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Federweisser (Wine in the making)


I can only echo Hungry in Berlin's enthusiastic words on Federweißer, which was just coming into the shops during my recent visit to the Moselle Valley. Those in Germany briefly should be especially vigilant about seeking out this speciality: Federweißer's cloudy golden depths capture the essence of late summer, and it is rare to drink something so changing; I like catching it just before it tips into tartness -- more or less straightaway after buying a bottle -- when the muscat note is still dominant. To buy, my favourites so far have been the bottles sold at the BioCompany and those stocked by my beloved neighbourhood wine shop Nix Wie Wein. (While a rich onion tart is the traditional pairing, I've grown fond of Federweißer alongside cheddar.) And do rush - I meant to write about Federweißer when I began Berlin Reified last fall, but by late October it had already disappeared...



I discovered your wonderful blog earlier this year - I'll be staying in Mitte (straddling P-Berg) for a couple weeks in early September and am anxious to try the Federweisser (among other of your recommendations)!

Dennis, make sure you stop by the Arkonaplatz market while you're here -- it's near that border and the fish stand is a real treat. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog!

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