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1978 - Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay (Mosel)

1978 Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling. Most of the wines in this area are made from the Riesling grape.


The label has a good photo of Bernkastel, probably from the lower part of the hill of Burg Landshut. The quality of color printing leaves something to be desired. You can see the hut in the Berncasteler Doctor vineyard on a level with the church spire and to the right. If you use your imagination, you might see pat of Hotel Drei Könige at the far left. Janet and I stayed there in 2003. Schäferhöhe, the elevated part of Graach, is near the top of the hill.


This is the first year for the "new" standard size of wine bottles, 0.75 liters (750 ml, 25.4 ounces) rather than 0.7 liters (700 ml, 23.7 ounces). I have not learned how this came about. There must have been a story in Europe. I saw a statement that the U.S. changed the size of bottles in which wine could be imported appropriately, but, but the American market for European wines was certainly not large enough to force a change in German / European standards.


The change was effective in 1979, which is when the 1978 vintage would have been bottled.


Anyone who has insight on the change in bottle size is welcome to comment.

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Taken in October 1978