Posts Tagged ‘germany’

The Wusthof Creme Ikon Collection – A Designer Touch

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Made in Solingen, Germany Wüsthof have set the standard for designing and manufacturing precision knives since 1814. Renowned all over the world for their uncompromising quality in the art of knife making, each Wüshtof knife is precision forged from a single piece of specially tempered, high carbon, stain resistant steel.

Sounds impressive doesn’t it? Well it is! But for me, it isn’t just about the construction. It’s actually beautiful to look at. It’s elegant and has an old world bone China charm to it – don’t you think?

Beyond its beauty, each knife is engineered to provide the perfect balance and weight required for effortless handling. This unique creme handle design will harmonize with the modern homes of white, beige or taupe. Fresh and clean… The way I like it! – (08) 9353 7819

Noble Wine Of The Week – J.Lohr Estates 2009 Wildflower Valdiguié

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Reviewed by Stewart Noble from for

Ever since my first trip to the USA last year, where I drank nothing but American wines the entire time, I started to wonder why so few American wines are available in Australia. This isn’t about being unpatriotic, it’s about access to whatever wine I wish. I can go to virtually any large retail outlet and easily pick up a wine from New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, Germany without having to look all that hard. However, if you want to get a wine made in the United States, and you take away the odd bottle of Oregon Pinot , you’ll have to look pretty carefully, unless you just happen to be lucky enough to live near one of the very few bottle shops that can boast some sort of USA wine selection.

I understand there are multiple reasons for this, not the least of which is the consideration from American wineries about whether Australia is a viable export market. California alone has a a population of just under 37 million, so why bother with a country on the other side of the world with just over 20 million?

Ian Lindsay, from USA Wines Direct, tells me that Australia exported over 25 million cases of Aussie wine to the US last year, yet we only imported  just over15, 000 cases of theirs! America may have a population 14 times larger than ours, but we are importing 1,666 times less wine than we are exporting. As Chris Rock would say, “That ain’t right!”

Thankfully, Ian is doing what he can to introduce American, and more specifically, Californian wines, into the Australia market and his portfolio currently boasts the biggest range of American wines in Australia. One of these wines is the J.Lohr 2009 Valdiguié, from Monterey on the Californian Coast, close to halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and just a few hours from the far more famous region of Napa Valley.

The Valdiguié grape was commonly referred to in California as ‘Napa Gamay’ and it was believed at one time that it actually was the Gamay grape, only to discover that this was not correct. Sounds a little like the recent fiasco in Australia with our Albariño turning out to be Savagnin!

This wine has a colour of deep purple and cherry red with an enticing aroma of ripe, red berry fruits. On my first sip of this completely new variety for me I thought “Wow… this is delicious!” Juicy fruit flavours and subtle natural sweetness make for an enjoyable wine that, when served slightly chilled, makes a fantastic, easy drinking summer red wine.

J.Lohr Estates 2009 Wildflower Valdiguié
Price –
$19.95 from
Region – Monterey, California, USA
Final Sip –
A thoroughly enjoyable wine that, at $20 makes for the perfect entry level American wine experience.

A Clever Knife Block Made By Clever People

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I love this! A marvellous little contraption – or a knife holder rather!

It is made from 900 bamboo skewers which are cleverly assembled in Bavaria, Germany, to hold your knives safely and securely.

The sheltered workshop Side by Side in Bavaria help intellectually and physically disabled people construct these great knife blocks. A wonderful design, great initiative and a functional product!

It sells for $165 from

Where Would I Rather Be?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Photos by Adrian Erdedi

Where would I rather be? I’d rather be in Kulmbach, Germany.

A city famous for Bratwürste and the Plassenburg Castle, Kulmbach is one of those Bavarian cities you wouldn’t ever think of visiting when traveling through Germany, but if you have the chance to, is definately one to mark on your map.

It’s an old city, with medieval charm and small town warmth. The streets are cobble stone, quadrangles with fountains, piazzas with cafeterias and famously known for it’s Bierfest at the end of July, which brings people young and old from all over to enjoy authentic Bavarian food, beer and local entertainment.

The city sits at the foot of the Plassenburg Castle, which soars high above the city. The grand architecture, the tight and winding streets, the forest surrounding the whole city and the snow that falls in Winter, Kulmbach is one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited.

Fields full of red tulips and kind locals who are happy to give you the time of day, my entire time in Kulmbach was one of my most memorable times in Germany. Close to the city of Bayreuth and about an hour from the large and amazing city of Nürnberg.

Small boutique accommodation is available throughout the city and I suggest you book something in advance for a couple of nights. Hire a car and travel around all the small towns nearby, I trust you have never seen such amazing scenery and visited some of the most interesting historic sites.

I can’t wait to get back to Kulmbach and visit the friends I have there.