1936 Shaking in the 60's by Eddie Clarke


Oppenheimfr or Niersteiner and Rudesheimer, etc., and with the Moselles such names as Berncastler, Piesportffr and Brauneberger are well known wines, but should there be a famous castle or landmark of more importance, then the label may bear a further "first name", as in the case of Schloss Bockelheimer Schloss Vollrads, or Schlossberg (Schloss meaning castle and Berg meaning hill)—the castle on the hill. A famous wine such as Liebfraumilch St. Catherine takes its name from the magnificent Gothic Cathedral ofthat name in the town ofOppenheim. The next name is the actual vineyard, as with Rudesheimer Rosengarten (the English translation being rose-garden)or Niersteiner Domthal. Thirdly will come the name of the vine such as Riesling or Sylvaner giving us a label reading maybe: Oppen- heimer Goldberg Riesling or Oppenheimer Krotten- brunnen Sylvaner. Once in a while instead of Riesling or Sylvaner one will come across Scheurebe, which is a vine produced by a Herr Scheur some years ago, and is believed to be a cross between a Sylvaner and a Riesling vine. Generally the last word on the label is a name like Spatlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese or Trockenbeeren- auslese. These indicate the actual ripeness and condition of the grape at the time of the gathering. Sometimes just before these latter names there may be the word "Feine" slipped in, which is to tell you that the grower considers this a very fine wine. Finally, at the very end may be the word "Cabinet", this once gave the impression that the wine came from the private reserve of the particular ownerofthatvineyard,butis it nowgenerallyaccepted that it indicates the wine to be an exceptionally fine one indeed.


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