A couple of Sundays ago, there was a spontaneous Dietz Family Outing to Eltville, a lovely little town on the river renowned for its wine, Sekt (German champagne) and roses. On that afternoon, I learned two things: roses don't just come in in red, pink and yellow; and one should never throw a recipe away in despair.
Eltville is allegedly home to around 350 different varieties of rose. I don't know how many I had a look at on that Sunday afternoon, but it felt like probably most of them. We spent a good while wandering around in the sunshine in the rose garden of Eltville's 15th century Kurfürstlichen Burg (Elector's Castle), which was a gentle and thoroughly pleasing way to spend a Sunday: the rose garden smelt heavenly, and only one or two jokes were made about one particular English rose who was growing steadily pinker and pinker in the surprisingly strong rays of the late May sun.
Our small band of Dietzens then spent an hour or two enjoying some really very good food and some really, really very good wine in the serene, rose-filled garden at Weingut Koegler. I discovered that they were also the first winery in Germany to produce Verjus, the mild, fragrant and unalcoholic juice of unripened grapes that I've been trying to get my hands on for years. I stashed a whole pile of recipes away for the moment when I finally found a bottle, but now I've finally managed to do so, I can't seem to find them anywhere. Please does anybody have any recommendations?