Ulli Stein has become a cult figure in the wine world and in restaurants like Noma and Momofuku Ko. He and his wife cultivate on steep blue slate slopes and live at their mountaintop inn overlooking Mosel receiving a constant flow of devoted Ulli fans making the pilgrimage.
The Stein’s passionately advocate for the preservation of the Mosel Valley. This riesling just makes me smile. Asian pear, lychee on a summer’s day, light and fresh with backbone to boot, off-dry finish. Mostly sourced from vines in the St. Aldegunder Klosterkammer. Practicing organic farming and minimal intervention in the cellar.
Stein says wine isn’t what he wants to make, it is what the vineyards give to him. This is a stunning "Feinherb" Riesling (meaning there is just the tiniest pearl of residual sugar left in the wine, which is kept in balance by the zesty acidity).
region: Mosel, Germany
style: off dry white
pairing: late summer sweetcorn dusted with hot smokey paprika or any cuisine that has a bit of a kick to it