The palate-cleansing combination of bracing acidity and slatey minerality make this wine the perfect foil for the richness of oily fish or fried or sautéed foods. So why not serve it with a dish that features both of these elements? Simple salmon burgers fit the bill perfectly. Just combine pink canned salmon with an egg, a dollop of mayo, panko breadcrumbs, lemon zest, parsley, finely chopped onion, and black pepper. Form into patties, sauté both sides until golden brown, finish in a 400 degree oven for about 4 minutes, and serve on a brioche bun with slivered red onion, dill mayo, and a squeeze of lemon. All that's left is to pour yourself a glass of Heymann-Löwenstein Von Blauem Schiefer and allow yourself to be transported to Riesling heaven.
Heymann-Löwenstein wines stand out in a crowd of other Mosel Rieslings, even great ones, with their perfectly balanced power and laser-focused precision. Unlike other Mosel winemakers, who traditionally do not separate grapes grown on different soils, winemaker Reinhard Löwenstein creates each of his wines to reflect the influence of the various slate soils covering some of the steepest vineyards along the Mosel. This almost obsessive focus on terroir—along with ultra-low yields and very old vines—results in extremely high-quality fruit and allows Löwenstein to “trust” his wines to develop in the cellar without much intervention. One sip of Von Blauem Schiefer quickly reveals the stunning results of this terroir-driven approach. The concentrated core of spiced crisp apple, white flowers, and lime zest is backed by perfectly-balanced acidity and an unmistakable blue slate-laced minerality that is truly akin to sucking on a piece of slate. The result on the palate is nothing short of electric.
A free spirit at heart, winemaker Reinhard Löwenstein has always had a bit of a rebellious streak. In his youth he decided not to follow his family’s long winemaking tradition, instead opting for a life of political activism, even becoming a member of the French Communist Party. Eventually disillusioned with politics, he returned to Germany, but quickly found that as an ex-communist, at that time, employers were not too eager to hire him. This left Reinhard with no other choice but to return to his winemaking roots, where his questioning mind and tendency to cut against the grain have made him one of the most famous and iconoclastic winemakers in Germany. In 2005, Heymann-Löwenstein was named Foreign Wine of the Year by La Revue du Vin de France, beating out such notables as Vega Sicilia Unico and Ridge Monte Bello. Now that should tell you something!