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Michelin Restaurant Guide 2008

Nine “Three-Stars” for Germany Cuisine
New Michelin Restaurant Guide Released 

December 12, 2007MAINZ, Germany –   The ever-growing quality of German cuisine is again confirmed in the recently released 2008 edition of the renowned “Guide Michelin” one of the most famous international symbols and standards of restaurant food quality and service.

For 2008, a total of nine restaurants throughout Germany now merit the coveted top “three-star” rating – three more restaurants than last year.

In addition, there are 15 “two-star” Michelin restaurants and 184 “one-star” Michelin restaurants in Germany to help ensure any resident or visitor to Germany is never very far from an outstanding dining experience.

In Europe, restaurants in Germany are now only second to France that has 26 “three-star” Michelin establishments and well ahead of Spain/Portugal and Italy with 6 and 5 “three-star” establishments respectively.

For Monika Reule, managing director of the German Wine Institute in Mainz, all of the Michelin star restaurants in Germany bring an added bonus of a great selection of German estate wines which she also sees as a parallel between the culinary barometer and the quality of German wines in the market.

“I believe there is a strong correlation between first-class cuisine in Germany and the renaissance of German wines,” noted Ms. Reule. “Restaurateurs’ increasing needs for higher-quality wines has been answered by German winemakers who are producing top-notch German wines to function as perfect menu partners.”

“Today, recommending a German wine to accompany a meal in a German gourmet restaurant is becoming the norm. The individual character of today’s German wines enables them to pair well with contemporary cuisine and a wide variety of dishes. And the growing number of dry and off-dry wines produced today in Germany gives sommeliers a much greater selection of food-friendly German wines to offer.”