Spanish Wine meets Jazz 25 Aug 2012

Spanish Wine meets Jazz

August 25, 2012 from 6.30 p.m.

Melanie Bristol, owner of Melovin Vino in Ramstein, presents

4 of her very special Spanish wines from her selection

Alex Kogel, head chef at Kastanienhof, serves a corresponding

4-course menu with Spanish flair

Patti Shen and her pianist Samuel Jersak play the best of Jazz

This will create a crackling atmosphere

€50 per Person

Please RSVP to and make payment NLT 22 Aug to Melanie Bristol, Konto Nr. 19294900 Bankleitzahl Nr. 54092400 Volksbank Glan-Munchweiler


Apartment Hotel & Restaurant 

Donnersberger Strasse 7; 67814 Dannenfels

Tel.: 0 63 57 – 509 05 27



August Wine of the Month

If you had a chance to taste this spectacular wine last Saturday, you won’t want to miss out on this sale.  When it comes to really powerful red wines, I have come to love what the Spanish do with the Tempranillo variety. At their best these wines are powerful yet not overpowering, bringing the thunder without forgetting the elegance.

The people behind Bodegas Aalto are well respected wine professionals: winemaker Mariano Garcia (who came to fame at Ribera del Duero’s Vega Sicilia) and Javier Zaccagnini (formerly head of the ‘Consejo Regulador’, the regulatory body of the Ribera del Duero appellation).

Aalto 2009

Winery:   Aalto Bodegas y Viñedos

D.O.: Ribera del Duero

Variety: 100% Tinto Fino 


This wine is made of old Tinta Fina (Tempranillo) vines aged of 60-100 years. The grapes are highly selected and manually harvested. They go through a meticulous and traditional winemaking. 50% of the fermentation and ageing take place in new French oak barrels, while the rest is conducted in first and second year French and American oak barrels. Once bottled, this wine stays in the cellar for a few additional months.  An extraordinary wine with a great life ahead. It can be stored up to 2028.  The wine is intense, elegant, fresh, deep, sexy and complex. 

Color:  Intense deep dark cherry color. Clean wine with elegant dense slow-falling tears. 

Nose:  Very intense, seductive and complex aromas. Ripe red and black fruit are released along with very intense noble wooden hints wrapped in a range of spicy aromas of vanilla, black chocolate, liquorice and Havana cigars. Its balsamic aromas and its subtle mineral touches round out this great wine. 

Flavour:  Elegant, very tasty and concentrated wine with an excellent, very bulky attack and a silky texture. It shows a long, very intense mid palate with notes of fleshy fruit wrapped in the creaminess provided by the aromas of sweet spices, bitter cocoa and fresh liquorice. It has nice noticeable tannins, a fresh and balanced acidity and a very long and persistent finish with very pleasant toasted aromas. 

**Recommended to decant this wine an hour before serving it. Undoubtedly, a great wine.



Wine Festival at the Mühle am Schlossberg Wartenberg

With Melovin Vino 28 July, 1400-2000 

                  **Check out the venue at:

 10 different Bodegas & Wineries present their wines along with appetizers with fresh herbs from their garden; the Spaniard Franco Havener plays live Spanish music from his homeland.

 **Tickets including wine-tasting, appetizers and live music:   €35 per person 

Wines from Spain & the Rheingau

Bodegas Mauro – Tudela de Duero, Bodegas Aalto – Ribera del Duero, Bodegas Tábula – Ribera del Duero, Bodegas Ossian –  Rueda, Bodegas Nilo – Rueda, Bodegas Tandem – Navarra, Bodegas Pago de Tharsys – Requena, Finca Sandoval – La Mancha, Bodegas Aldonia – Rioja and J. Hicks Vineyards – Rheingau 

~Please Reserve @

 Address of venue: 

Schlossberg 16
67681 Wartenberg

Light and Refreshing June Wine of the Month

Bianca 100% Verdejo Grape 2011, Bodegas Nilo from Rueda Spain

The warmer weather is absolutely a welcome for a nice refreshing crisp white wine!  Bianca is great for sipping on the patio among friends or compliments a nice garden salad with light Tapas or fish.  This is my #1 selling white wine; excellent and completely delicious.

