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German Maibaum & Malbec

Posted on May 18, 2015 by Sigrid There have been 0 comments


Maibaum (May Tree) & Malbec is the topic of today's post! We just came back from a wonderful 2.5 week trip to our old home Germany and saw those beautiful trees everywhere. Every woman or girl would feel honored to get one of these put up at her house as a sign of admiration...Gentlemen, your call!

See the beautiful May Trees in action

As a quick background, the May Tree festival dates back to the 16th century and is celebrated predominantly in Germany and Austria; and in some other regions of Europe too.
A “Maibaum” is actually a really tall decorated tree or a tree trunk (without the branches) that is erected on May 1 in the village / town square. This tree is usually painted in blue and white, decorated with ribbons, emblems depicting local crafts and industry and has a small pine tree at the top. And since its very local, each town has its own uniquely decorated tree. Many towns also have a big festival around it that includes a procession, bands, singing, dancing, food, drinks and a lot of merry fun.

However the best part of this festival is the celebration / proclamation of Love. Any young guy who likes another girl gets a tree (from the forest / market) and decorates it with colored ribbons and other decorations. After that he attaches a red heart-shaped note with the name of the girl written on it and then puts this “Maibaum” on the top of her roof in the middle of the night. He then leaves it for a month and post that returns to take it down. If the girl likes him then she invites him for a date or a kiss but if she doesn’t like him, then its just bad luck and means nothing for him.

And, here is our weekly deal on the double 91pts rated Malbec:


91 POINTS Wine Spectator - "Fresh and floral, featuring crushed raspberry and racy cherry notes on a minerally frame, with silky tannins marking the lengthy finish."

91 POINTS The Wine Advocate - "The 2012 Malbec (first vintage was 2003) is a blend of three vineyards from Medrano, one from Lujan, one from Gualtallary (the highest altitude) and one from La Consulta in the Uco Valley. There is a short fermentation (7 days) but it resulted in a very dark-colored, ripe wine with aromas of blackberries, a touch of red fruit, and hints of smoke and spices. It is quite intense. The old vines are always different in the nose and the palate and this feels like an old-vine Malbec, medium-bodied palate, supple, mineral, rounder, velvety, grapy and silkier. Tannin and alc. are well-integrated and in the background. Drink now-2018. "

Founded in 1998, Achaval-Ferrer is a team of friends who dream about great wines. Achaval-Ferrer is also a collection of old vineyards in beautiful places. They are committed to the production of wines that are expressive of their terroir. They are a small winery because this is the key to top quality. Low yields allow the vineyards to express their personality in the grapes.

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