Berlin in March

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The German flag in front of the parliamentary building

It was our family day, but I was far away from the family in Bangkok. My program in Berlin with my Thai visitors ended late. It was a cold night. I walked around the block in circles and found this Italian place, called “Vapiano”. It was a quite fashionable place as the pictures below show. They used a kind of debit card system as we have it in Bangkok. Red was the dominant colour.

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An olive tree in the middle of the place

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Red chandeliers

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And a red light on the table

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Rioja wine

I asked the bar tender what wine she would recommend. She poured me a glass of ‘2003 Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja’. I do no know much about Spanish wine, so I was grateful for the recommendation.

I loved the wine. It was luscious and heavy, full of red fruit flavours, with beautiful length on the palate. What a beautiful Tempranillo.

I also enjoyed the atmosphere of the place, the friendliness of the staff and promised to come back for some more Rioja wine. If you are in Berlin, check out the place, that’s my recommendation.

Restaurant:
VAPIANO
Mittelstr. 51-52
10117 BerlinTel.: +49-30-50154100

Baron de Ley
Rioja
2003 Reserva
13.5 %
www.barondeley.com

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5 Responses to Berlin in March

  1. Margit Adam says:

    Hallo darling, we will have a wonderful post family day when you get back. The wine sounds so yummy! We miss you.
    MLC

  2. azoptimist says:

    Great pics, especially the red chandelier!

  3. wolfgang schmidt says:

    LIEBER RAINER
    MEINE EMPFEHLUNG FÜR DIESES WOCHENENDE: DAS BERÜHMTE SANSIBAR AUF SYLT
    DU TRIFFST UNS DORT AM FREITAG
    HERZLICHST WOLFGANG

  4. thomas weber says:

    Moin Rainer,

    warst Du am 20.März in Berlin? Da war ich auch. Lecker asiatische gespeist im “Maoa” am Leipziger Platz, auch eine Empfehlung. Beim Essen eine Flasche Riesling Spätlese 2007 feinherb “Wiltinger Scharzhofberg” von Kesselstatt: ein Gedicht von einem Wein: rassig, fruchtig mit langem stahlig und gleichzeitig schmelzigem (klingt paradox, stimmt aber; sowas gibt es nur bei Riesling …) Abgang.
    Beim nächsten Mal schick mir bitte vorher eine e-mail oder sms. Kann ja sein, dass ich dann zufällig auch mal wieder in Berlin (oder Trier) bin.

    Viele liebe Grüße

    Thomas

  5. Thomas, we will co-ordinate better in the future. I promise.

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