**Please see attached tasting notes on Bianca.

Bianca Verdejo 2011 Regular Price 10, 00 Sale Price 9, 50    W/VAT Form 7, 98

***Please Save the Date for July 28th; my next big event with over 8 Bodegas coming out to support.  Bodegas Nilo will be here with the whole family; after you taste Bianca you will have a chance to meet the family behind this beautiful wine!  The Bodegas will be coming from Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Requena, Tudela de Duero, Toro, Navarra, La Rioja and La Mancha.  This event will take place at the Mühle am Schlossberg;, more information to follow.

Salud to the month of June drinking fantastic vino among friends & family!

Kindest Regards,

Melovin Vino


The Perfect Pairing Event 16 June 2012

 It is with great pleasure to announce Chef Kipp Irland of Influence Catering and Melanie Bristol, owner of Melovin Vino, in conjunction with Mark Seawell; Mark Seawell’s Photo World is to host a combined Fine Food/Wine/Art evening at Historic Streitmühle in Altenglan.  The setting of the 300 year old mill, with its water wheel churning the glan River as it cascades down the spillway will leave you only inspired more by the fine art, wine and food pairings being offered.

Date: Saturday, 16 June 2012

Time:   4:00pm – 7:00pm

Location:  Streitmühle, Altenglan 66885

Entrance Fee: 7, 00 Euros, includes a complimentary glass of wine and Mediterranean Tapas

Payment Due:  NLT Thursday, 10 Jun 2012

We will be raffling a $30 voucher towards the purchase of a Fine Art landscape picture!

Matted and framed fine art photography prints will be available to view and purchase with breathtaking landscape scenes from the local area while Melanie, from Melovin Vino, will be providing an opportunity to purchase her superb Spanish and Italian wines from the various vineyards. . The mood is relaxed and inviting with Food, Wine and Landscape Art.  You won’t want to miss out on this great experience.  We hope to see you there!

Kipp, Melanie & Mark

May Madness Wine of the Month

Italian Piemonte Grignolino (red) 2010 & Spanish Damana Verdejo (white) 2009

It’s that time of year spring has sprung! The warmer weather is absolutely a welcomed change. With the change of seasons arrives changes in what we eat, lighter fresher fare is becoming ever more abundant. So seize the moment and treat your palate to seafood or lighter game like duck and while you’re at it indulge in a glass or bottle of fantastic white wine or light Red wine to compliment the new season. My two featured wines this Month are excellent examples of how interesting and completely delicious wine can be.

Piemonte Grignolino 2010 Regular Price 9, 50 – Sale Price 7, 95 W/VAT Form 6, 68

See Description Below:


Damana Verdejo 2009 Regular Price 6, 50 Sale Price 3, 50 W/VAT Form 2, 94

See Description Below:

Damana Verdejo 2009 ENG – Foto

Please save the date for July 28th; my next big event with over 7 Bodegas coming out to support.  Bodegas will be coming from Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Requena, Tudela de Duero, Toro, Navarra, La Rioja and La Mancha.  This event will take place at the Mühle am Schlossberg;, more information to follow.



April Wine Of The Month “Premium Spanish”

The Easter holiday is an excellent excuse to break out special bottles that will take your meal to new heights.  That is why I have chosen Mauro Vendimia Seleccionada 2003 for the Wine of the Month.  In the states this wine goes anywhere from 120.00 to 150.00 dollars a bottle.  You won’t want to miss out on my special deal this month for a wonderful wine for the holidays.  I had this wine last year for Easter Dinner and it was a Hit!


Regular Price:  55, 00 Euro a bottle

Sale, while Supplies last:  52, 00 Euro a bottle

With VAT Form:  43, 70 Euro a bottle

100% Tempranillo

Mauro Vendimia Seleccionada 2003 (Tudela de Duero)

Tasting Notes:  Serious and seductive on the nose, with aromas of licorice, cassis and spices to the forefront and subtle toasted notes behind.  Smooth, full and compact in the mouth, it possesses great richness, lively tannins and a velvety texture.

It was bottled in March 2007 after ageing for 33 months in vats and barrels of French and American oak, both new and used.

94 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #175 Feb 2008: The 2003 Vendimia Seleccionada is inky purple-colored. It has that slightly baked (from the searing heat of the vintage) aromatic character found in the best 1959 Bordeaux as well as fragrant notes of pain grille, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate the wine is opulent, complex, intense, and super-concentrated. It has a firm structure and enough tannin to develop for another 5-7 years. The finish lasts for longer than one minute. Drink this superb effort from 2012-2030.

