Monthly Archives: April 2014

Wine and Cheese

What’s better than wine and cheese?

Vintage wine and cheese!


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The History of Die Bergkelder

The land was originally purchased by the famous entrepreneur, Dr Anton Rupert and together with Alfred Baumgartner, a legend was born. When it came to building the wine cellar, they decided to follow the concept behind the famous cave cellars in France and Germany. Die Bergkelder, a unique underground wine cellar, was designed to keep wine at a constant ideal temperature, even in the fiercest African heat.

After a few years, it became apparent that there was a need for more grapes to produce larger quantities of wine. In order to process these grapes, Die Bergkelder needed its own pressing cellar. Finally, in 1973 a pressing cellar was introduced and partnerships with other top wine estates were established. Through the 1970s and 1980s Die Bergkelder distinguished itself as an important innovator in the wine industry, persuading wine growers to introduce classic, noble varieties in their vineyards. Die Bergkelder also played a pivotal role in the use of small French oak barrels for wine maturation.


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Today’s featured cultivar- Touriga Nacional.

Touriga Nacional is a variety of red wine grape, considered by many to be Portugal’s finest. Despite the low yields from its small grapes, it plays a big part in the blends used for ports, and is increasingly being used for table wine in the Douro and Dão. Touriga Nacional provides structure and body to wine, with high tannins and concentrated flavors of black fruit. Jancis Robinson has compared its relationship with Touriga Francesa to the partnership between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the former providing structure, the latter filling out the bouquet.

A great example is the Allesverloren Touriga Nacional.
Read more… Allesverloren
Source:  wikipediaAllesverloren

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