The Hosskost, Weinbergsweg 23, is a young vinothek in the still hottest district of Berlin, the Prenzlauer Berg. At this place, where the hipster-couples and parents move their baby buggies (this place is the one with the highest fertility rate in germany) through the refurbished streets and the gentrification has come to an end, the hosskost opened its doors two months ago. Where else in Berlin to open a wine bar?
The parenthood of the yummies (a term invented by the advertising industry, in case you didn´t know: young, urban, mobile) tends to result in a change of gastronomy, since the people prefer a good talk with friends (add the 2009 Bourdeaux) in a cozy place to raving thought the night in Berghain/Watergate etc. Rather than asking yourself if you will make into the club or not (depending on the mood of the bouncer or if he likes your purple borsalino) you like to pick one out of your favourite wines: 2011 Blaufränkisch (an austrian grape variety) by Paul Achs, a Sauvignon Blanc by Knipser or a Faugères by the Domaine Saint Antonin?
At our first visit we even had the Riesling by Wittmann, Rheinhessen, one of the finest organic right now, served only by a few places. The superb selection, often changing, shows that there are people who love what they do and really care about quality & the right food pairing. The owner, Andreas Reinhardt & his team, serves a small bite with every glass of wine: Onions, roasted in Balsamico, or beurre de safran on a Toast.
The highlights of our visit were the ravioli, filled with goat-cheese with thyme-butter and the spanish ham, the Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, in our strictly subjective view, the finest ham in the world. Especially the team is lovely: In a crowded palce, inside and outside, enjoying one mild day of late summer in Berlin, the kitchen-crew is working full-speed, the young ladys have a smile for everyone. As from now, with every trip to Berlin, we will have a visit at the hosskost to take a look at the menu & the wines. And the ones who underestimate Berlin, for being only good in Electro and cheap alcohol, have to rethink...
More wine bars in Berlin to come, now that our wine startup has setup an office in Berlin