Ashe ordered lunch with just a fraction too little regard for expense, and they drank some Frankenwein
to remind them of the old days.
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The other seminal moment was in Magdeburg with a friend, Fitzroy Maclean, who’d been there as a student before the war, and recommended frankenwein, distinguished by its flat round bottle – the Bocksbeutel, bit like Matteus Rose. It was fresh, elegant and classy. I’ve been trying to track it down ever since.
When the editor of this special suggested I might try some wine for him (did he need to ask twice? No!) it’s fair to say that New World wines weren’t my first pick. ‘How about Eastern Europe?’ I said, with an eye to Macedonia. Or failing that, Germany? It’s far too long since I’ve tasted Frankenwein and you can’t get the best stuff here for love nor money.
If you haven’t already, Peter, you really should try some Frankenwein from the Franconia region of Bavaria in Germany [principally around Wurzburg and Bamberg]. It comes in a specially shaped bottle and is drier than many other German wines but has a luscious fruitiness.
Frankenwein is a German wine from Franconia (mainly in Bavaria) that I have never found in the UK and the dry white is recommended.
Wiirzburg is the principal city of Franconia, a region of vineyards large and small, where a delightful white wine is produced, Frankenwein.
Should you wish to explore the actual contents of a Bocksbeutel our York member, Martin Bayne, runs Harlequin Wines and specialises in Frankenwein. For more information...
A lively baroque city smack in the middle of the Frankenwein region and home to one of Germany’s oldest universities, Würzburg is the proud home of UNESCO Heritage Site the Residenz Palace.
There were two festivals in town that weekend, the Mozartfest in which the SCO was participating, the other being a festival of wine, celebrating the local Frankenwein in its distinctive bottle, the "Bocksbeutel”.
The climate in this region is continental, with warm and dry summers and cold winters, which gives a special personality to Franken wines.
A traditional Franken wine is easy to spot – it comes in a Bocksbeutel, a short, rounded flask. What's in the bottle? Odds are it will not be a Riesling, ...
While you’ve most likely heard of Riesling, you may not know about Franken wine. Not Frankenstein wine but Franken wine. Franconia (Franken) is one of the 13 wine regions in Germany.