Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Sparkling Wine Making

Right now we have an event going on in the Rheingau which is called "Schlemmerwoche" ("week of feasting"). It means that for this week, the participating wineries open their cellars, have special events like this one - a tour about the making of sparkling wine or "Sekt" as we call it - or just put up some chairs and tables in their garages or living rooms and offer food and wine.

What you see in the photo is a cork for a champagne/sparkling wine bottle before it's been pressed into the bottle. You see, it doesn't have the typical shape yet, that we see when we open a sparkling wine bottle. The cork is lying on a "Rüttelpult" (which I'm going to explain later) and in the background you see people tasting the "Sekt".

24 Comments:

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Gudl said...

Eat and drink something for me, too, will you?
(Rheingauer red wine, would be fine!)

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger Marieta said...

I enjoy these wine festivals..have them here too - cheers!

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger MoonSoleil said...

Yummy, me too!
Sekt would be nicer than working just now.

Brilliant picture by the way! =)

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger Arnaud said...

Cheers!!

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Kris said...

i see on the cork ,the name "Rheingau" , cool ! Like the angle of this shot !

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Kala said...

such a great educational post - now if I can only learn how to pronounce those big and long german words!!! I like the composition and color of the image - matches your blog template!

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Jill said...

VERY interesting post! Good job on positioning the cork.

 
At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Suby said...

Interesting, you sure do learn something new each day :)

Nice shot, I would have to make the image stand out even more darkened slightly the background. sharpened the forground and played with the colours in curves. Okay you know what, can you send me the original of this shot, let me see if I can put my money where my mouth is(I'll try)

Suby
subysphoto@googlemail.com

 
At 5:21 PM, Blogger Carlos said...

Nice info. 'woche' is week and Schlemmer? I am trying to learn German. Good perspective in this picture too.

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Maya said...

What a wonderful event! something everyone has been waiting for I bet...That's an effective marketing :-) Do you pay to participate? how much? or it's completey free?

Nice shot, Nicola...:-) I wonder how they put that 'big' cork into the mouth of a bottle ;-)

 
At 5:32 PM, Blogger Sandy said...

Sounds like a great time to me!

 
At 6:48 PM, Blogger Karine said...

Really interesting comments you have there Nicola! And what a great time this must been. I especially like the fact that people open their cellar and let others in to have some wine feasting. I love the idea. Really nice :)

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger siege2050 said...

Very cool photo. You live in a very beautiful place.

 
At 8:54 PM, Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

kinda fun festival:-) i like people in the background- we can see the paticipants, great dof shot:-)

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger Sam said...

What a lovely photo!
I never saw a cork before it got its form - cool!

 
At 12:20 AM, Blogger Terra Vecchia said...

on boit un coup...

 
At 2:13 AM, Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

Interesting shot.

 
At 2:31 AM, Blogger Sidney said...

Interesting picture and explanation! Indeed, you can still learn every day !

 
At 2:34 AM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

Merveilleux. À la vôtre!

For the quiz: those green things are wine bottles - Sekt bottles to be precise, they are heavier glass than still wine bottles to resist the pressure of the bubbly stuff, and they are in racks to accomodate Sekt! ;-)

Drat! There isn' t a quiz!

I always assumed the colours of this blog's template were intended to depict the green hills of the Rheingau wine region and of the white wine, green grapes, darker green bottles. They use the same colour scheme in Alsace, which I know better.

Now - the 100 euro question - what kinds of snacks and small dishes are served with the Sekt? Something like Flammenküche? Bits of cheeses and sausages?

 
At 3:39 AM, Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

Must be a great week - nice idea - great for socaialising - the shot is cool - with a great perspective - is it just me or is that cork huge?

 
At 4:39 AM, Blogger micki said...

Great composition, especially with the cork in the shot!!

 
At 11:03 PM, Anonymous deji77 said...

interesting shot.

uhmmmm is the tasting free???

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Andreea said...

if i would have known we would be there :). perhaps next year, who knows ...

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thank you all for your great comments! Always appreciated!

gudl - sure, I'll think of you. :)

fotoaddict - good eye!

nicholas - haha, yes, german long words are not easy... As for the colors, that made me choose this template. :)

suby - that's a great advice. Thank you!

maya - oh yes, that's very effective marketing! We've been visiting some places but there are just too many.
Luckily some of them open again after the "Schlemmerwoche" as well.

lagatta - haha, you're in the quiz mood again. I keep my eyes open for another one... Something that goes really nice with Sekt/sparkling wine are strawberries. Otherwise we have them for all special occasions of course, and you can just have it with your regular food. Depends on your preferences ;).

adam - yes, that cork is quite big. That's why it's easier to use a machine to press it into the bottle.

deji77 - yes, the tasting was free (courtesy of the winery), but it was good advertisment for them and quite a few people bought some bottles afterwards.

 

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