Between Heaven and Hell

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Beatific Rieslings from the Rheingau‘s grape whisperer, Gunter Künstler

I‘ll be damned if I know which one‘s the boss,” winegrower Gunter Künstler once said, speaking about the purported hierarchy of his Hochheim vineyards. Be that as it may, the delicate and deep Rieslings from the Hochheimer Hölle are renowned for their aging potential, monumental power and mineral elegance. “Hölle” means hell in German, but one sip and you‘ll think heaven. Or, if we want to settle on the earthly plane: Künstler‘s wines are
liquid monuments to nature.

The wines of the Hochheimer Hölle are at the center of this evening at Schmidt Z&KO, and offer a fascinating starting point for an experiment: what happens when four divine chefs are asked to cook up something devilish? TV chefs Ralf Zacherl and Mario Kotaska will be joined behind the stove by rising Berlin chef Marcel Woest, and together will produce a 5-course meal to pair with the wines from the Höllenberg. Your hellish thirst will be slaked by no less than Gunter Künstler himself. Perhaps Oscar Wilde best expressed what this quartet has in common: “I‘m a man of simple tastes. I‘m always satisfied with the best.”

If that might apply to you too, then this will be an evening of sublime entertainment.

Each bottle from the Hölle vineyard brings a different approach and personality to the affair: young and mature, powerful and soft, closed and communicative, mysterious and transparent. We might mention at this point that the name of the vineyard actually has nothing to do with Lucifer‘s realm – but perhaps it‘s better to let Gunter Künstler do it himself, accompanied by a glass of his wine.

Besides, with this angelic lineup of presenters, it‘s guaranteed to be a hell of a ride…

  • Sa. 3.3.
  • 5-course menu with accompanying wines
  • Schmidt Z&KO
  • Rheinstraße 45-46 | 12161 Berlin
  • Admission: 6:30 | Start: 7:00 pm
  • 129,-

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