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  • March 14, 2022
  • Mosel Wine

  • by Lars Carlberg

Our translation of Karl Heinrich Koch's 1897 masterpiece Moselwein, which has been nearly ten years in the making, has just been published. The English version Mosel Wine contains an insightful foreword by David Schildknecht, extensive notes, essays by Kevin Goldberg and Lars Carlberg, a short glossary of the amazingly complicated German vineyard designations, and a copy of the rare 1890 edition of Franz Josef Clotten’s 1868 Saar und Mosel Weinbau-Karte. Included is a facsimile of the complete original Moselwein. The book, written during the heyday of Mosel wine, is now available in either paperback or e-book form. Buy it from AbeBooks, Adlibris, Amazon, Bokus, Barnes & Noble, Book People, IndieBound, McNally Jackson, Powell's, or wherever books are sold. ♦

  • Håkon Aspøy says:

    Congratulations, Lars.

    I pre-ordered my copy last week and was notified yesterday by Amazon that the book was on it’s way. I’m looking forward to finally be able to read it. I’ll be sure to introduce it to friends in Norway at future Mosel tastings, especially when drinking lean, pale dry-tasting Rieslings.

    Speaking of which, last Saturday I opened a bottle of 1992 Elisabeth Christoffel-Berres Erdener Treppchen Auslese*** Trocken. It was light, fresh, and bone-dry, with only 11 % alcohol. It had aged very well and showed few signs of development.

    Kind regards, Håkon

    • Thanks, Håkon!

      I haven’t received my advanced copies either. Otherwise, I would have sent my newsletter on March 15, a day after the book was released. Out of curiosity, I also ordered a copy from Amazon to see how long it takes.

      Kabinett trocken from some producers has more than 11 percent alcohol in recent vintages.


  • Please note: When I received the proof copy in mid-February, I chose to have a slightly smaller book size. The proof copy is Pinched Crown; we ordered 52 copies, two of which were for critics, in this larger format. The switch from Pinched Crown to Royal occurred in late February. After the book was amended and released in March, I went back over it and made some minor changes. “First edition, revised in March 2022” is on the copyright page of the latest version.

  • Another note on the book: I ordered a copy from on March 26. This print run has a bright-green cover. My newsletter was sent on March 29.

  • We chose Per’s copy as the original in facsimile, because his has the handwritten note from Koch himself on the title page. The note is as follows: “To Herr Küfermeister Horberth, from whom I so often heard ‘er zappelt,’ dedicated by the author Koch.” I also like the green tint and patina of his cover, despite the underlined note at the top, “In Memory of Grandfather Stefan Horberth.” Per wrote about my discovery of this original copy in his introduction. In an 1884 address book of Mainz, the name of Koch’s barrel-making colleague was spelled Stephan Horberth. The original book, such as the copy on my bookshelf, has a light-blue cover.

  • Gilberto Colangelo says:

    Just got my copy and looking forward to reading it. Looks like it was a lot of work, but very much worth it!

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