2007 St. Nikolaus Hospital Cardinal Cusanus Stiftswein Bernkastler Badstube Riesling Hochgewächs (Previously $17)

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Weingut Stiftung St. Nikolaus Hospital" is the oldest winery of the Middle Mosel. For more than 500 years the winery has been the financial base of the charitable trust of the Stiftung St. Nikolaus Hospital nursing home. It was founded in 1458 by Cardinal Nikolaus Cusanus von Kues, one of the greatest polymaths of his time – he was a philosopher, natural scientist, Bishop of Brixen, cardinal and deputy of the pope. To this day, the 33 rooms of the original nursing home are dedicated to the poor. Achim Kerpen, grandmaster of Riesling and one of the Mosel's most recognized Riesling makers, is in charge of 19 acres of prime vineyard sites including Bernkasteler Badstube, Brauneberger Juffer and Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr, Bernkasteler Lay, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, and Graacher Domprobst. Numerous national and international awards reflect the high quality of the wines from the St. Nikolaus Hospital winery. Its is also an important member of the Bernkasteler Ring Riesling Wine Auction Society. Proceeds from the Nikolaus Cusanus Estate benefit about 300 local disabled residents. We hope you enjoy these world class wines and feel good knowing you are supporting a worthy cause!

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