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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 paperback. 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 past vintages.

      Best,
      Lars

  • 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 Amazon.de 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!

  • QinMeng Cai says:

    Hi Lars, thank you for publishing such a great book, also in electronic version, which makes it easier for me to read.

    The note to Scharzhofberg in the book is 6 owners, are weingut Johannes Peters and Georg Graf von Walderdorff winery missing? Or have they changed?

    • Thanks, Cai. In my endnote on Scharzhofberg, I purposely didn’t list Johannes Peters and Georg Graf von Walderdorff. It was my intention to mention only the six main landowners of Scharzhofberg, but there are actually eight in total.

      Your question makes my note seem incomplete, so I have decided to make a last-minute addition to a revised edition of the book, which will come out in early June.

      Markus Molitor recently leased (from Peters) a 0.5-ha parcel on the far eastern edge of what was once Scharzberg, and Georg Graf von Walderdorff has (from Resch) a 0.06-ha sliver of land in Pergentsknopp.

  • Yesterday, we decided to unpublish the e-book version, because almost all copies that have been sold since publication have been in paperback. It therefore made no sense to have the e-book updated a third time. The e-book conversions to the file formats (whether Kindle Edition or iBook) cost a lot of money. We are glad that our readers prefer print for this book.

  • Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Mosel Wine. The book has been an enormous success since it was published in mid-March (shout-out to Valerie Kathawala of Trink for her review!). A newly revised edition of Mosel Wine, with a few tweaks and additional details, came out in early June.

    An errata sheet is available upon request.

  • Editor’s note: I corrected one error. After all these years of proofreading the text, none of us caught “Trabener Schlossberg” in the translation. It should be Trarbacher Schlossberg. It was incorrectly transcribed from the beginning. The footnote is correct. Otherwise, I fine-tuned a couple of things and provided a few more details here and there.

  • In my endnote on Scharzhofberg, I mentioned that the pre-1971 Scharzhofberg was 18 ha. Today, Scharzhofberg is 28.1 ha. Per later discovered that Egon Müller I received financing from his father-in-law to double the vineyard property from 9 to 18 ha, which, Per says, must have taken place after 1888 when Egon I took over the estate from his father, Felix.

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