Die Weinstube Spitzhäuschen (a wine bar) from 1416 in Bernkastel-Kues, Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany. Bernkastel-Kues is a winegrowing center on the Mosel river. The town lies 50 km from Trier and is a state-recognized health resort (Erholungsort) and birthplace of one of the most famous German polymaths, the mediaeval churchman and philosopher Nikolaus von Kues (Cusanus). There are many wineries here - Riesling is the customary grape variety, although smaller quantities of other varieties, such as Burgunder, Rivaner, Kerner and Dornfelder, are also grown.
We were able to
sneak away to the beach yesterday.
I’m sure our stretch
of unbearably hot temperatures will come this summer, but so far, Portlanders have been lucky. Yesterday’s high was in the mid-eighty degree range – a perfect
reason to head to the beach. Jobs were pushed aside and we drove to Lincoln
City to hunt for agates at low tide. We packed a few beers and some sandwiches
in our bike panniers and pedaled down the sand to the gravel beds, where we
poked around for about three hours in the sunshine.
After the tide
turned and we knew the sand would soon be soft, we left. We stashed our sandy
gear back into the car and drove to wine country, which was conveniently
located on the path home. It was good to sip Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the
sunshine at Stoller Family Estates.
Today is an inside
day. The weather continues to be spectacular, but I’m enjoying it through the
open window as I work on a job. I hope the rest of the week promises to be as
good as its beginning.