Pfifferlinge and Wein

by on July 2, 2008


Off the topic of churches for today.  Let’s talk food and drink!  

(Yes I promised a video of exquisite stained-glass windows and more of the Münster Cathedral.  You’ll find the links at the end of this post!)

Tis the season of the Pfifferlinge.  Variously described as a fungus, a mushroom or as the French call it: chanterelle…this yellowish-colored mushroom is delicious! 


Pfifferlinge is served in a variety of ways but the favored is in a delicious creamy sauce that is served over rice or pasta or Knödel (a dumpling made from potatoes).  

The most interesting fact about the Pfifferlinge is these mushrooms cannot be cultivated.  They are harvested from their natural habitat (the forest) and for that reason they are available for only a very short time (about 4 weeks) in the early summer.

They are scrumptious and so far we’ve enjoyed them with Knödel, over pasta and in a green salad.

And with every good meal is served a scrumptious German wine (Wein).  Where have these German wines been all this time?  Our friend The Doc here in Bad Homburg…a connoisseur…has given me an introductory lesson to the variety of German wines (Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein) and all I can say is the world is missing out!   (Shannon…I think I have now tasted every single type of wine that you recommended!)   Sure…you can probably get some of these wines in some places some of the time but the best stays right here in Germany. 

The problem…well only for the rest of the world and this is what the locals tell me…if the German wine makers did a better job of international marketing the prices would get too high and there would be none of these excellent wines left for the Germans to enjoy.   I keep saying…there is an opportunity here and they keep saying…Shhhhsh!

This link is for Shannon.

This is the last of the photos from Freiburg.

And this is the video of stained-glass windows from the Münster Cathedral.

My next post will be a real treat.  Something old and huge and so very beautiful and interesting from the Rheingau.


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shan July 2, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Thank you so much for the clock close up, beautiful. i am so envious of the wines you are getting to relish. i was lucky to have worked with one of the biggest importers of german wines when i was in fort worth selling wines, and have gotten to try some of the high end wines we are priveledged to have available here in the states, but he always said to taste THE best german wines you had to go there. ENJOY, salute!

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