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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tim Atkin MW recounts one of his favourite German wine stories in his weekly column. It occurred at Vinopolis' London opening while a smattering of journalists were shown around with accompanying headsets and commentary. One writer nipped to the pristine new toilets for a piddle only to hear "Welcome to Wines of Germany" ringing in his ears. Much has changed since then, says Atkin, and Riesling in particular has led the renaissance recently. He recommends the 2006 Dartling Estate Riesling (6.99, Marks & Spencer), the 2007 Spy Valley Riesling Malborough (7.99, Bibendum) and the "lime-scented" 2007 Tingleup Great Southern Riesling (5.99, Tesco).