Some time after my first trip to Schweizer’s Restaurant I had another date there. I remember even trying a few different dishes, but still went for volume and loaded up the table. At this point in my life, I had hollow legs and I had an appetite that could not be sated and it did not show on me. Thankfully I do not have that appetite anymore as my metabolism has slowed and I would probably be obese.
The lesson that I did learn was that you have to read the wine list carefully. I saw the name Schloss Reinhartshausener and assumed that I was going to order the same wine again. The name was the same and it was from the Rheingau district, but when the bottle arrived at the table it was a white wine. I did not want to get flustered and show my youth, especially since I was under the legal drinking age at the time. What I had ordered was a 1971er Hattenheimer Wisselbrunn Riesling Auslese. The wine took me back, but since I had ordered it and wanted to keep face, I did not say anything. The wine was totally enjoyable though it was sweeter than I would have preferred at the moment. All in all it was a very good wine, but it did teach me to pay more attention to what I am ordering on the wine list, as I even missed that the Schloss Reinhartshausener was listed in the white wine section. A couple of days later, when I went to research my new “selection,” I discovered that by accident I had chosen a fine wine. In that Wisselbrunn is an important vineyard for Hattenheim, and that the wine was an Auslese was more of a plus, but that explained why I found the wine to be sweeter than I had hoped for. All lessons in life should be this fun to learn.