SYLTBAR the Pearl | South Florida Opulence Magazine (Jul 2012)

Rich with historical intrigue as a secret, in-the-know travel destination, Sylt Island is the larger in a cluster of North Frisian Islands off the coast of Germany. The mysteriously sultry isle is well-known for the distinctive shape of tis shoreline, which some say resembles a dancing ballerina. Sprawling with 40 miles of natural white sandy beaches, Sylt Island boasts an intrinsic charm - with thatched-roof houses, landscape lush in fauna, small animals, birds, harbor porpoises and seals. Truly, it's a pearl in the North Sea. For decades, the exclusive travel destination was known mainly by the privileged families of Germany, and those with an exquisite taste for quality. 

A Delightful Island for Childhood Memories 

"I was born in Hamburg in 1960 and my parents loved for us to spend weekends and summers on the Island Sylt," recalls Claus Blohm, now a resident of Fisher Island. "I fondly remember the first time in my life that I saw us driving on a cart train to get to the island - that was very exciting to see the North Sea while staying int he car and being on a train." Cars still today cannot drive directly on the island; they have to be on a car train to get there. 

Blohm continued to reminisce, "I remember the beautiful white sand of the beaches where I could spend hours building sand castles. I liked to swim in the North Sea very much because I loved the high waves. What I also remember is that I loved to listen to the sound of the sea and of the crashing waves, plus the noises of the seagulls. And, of course, the air is so fresh and healthy there. One of my favorite dishes there, which I still love today, is scrambled eggs with "Buesumer Krabben" on German Schwarzbrot (dar German black bread). The Krabben are from Buesum, which is a little town at the North Sea and they are little crabs having a one and only taste, which for me, is the best in the world. 

"I always liked and still like the straight way of the people living in Northern Germany and Sylt. They seem to be unfriendly at first, but when you make friends after some time, you will stay friends forever." 

A splendid Heritage

Sylt Island in its current form has existed for little more than 400 years, and has a population of roughly 21,000 Germans, Frisians, and Danes. Sol'ring, the indigenous dialect of Sylt, had elements of Danish, Dutch and English Dialects. Sadly, only a small fraction of the population still speaks the native tongue. 

Today, Sylt Island is mainly a tourist attraction famous for the many German celebrities who own houses on the island. It offers a calming climate, four golf courses and five-star resorts that cater to travelers who desire accommodations rivaling the The Ritz-Carlton and Waldorf Astoria. The island is connected to the mainland of Germany by the Hindenburgdamm Causeway (named after Paul Von Hindenburg), with a railway line on top. 

When dining, locals choose SYLTBAR

Haute cuisine is the norm on Sylt Island, with top-quality restaurants like "Syltbar", which has become a tradition among patrons with discriminating tastes. For decades, high-quality food has been served at Syltbar, so much so that Germans consider the name itself synonymous with a brand of quality. 

Syltbar enthusiasts, Claus and his wife Regina, grew so passionate about the fine accompaniments there - the imported light and bubbly Italian prosecco, the coarse salt harvested from Portugal, the best peppercorns from India, ceramic-bottled Italian olive oil, and Modena balsamic vinegar - that they decided to bring the line of Syltbar products to the United States. Available at fine restaurants and boutique gourmet markets throughout South Florida, the line is also available to consumers online at Syltbar.com 

The Sylt island logo on Syltbar products is a seal standing for natural pureness and honestly. When it comes to choosing the producers of "Syltbar" products, Regina proudly says with her quaint German accent, "Syltbar products are the fundamentals of all kinds of seafood, steaks, salads and even fruits." For their azure-blue handblown bottle of the finest Prosecco, Claus and Regina chose the five-generation-old San Simone winery in Friuli, Northern Italy. The winery is know for its very clear and high quality wines. "We choose only family-owned companies who have built up their businesses over generations, which guarantee them to stay independent and to supply the quality we demand in our Syltbar family of products." 

What's the difference between SYLTBAR prosecco and Champagne? 

Many good things make Syltbar Prosecco the preferred choice over most well-known mass champagne brands that retail for $40-$50 and other Prosecco brands int he United States. Less sugar, fewer calories and better value. 

Because of the special fermentation process used specifically for SYLTBAR Prosecco in Italy, there is less sugar, far fewer calories, no norming headaches and a much nicer price!

Check out the full Digital Magazine Page 34-35.