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The country’s signature grape varietal, often accused of being too sweet, has yet to sync with the American palate, despite relentless nationwide campaigns and marketing pushes. But there is a way to dive into German wines—great German wines—without having to buy a copy of Rosetta Stone, memorize a map, or fork over a ton of cash: go sparkling.
Drinking beer, singing songs, spilling said beer while shouting “Gooooal!,” and singing more songs, it all comes to an end with Sunday’s World Cup 2014 final between Germany and Argentina. Will Germany score seven goals again, as they did against tear-stained Brazil? Will Messi turn all the pressure into diamonds with seven goals of his own? In what has been a zany World Cup, not even Nate Silver has the answers.
The Arrogance and the Ecstasy: Günter Seeger has been called a tyrant, an elitist, a snob. Guess what? He doesn’t care.
Günter Seeger reaches for a bottle of Vittel mineral water, empties it into a shiny pan and sets it on the stove. He calmly fills the glass insert of a transparent teapot with mysterious dried yellow flower heads