German Beer? Sure, But Don’t Forget About German Wine

German Beer? Sure, But Don’t Forget About German Wine

Posted on Aug 13, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

When you think of German food like the excellent selection at Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant in Pompano, you also think of German beer.

But another alcoholic beverage from Germany is on the upswing: wine.

Until now, when you thought of German wine, you probably thought of Riesling, the sweet German wine often served with a dessert course.  But other German wines are also becoming more popular, according to the Wall Street Journal, as German vintners recognize the popularity of other wine varieties around the world and create their own versions.

Sauvignon Blancs have won world-wide recognition and acceptance, German vintner Andreas Hütwohl, deputy general manager and a winemaker at Weingut von Winning, told the Journal, leading his winery to choose Sauvignon Blanc as its lead grape for the export market, and Riesling is a “tough sell” abroad,

Although Hütwohl said 80 percent of his winery’s production still consists of Riesling — Only 5 percent of his vineyards are planted with Sauvignon Blanc grapes — most of the Riesling stays in Germany while the Sauvignon Blanc is targeted for exporting.

Sauvignon Blanc is just one of the many grapes that grow well in the area west of Heidelberg and bordering Alsace, France, per WSJ. Others include Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder), Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder), Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder), Gewürztraminer, St. Laurent and Dornfelder.

And Germany is now the third-largest Pinot Noir-producing country in the worldwith more than 11 percent of Germany’s vineyards are planted to the grape.

Germany is also the world’s leading producer of Pinot Blanc, although some producers use its German name, Weißburgunder. German producers frequently offer several different styles of Weißburgunder, from light and fruity to half-dry (halbtrocken), dry (trocken) and sparkling.

“I don’t know when the larger world will embrace German wines beyond Riesling—or even give Riesling the attention it deserves,” said the article’s author, Lettie Teague. “ At the very least, I look forward to the day when Germany is thought of much like Italy and France: a great wine country with more than one grape.”

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Townhomes To Be Built Near New Sports Complex In Pompano

Townhomes To Be Built Near New Sports Complex In Pompano

Posted on Aug 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

Pompano is growing, but as always, there’s no better place for residents new and “vintage” to get a great meal than Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant.

Azur Equities has announced that in addition to the $25 million sports park complex it is building in Pompano Beach, it will also add the construction of a townhouse community with 15 units to its plans.

The company proposes to build the townhome community, to be called Patagonia, on publicly owned land along Northwest Seventh Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, per The Real Deal.

The eight separate parcels of land are currently owned by the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, and the developer is requesting that the CRA donate the property.

Azur Equity’s venture partner on the project is Hadar Homes.

The townhome community will include 1,800 square feet of commercial space, according to the plans, and the townhome floor plans include the townhomes being three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes with about 1,450 square feet each.

The townhomes will have two stories and will also feature one-car garages.

The area is part of a master plan to renovate downtown.

Earlier this year, Azur Equity received approval from the Pompano Beach City Commission to build SportsPark, an athletic complex including a stadium, clubhouse, multiple soccer fields and 70 residential units for players.

Azur principal Franck Gotsman is co-owner of the semi-professional soccer team Floridians Football Club.

If you are looking for a great place to watch soccer, like you could during the recent World Cup brunches, or just a place to have a beer or great German food, check out Checkers Old Munchen in Pompano Beach. It’s a wonderful place to treat yourself to a drink, a full meal or a classic German dessert.

If you’re considering moving to Pompano Beach, a visit to Checkers Old Munchen may just convice you!

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Unexploded WWII Ammunition Causes Problems In German Wildfire

Unexploded WWII Ammunition Causes Problems In German Wildfire

Posted on Jul 30, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

People in Pompano Beach are used to hot weather, and the Florida ecosystem is adapted to thriving in the heat. But Europe is experiencing a heat wave that is causing serious problems for both citizens and businesses.

Extreme temperatures in Germany this summer have caused wildfires, lower water levels leading to shipping problems and bacteria growth, and problems with withering crops, DW reported.

The drought means the Rhine River and its tributaries are at dangerously low levels, disrupting transportation of and leading to shipping restrictions.

Fish populations are threatened by high water temperatures, and warm water leads to the growth of blue-green algae that irritates the skin and of the mucus membranes and a  parasite that causes skin rashes.

A wildfire engulfed more than 200 acres and residents of Fichtenwalde faced possible evacuation.

CBS News reported that the fire is under control, but could get more complicated and dangerous, because unexploded World War II ammunition is still buried in the ground there.

Greece is also facing massive wildfires, which officials say may have been started by arsonists and which have killed 82 people. People fled into the sea to try to escape the blaze.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered Germany’s help to fight the forest fires in Greece.

In a message of condolence sent to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Merkel said, “In these difficult hours Germany stands firmly by the side of our Greek friends.”

She added: “You can be sure of our willingness to provide support in coping with the fire disaster.”

Wildfires also are burning in Sweden.

The heat wave will continue to build from Spain to Scandinavia this week, according to AccuWeather, and some people will be at a high risk for heat-related illnesses, especially the elderly and young children.

Some locations that may have their highest temperatures of the year this week include Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Frankfurt, Germany; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Stockholm, Sweden.

The hottest conditions are expected on Thursday and Friday.

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