, around 13-18 Euro in Germany. And d...
by Martin Zwick
October 1st, 2020, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Il Poggione Brunello
Replies: 8
Views: 811

TN: 2010 Il Poggione Brunello

2010 Il Poggione Brunello A very fine wine. Elegant, silky texture and with classic Brunello flavors. But the best is the high acidity of the cool-climate vintage 2010, which gives grip, freshness and character to the wine. If you have a case or more, you could open a bottle now, best in 5-10 years...
by Martin Zwick
October 1st, 2020, 2:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19625

Re: 2019 German Riesling

The Hermannshöhle got 18 points from Jancis (she tasted herself). Good to know, as I am not a subscriber of the Jancis Robinson newsletter or board. Last but not least, for me the real stars are the Ortsweine in 2019, high-quality, available and relatively cheap, around 13-18 Euro in Germany. And d...
by Martin Zwick
October 1st, 2020, 12:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 19625

Re: 2019 German Riesling

Just saw Jancis’ scores for the 2019 GGs. Was quite surprised by how low they are, given the high praise from others. Some examples: Rebholz Kastanienbusch (17) Schäfer Fröhlich Felseneck (17.5) Von Schubert Abtsberg (16+) Wittmann Morstein (16.5+) Whilst these are in itself fine scores and Jancis ...
by Martin Zwick
September 29th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MUNSTER RÖSTI
Replies: 10
Views: 492

Re: MUNSTER RÖSTI

P.S. here is the Netflix fireplace

by Martin Zwick
September 29th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MUNSTER RÖSTI
Replies: 10
Views: 492

Re: MUNSTER RÖSTI

Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 29th, 2020, 3:35 pm
You don’t squeeze water out? Doesn’t that make it mushy?
No, but I also don't use the water which is in a bottom of the form.
by Martin Zwick
September 29th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MUNSTER RÖSTI
Replies: 10
Views: 492

MUNSTER RÖSTI

Here comes a variation of the Swiss classic, perfect for autumn. Serve together with a fresh salad. Fair to say you need a good pan, non-stick or an old iron pan. A steel pan doesn’t work. RÖSTI is a rustic and elegant side dish at the same time. I recommend to cook it more often and I promise your ...
by Martin Zwick
September 26th, 2020, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller Scheurebe trocken
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: TN: 2019 Keller Scheurebe trocken

2019 Keller Scheurebe trocken It’s a MORSTEIN. 40-50 years old Scheurebe vines in the Morstein vineyard. And not available outside the estate. I So is this different, then, from the Scheurebe trocken available more widely, some of the 2015 of which I own (labels look the same)? It’s the same Scheur...
by Martin Zwick
September 26th, 2020, 12:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: POTATO-CUCUMBER SALAD
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Re: POTATO-CUCUMBER SALAD

P.S. You can also made it without bacon cubes and use a veggie broth instead of chicken broth.

Like in Germany there are also regional differences regarding potato salad. I guess in Vienna they serve it without bacon to the famous Wiener Schnitzel. In contrast to the countryside with bacon.
by Martin Zwick
September 25th, 2020, 10:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: POTATO-CUCUMBER SALAD
Replies: 1
Views: 269

POTATO-CUCUMBER SALAD

Here comes a classic potato-cucumber salad from Austria. A recipe by the famous austrian-german cook Johann Lafer. You can serve it lukewarm or cold to meat, classic would be Wiener Schnitzel , or fish and seafood. https://www.wineberserkers.com/content/?p=6113 B536D060-3CFB-4385-91B3-62F18EC3BA48.j...
by Martin Zwick
September 25th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller Scheurebe trocken
Replies: 10
Views: 726

TN: 2019 Keller Scheurebe trocken

2019 Keller Scheurebe trocken It’s a MORSTEIN. 40-50 years old Scheurebe vines in the Morstein vineyard. And not available outside the estate. I am happy that I could surprise such true Riesling experts like Robert Dentice from NY and Göran van den Brink from Stockholm a few years ago with a Keller...
by Martin Zwick
September 25th, 2020, 3:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FRENCH PIZZA
Replies: 7
Views: 800

Re: FRENCH PIZZA

DANKE Dave.

Yes, it’s beautiful on the countryside and just 40-45min from Berlin.

Stay healthy,
Martin
by Martin Zwick
September 23rd, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett feinherb
Replies: 8
Views: 413

Re: TN: 2016 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett feinherb

DanielP wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 7:54 pm
Martin Zwick wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 7:42 pm
[winner.gif]

The first Riesling we both like?! Did I even inspire you to buy Hofgut Falkenstein?!

The world is full of wonder.
I think you're thinking of Adam Frisch
Really?!

I was just kidding regarding David. There are several Dönhoff Rieslings we both agree on.
by Martin Zwick
September 23rd, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett feinherb
Replies: 8
Views: 413

Re: TN: 2016 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett feinherb

[winner.gif]

The first Riesling we both like?! Did I even inspire you to buy Hofgut Falkenstein?!

The world is full of wonder.
by Martin Zwick
September 23rd, 2020, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?
Replies: 33
Views: 1498

Re: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?

Not sure why, but I have never liked the Zalto Universal. I currently use the Grassl Mineralite when I am trying to specifically match the glass to the wine. Otherwise I use the Grassl Liberte, as that has become my daily use glass. It’s too stylish for you, David. That’s the reason. No offence, bu...
by Martin Zwick
September 23rd, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?
Replies: 33
Views: 1498

Re: Riesling geeks, what glassware do you use?

Not sure why, but I have never liked the Zalto Universal. I currently use the Grassl Mineralite when I am trying to specifically match the glass to the wine. Otherwise I use the Grassl Liberte, as that has become my daily use glass. It’s too stylish for you, David. That’s the reason. No offence, bu...

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