I was here for lunch today with a friend, at his suggestion. He praised their wine list, and with good reason. My friend was a bit delayed so I ordered one of their fall ciders: hot, with a shot of rum and two slices of apple - supposedly the apple variety from which the cider was made. While I mulled over that (sorry) I had time to study the wine list: fairly comprehensive, good selection. Since their menu had a seasonal bent towards spicy, meaty selections, I paid close attention to their Rieslings. The sommelier obviously knew his Germans because they were really good selections, especially from the Mosel and it's tributaries. I debated between a 2010 Grunhaus Abtsberg and a 2011 Graacher Domprobst Kabinett from Schaefer, choosing the latter because the alcohol was only 8.5% vs 11% for the former. I just have a problem with higher alcohol (above 9.5%) Germans because I think it diminishes the whole experience. The wine was paired with kielbasa, sauerkraut and spatzele, which turned out to be excellent as the freshness of the wine cut the fattiness of the sausage. I was hesitant to rate the place as excellent on the basis of one visit, but think the above plus really professional service may have been enough to do so. We ate in the non-reservation bar area, albeit at a table; there is a nicer dining room in the back of the restaurant which would be better at night as well as a bit quieter. To coin a phrase, "I shall return!"
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