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The Weihnachtsstollen is a traditional German fruit cake made with butter, rum-macerated sultanas, candied citrus peels and a marzipan (almond paste) filling. However, this Stollen is refined to a special treat after a Saxon family recipes, handed down in 1925, by using as toping an almond crust that crowns the light and brittle but moist texture of the cake of only a touch of sweetness. The ‘Christstollen’ keeps for several months and definitely matches the other more famous Saxon ‘Dresdner Stollen’, which has the traditional powdered sugar topping and is much denser and heavier. At Christmas time this specialty is sent by the Profittlichs all over the world.

Mail Order:

Christstollen shipped to USA:

Handling: 3.50€; Shipping 17€ and more.

Payment by bank transfer ONLY after getting the separately mailed bill. No PayPal or Credit Cards: L!


Café Profittlich

Drachenfelsstr. 21
53604 Rhöndorf


Stollen. 500g: 11.79€,   750g: 16.50€.

Giftbox. 750g Stollen and wine: 25.98€.

Above and right: Taken from Café Profittlich’s website.

Tel.: 02224 - 2796 (2686)

From USA: 011-49-2224-2796 (Frau Reinte)

Bakery, Pastry and Wine House since 1892.



Revival of a German Tradition:

Enjoying ‘Stollen’ during the Advent season in anticipation of Christmas.



The package arrived slightly torn

but the content was well protected and undamaged.

The package contained a small Stollen and a gift box.

A safely packed 500g Stollen





The Christmas gift box

A 750g Stollen and a ‘noble’ sweet wine





It arrived just in time for the 1st Advent

The 750g Christstollen





The entire order of one 500g Stollen and a gift box with a 750g Stollen and wine, as well as shipping and handling, came to 77.26€ (~82$)



For Christmas a special German Wine

and the traditional Christstollen





This order of a gift box with a 750g Stollen and wine was with Handling 33.45 and the shipping costs to the USA were 35.99, resulting in a total of 69.44€ (~76$)



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German Wines

13 Designated Regions**):




Links to Wines enjoyed in CT


·       Ahr

o   Spätburgunder

·       Mittelrhein

o   Riesling



Grape Varieties**)

{The Grapes}

Riesling, Silvaner and Mueller-Thurgau are typical and most common; Gewürztraminer and Ruländer (Pinot Gris) are refined. Others include:  Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)



·       Mosel, Saar and Ruwer

o   Riesling


·       Nahe

o   Riesling

·       Rheinhessen

o   Riesling

·       Pfalz

o   Gewürztraminer

·       Franken

o  Silvaner

Hessen Bergstrasse

Baden (including its extinct volcano Kaiserstuhl)








German Home of Red Wines: Blauer Spätburgunder and Portugieser.

Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Portugieser are the two principal red grape varieties of Germany, producing light-bodied red wines that are easy-to drink and soft in tannins.




Private direct purchase




Experience: (/5)



Find: The wines from the Ahr are at this time not widely available in Germany as well as in the USA. Most of the red wine production from this small region is consumed locally in nearby Bonn site of many government offices.


Categories: German wines are categorized into two groups, the larger one is designated as Qualitätswein, the smaller and better one as Prädikatswein.


2012 Dernauer Klosterberg Spätburgunder Halbtrocken,

Ahr, Germany





Riesling, Müller-Thurgau

Red: Spätburgunder

Racy Rieslings are grown on forbiddingly steep slopes along the Rhine as it flows from near Bingen to Koblenz to Bonn. Both sides of the river provide wind protected vineyards between the numerous ruins of castles and palaces along the most picturesque stretches of the Rhein.

The slate soil along the river implants a distinctive character.



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Experience: (5/5)

This Riesling has a great body of fruit and fragrance. As Spätlese it provides the additional weight that the wine can easily carry without being overwhelmingly sweet. It easily stands out compared with the Gewürztraminer from the Pfalz.


Find: The wines from the Mittelrhein are at this time not widely available in the USA. I got this wine in a gift box with a Christstollen from regional Café Profittlich.