Because of its geographical location 10 km from the boundary of Ribera del Duero, Bodegas Mauro does not qualify for the more prestigious D.O. Currently it has 35 hectares of vineyard in production. Winemaking is in the hands Alberto and Eduardo Garcia, sons of renowned Vega Sicilia winemaker Mariano Garcia.

93 Points

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 07 Inky ruby. A powerfully scented bouquet offers ripe cherry, blackberry, mocha and espresso, with almost porty richness. Gentle acidity adds verve to the deep, liqueur-like dark fruit flavors, with serious tannins building on the finish. Weighty, chewy and a bit brooding today, but this has superb material. 

Tempranillo is a dark-skinned red wine grape variety which forms the backbone of some of the very finest wines from Spain and Portugal. Almost every red wine from Rioja and Ribera del Duero in Spain has Tempranillo at its core, and in Portugal the variety is also widely used in Port and dry table wines from the Douro. Tempranillo vines have made their way successfully to both Australia and Argentina and, perhaps predictably, there is also a certain Tempranillo following in California.

Tempranillo means ‘the little early one’, a name given to it by Spanish grape growers who observed its habit of ripening earlier than Grenache (or rather, Garnacha), its traditional Spanish blending partner. It also goes by the synonyms Tinto Madrid, Tinto de la Rioja, Tinta de Toro and Cencibel, not to mention its Portuguese names Aragones and Tinta Roriz.


The month of March I have decided to go with a wonderful Italian wine.  Many of you have not had the opportunity to try out the great Italian wines I carry from CarlindePaolo from the Piemonte area.  All of their wines are fantastic and family-run in its fourth generation.

Take this opportunity to try the wine at a discount price.

Regular Price 11, 50

Discounted Price 10, 50 

If you are using a VAT Form the discounted price will be 8, 82 a bottle. 

Item:  Carlin de Paolo, Barbera D’Asti, Barbera D’Asti DOC

Vintage:  2010

Producer:  Carlin de Paolo

Country:  Italy-Piedmont 

General characteristics: Barbera is a culture in the Asti area. It has left its mark in time setting the pace of the territory life and deserving the best of attention. The studies and experimentation’s dedicated to its vine have resulted in a high quality wine characterized by great versatility. Best appreciated is the new vintage type even though this is a wine that can be preserved and enjoyed in time; it is the synthesis of a painstaking care for the vineyard, the right choice of harvesting time and a skillful processing. Obtained after a relatively short maceration of 6 – 8 days at controlled temperature, this wine characterized by a round, pleasant and lively flavor with slightly acidulous notes, is suitable for daily consumption.

“Aged only in stainless steel, this youthful Barbera d’Asti shows cheerful aromas of ripe fruit and sweet berries.  The wine does a very nice job of balancing its naturally fresh acidity with the bright, pristine nature of its fruit.”  Wine Enthusiast 86 points 

Alcohol content: 13.5°.

Color: ruby red.

Scent/flavor: intense vinous scent, tannic taste, full-bodied, dry, astringent and persistent.

Prevailing flavors: cherry, liquorice, plum, violet, blackberries.

Best serving temperature: about 18 °C.

Gastronomic pairings: roasts, red meat in general, wild game, seasoned cheeses.

Vineyard: Traditional Piedmontese growing of Guyot vines with a density ranging from 5000 to 5500 plants per hectare.

Vineyard average age: 20/40 years

Grape yield: 75 q./ha

Production: 60,000 bottles/year

Piedmont (Piemonte in Italian), in the north-western corner of the Italian Peninsula, is arguably Italy’s finest wine region. It sits at the foot of the Western Alps, which encircle the region to the north and west, forming Italy’s naturally formidable border with France. To its south-east lie the northernmost Apennine Mountains – L’Appennino Settentrionale. These low coastal hills divide Piedmont from its long, thin neighbor Liguria, which is all that separates Piedmont from the Mediterranean Sea.

The name Piemonte means ‘at the foot of the mountains’, and this emphasis on the surrounding topography is entirely justified; not only did the Alps and Apennines once protect the region from invasion, they are also largely responsible for its favorable climate. While Piedmontese winemaking has always benefited from the latter, it wasn’t until the region’s mountain defenses were successfully breached (first by the Romans, then repeatedly by the French) that advanced oenology finally arrived here. The introduction and regular updating of foreign winemaking technologies is one of the main reasons that Piedmont remains so viticulturally advanced compared to other Italian regions. The region’s proximity to France also plays a part.

