Vol 1 | Oct 2020


Dear Readers,


What brought us together is the same thing we hope will bring you together both in our pages and on your screens: a near obsession with a somewhat hidden universe of wines, people, places. Those of Austria, Germany, South Tyrol, and German Switzerland. Whew, that’s a mouthful. German-speaking lands. Umlaut wines. All at a crossroads. Linguistically, geographically, culturally, stylistically, generationally.


Leaving trope, received wisdom, and sheer ignorance behind, TRINK explores what happens when we change the lens and retrain our eyes.


The theme of our debut issue is identity. We’d like to say that was entirely by design. But when you start a magazine from scratch and build it on some pretty scrappy ideas, the good will of colleagues, friends, and total strangers, and a budget of nothing, a strong element of luck comes into play.


We couldn’t be happier with how it all came together. 


Emily Campeau delivers an impassioned defense of a grape too long left to its own defenses. Christoph Raffelt presents an in-depth report on what makes this Silvaner’s moment to shine. Sebastian Bordthäuser brings a disco take to Gewürztraminer. Daniela Dejnega offers an introduction to the world of Austrian natural wines. Katharina Matheis explores how Landwein is reshaping the appeal of German wine. Paula spins out the way Blanc de Noir gets to the heart of German Pinot Noir. Valerie talks with Daniel and Marta Gantenbein to uncover the secrets of Switzerland’s cult wines. And because she can’t help herself, she looks at the new magnetism of “Alt Mosel,” too. Andreas Durst trains his camera on the common to reveal the extraordinary. 


If these names are new to you, good. That’s what we’d hoped. We can’t wait to introduce you.


Identity embraces difference. As we launch this magazine, we must call attention to the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the German-speaking wine world. From the outset, one of our express goals for TRINK has been the creation of a broader platform for a wider variety of voices and experiences. We are honored to introduce Sammie Steinmetz and commited to sharing more stories like hers.


Wine is a lens through which we see ourselves and others, and through which others see us. It’s time to take a fresh look.


Paula Redes Sidore, Bad Honnef

Valerie Kathawala, New York