2012 PieperKoenigswinterer Drachenfels Riesling Spätlese, Mittelrhein, Germany


Quality Levels of Prädikatswein: The quality of German wines depends on the ripeness of the grapes at harvest time and ranks the wines according to their sweetness from dry to off-dry to sweet and honeyed: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein





Riesling, Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau

The wines of the Moseland and its tributaries, the Saar and the Ruwer, are richly fragrant, pale in color, light bodied with a lively, fruity acidity. There are four distinct regions: the Lower Mosel, Middle (Mittel) Mosel, Saar and Ruwer. The variation in microclimates makes it almost certain that superb wine will be produced somewhere within the region in any given year

The slaty soil imparts a distinctive taste to Mosel wines, ranging from fine-fruity to earthy, or "flinty".



Harry's Wine & Liquor Market, 2094 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824






Experience: (/5)





2011 St. Ludwin Bernkasteler Kurfustlay Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, Germany





Riesling, Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau

The wines can range from racy elegance to robustness.

The 180 meter high Rotenfels is the biggest rock face north of the Alps and shelters a narrow terraced vineyard at its base, one of the most famous in the region.


2012 Paul Anheuser - Schlossbockelheimer Konigsfels Riesling Kabinett 2012, Nahe, Germany


The Wine Thief, 378 Whitney Ave, New Haven






Experience: ***** (4.5/5)

A lighter bodied wine with a soft play of fruit and weight (sweetness).



$18.99 Winfield-Flynn, Ltd.

558 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016, (212) 679-4455




Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Riesling

Red: Portugieser, Spaetburgunder

The largest wine growing region in Germany produces interesting wine of more complexity if grown closer to the Rhine. The wines are delicately fragrant, mild, soft, and medium-bodied.

Due to varying soil types and microclimates, many grape varieties are grown.



2012 George Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Paterberg Riesling Kabinett, Nierstein, Germany


Mt Caramel Wine & Spirits, 2977 Whitney Ave, Hamden



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Experience: ***** (5/5)

A full bodied wine with an intense play of fruit and sweetness and a rich bouquet.



$9.99 Brookline Liquor Mart, 1354 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

(617) 734-7700

No longer available: 06-20-15





Riesling, Kerner, Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Mono-Muskat, Scheurebe, Gewürztraminer.

Red: Spätburgunder, Portugieser


The largest wine producing region in Germany.  Grown in the north on clay and mari soils produces pleasant mild wines rich in bouquet. Chalk, clay and loess soils in the south yield mild, fresh and often intense wines.

The white wines are aromatic, mild, round and full-bodied, expressive. The red wines are smooth and fruity.


2013 A. Diehl Gewürztraminer Kabinett, Pfalz, Germany

2014 A. Diehl Gewürztraminer Kabinett, Pfalz, Germany




Wine & Liquor Warehouse, 465 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT 06019. 860-693-4050

$14.99 (by case: 12.59)


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Experience: ***** (5/5)

Gewürztraminer produce great intense full bodied wines with a maximum play of sweetness (weight) and fruitiness on a rich lasting background. The new 2014 vintage has noticeably more weight and thus produces an intensified experience that is so typical for German white wines.



$13.99 Harry's Wine & Liquor Market

2094 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824




Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling

Traditionally, most Franken wines are bottled in a squat, dark green flagon called a ‘Bocksbeutel’. In Franken – uniquely, Riesling is outperformed by Silvaner, the ‘King of Franken’.

Franken is in the eastern wine-growing regions, with most of its vineyards planted on hilly slopes of the Main River and its tributaries.

Franken wine is the most masculine of Germany's wines, often drier and earthier than wines from other regions and are characterized as vigorous, earthy, robust, dry, and often full-bodied.




2012 Winzerkeller Sommerach 'Sommeracher' Katzenkopf Silvaner Kabinett Trocken, Franken, Germany 




Astor Wines & Spirits, De Vinne Press Building, 399 Lafayette (at East 4th St.)

New York, NY 10003



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Experience: ***** (/5)

This full-bodied wine is dry but filled with golden apple, pear, and flinty minerality with a seductive texture. It is heavily engaging leaving you with an emotional wonderful feeling of intimacy!

Pair this Franconian Silvaner with classic German dishes including curry wurst and/or pork schnitzels.


$16.99 Astor Wines, tem # 31081 | (750)mL)

If web-listed wine is out of stock (less than 12 bottles left) call Marco: 1-212-674-7500. Free UPS shipping over $100.

*) from Astor’s website








(next wine to be enjoyed)


Experience: ***** (/5)*)




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