Piedmont is often described as the ‘Burgundy‘ of Italy, a reputation due to its many small-scale, family wineries and a focus on quality which sometimes borders on obsession.

Vino Case Lot Sale

Melovin Vino

Vino Case Lot Sale this Sunday!  You get 15% off a case, and we get to clean out our shelves in preparation for the new vintages. Help us with our spring cleaning and we help you with your budget!

Come out and stock up on your favorite wines and get a 15% discount.  This is the time to invest in the more expensive wines you love at a lower price.

~ For Example, my lovers of Aldonia La Dama: 

Regular price 22, 00 a bottle x 12 = 264, 00

With the 15% discount = 224, 40

Vat Forms Regular price = 221, 88

With the 15% discount = 188, 60

How it works:

– If you buy 12 or more 750ml bottles of wine and they are not on sale, you get 15% off.

– Mix ‘n Match: There is no additional discount for any wine that is already on sale, but, you may use a “sale wine” to qualify for your case discount.

For example, if you buy 6 wines that are not on sale, and 6 wines that are on sale, you’ll receive 15% off the wines that were not on sale!

*For my customers who do not live near Ramstein, I’m offering the discount to you with a reservation on your wine, payment into my account and shipped to your doorstep with a small shipping fee.  You must notify me by email right away so I can hold back your wine.

Don’t miss out on this onetime special deal!  We will be open from 1100-1700 on Sunday and accept cash (Euros Only) or credit cards.  Please see address and telephone number below. 

 Kind Regards,


Melanie Bristol
Melovin Vino / Ramstein-Miesenbach
Schulpfad 10
D-66877 Miesenbach
Mobil: +49-171-1974261

Heidelberg Valentine’s Weekend Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner 11 Feb 2012

Wine aficionados and lovers, Join Melovin Vino and guest speakers for a splendid evening of fine cuisine and wine from Spain. 

I am pleased to host a Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner on February 11th, 2012 at 1830, conducted at the “Romantic Hotel” Zum Ritter in lovely downtown Heidelberg…a perfect Valentines weekend getaway and it isn’t just for couples!  Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other, someone who makes a difference in your life, your friends or with new and interesting people.  You may even find a new love! 

Location and Accommodation

Travel back in time to Mark Twain’s favorite city in Germany, Heidelberg. An old university town, possessing one the  most charming historical districts in Europe, where the iconic old town bridge is overlooked by the famous Heidelberg Castle surrounded by middle-age era architecture.

The hotel “Zum Ritter”, is located on Heidelberg’s Hauptstrasse (main street), conveniently located in the heart of the beautiful old town district. The castle, old bridge, university, city hall and the Holy Spirit Church are the famous neighbors, surrounding the hotel, providing simply wonderful scenery.



*Six course meal accompanied with eight different wines!

Guest Speakers

Victor de la Serna

For those that don’t know, Victor de la Serna is regarded by many as one of the top three most influential wine experts on Spanish wine. His fame stems from a prestigious career in Journalism that eventually turned to wine. Throughout his career he has helped to found elMundovino; while also embarking on every wine lover’s dream and started his own vineyard: Finca Sandoval. 

Florian Miquel Hermann

Florian has been a wine buff since 1985; he met Mariano Garcia who is one of the most esteemed winemaker’s in Spain.   Mariano has become one of Florian’s major teachers in wine.  Florian has worked as a teacher for the “Deutsche Wein-und Sommelierschule” in Munich.  Additionally, he has written articles for the Spanish wine e-zine and has led wine courses in Germany & Spain. 

Mario Santos

A fourth generation family member dedicated to viticulture was passionate about wine even as a young child, helping his father in the vineyards. He is a defender of traditional Spanish wines, yet open to modern production and techniques.  His passion and love in the vineyards show in every bottle of Aldonia wine. 

 Juan David Fernández

Juan is a young entrepreneur who is working for various German and Spanish businesses. Among his responsibilities he counts Bodegas Nilo´s export management as one of his favourites. Juan was born in Castile, one of the most important wine-producing regions in Spain. However, it was precisely in Heidelberg, as he was working in a wine importing business, where his passion for this fascinating discipline started.

Music and Dancing

After the dinner and wine we will have music and dancing, an evening packed with fun, romance for the couples and a great way for the singles to meet new people. 

Enjoy a selection of the finest wines from Spain, paired with fine cuisine.  65 euro/person, Limited seating ~ Payment Due NLT Monday, 6 February RSVP:


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