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Mid-August 2013, blue skies over the Aischgrund in Franconia. Kai Wagner and Josef Engelhart meet at the "Golden Cross", the inn in the small town of Ickelheim with its two striking gatehouses. The meeting place is well chosen, and not only because of the home-made platter that the two of them are eating, because it is accompanied by the "Hausschoppen", a hearty white wine from a stone jug. It is homemade and comes from the oldest pile vineyard in Germany, the Ickelheimer Schlossberg. Sadly, its days are numbered, because the Heinlein family can no longer do the laborious manual work due to health reasons, and a successor has not been found. The vineyard has not been tended for months, and so now the last stone jugs are served and emptied. Then it's over.

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