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Western Germany (Mosel & Rheingau) wine & food touring info

lobsterkiller | Mar 3, 201409:22 AM

I will be renting a car in Luxembourg and have 3 full days before heading out of Frankfurt airport - this will be springtime. Our goal as a group is: visit one spot in the Moselle, visit one spot in the Rheingau, maybe a brewery, and eat fantastic food. I am having a heck of a time getting solid recommendations as to where to stop.

I'm told that Trier is a must - have a meal, look at ruins, etc. Does it warrant an overnight stay or just a stop and walk? I'm absolutely torn between the Moselle towns...I hear that I must stop in Cochem, then I hear that Bremm is the place to go to see the steepest slopes, then I hear that Bernkastel-Kues is the best wine town in Germany. Well, what's the deal? Assuming they all have great wine, which do I choose from a food perspective? Wanting to avoid Wiesbaden, I'm told that Assmannshausen is the place to stop in the Rheingau. Thoughts? Suggestions?

What about breweries in this region? Any interesting places to stop? I've done beer in Cologne and Munich, of course Belgium, but never thought to look in all these tiny towns.

Also please note: the group is made up of chefs and sommeliers. We're open to try anything. For instance, if there's a guy in some random little town somewhere known for his calf brain stew, we want to know. Farms, cheeses, shops, snacks, whatever! We've traveled too far and too long to settle for the underwhelming outdoor tourist cafes.

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