Lisa Tupetz in the OC - All things German - Berserker craziness

Lisa, berserkerday newbie and German wine specialist was in town for a run through a German tasting and education.

Notes and commentary to follow for me and the others.


Sekt education!


Why don’t I see any Foie gras?! Just saying :slight_smile:

Uh… We got schooled! :joy:

What’s that in the container next to the bread and sausage?!?

@ToddFrench took over the snacks and @AstridKG brought homemade hummus.


Oops yeah real berserkers :berserker:

@LisaT please come to Chicagoland!

She said she has her friends that she’s distributing coming to the States for a roadshow.

That’ll be nuts.

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It great to see a young wine professional that is so passionate about German wine. Germany is by far the most exciting wine country in the world. Keep up the great work @LisaT


@LisaT can you post some of the pictures you shared from your phone? The vineyards, barrels, etc. All very interesting.

I need to read up on these because having a conversation about German wine classification and labeling is comical in its complexity.

Good overview on where to start

Everything you need to know about a German wine is outlined on the label. While some producers are moving towards more modern designs, typically you will be able to find the winemaker, grape, style, quality, classification, and origin right on the bottle. With a quick lesson on putting the pieces together, German wine labels are organized, clear, and helpful.

Bullshit. LOL

And because it’s not confusing already, let’s add another layer.

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If there is interest I am happy to do a German 101 seminar. I have a deck ready to go.

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As you know, the Germans have a long history with sparkling wines. In fact, many of the largest and most famous houses in champagne have German roots. They’ve been in champagne for hundreds of years. We all know the names; Mumm, Krug, Ruinart, and the list goes on.

It’s just the German sekt isn’t heavily exported to the US.

We tasted a bunch of grower sekt which I’ll write up too

Good story about the history and house details

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A room of shifty-eyed personalities if I ever saw :grin:

Looking forward to any notes and thoughts

No group photo for the very late arriving guest, but even in a short time, I learned a lot about German wines. Lisa was great with sharing info, context, background. I will be purchasing some of her wines (will be my first German wines ever purchased). Looking forward to the journey . . .
Thanks Lisa and Todd!


Hoping to gather my thoughts and notes a bit, soon, but overall I feel fortunate to have been educated on the significant variety of wines coming out of Germany as well as finding out about the difference in winemaking styles, equipment, and classifications. I’ve never truly enjoyed a Pinot Blanc until the 2020 Vogel Frei Siegloch Weissburgunder Trocken which seemed to blow us all away a bit.

Thanks for visiting us, Lisa!


One word

Elbling :sunglasses:

Many historians feel that the Romans brought Elbling to Germany more than 2,000 years ago. In Germany today, Elbling is a specialty cultivated almost exclusively in the Mosel region. These simple wines are light, fairly neutral, and often effervescent with delicate aromas reminiscent of apple.


No doubt!

Let me translate for you now that I’ve read two articles on German wines from the internet. LOL

2020 - vintage
Vogel Frei - Free Bird
Siegloch - producer name
Weissburgunder - Pinot Blanc
Trocken - dry

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@David_Bu3ker Haha yes! I will use this term. German Winzer Sekt is one of our well kept secrets in Germany and I love to see more and more of it on the market. Importing Sekt is definitely a challenge due to the label requirements from the TTB.

This article is very cool by Wine Enthusiast.