The Date and Time: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11AM - 4PM
The Event: Riesling & Co.; wines of Germany.
The Venue: Arcadian Loft
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: the catalogue was fairly detailed, although it did lack prices.
The Quote/Background: The seminar was conducted by John Szabo and the current German Wine Queen, Josefine Schlumberger. It focused on food and wine matching as in previous years, but this time the foods were all Asiatic: Thai, Japanese, Chinese, India.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine as I had a time conflict. The seminar wines were folded into the list below.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling Brut Deutsche Sekt NV MC, $26.95 PMA
-Schloss Schonborn Risling Auslese 2005 Hattenheim Pfaffenberg HHD Imports
-Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling Spatlese Monopol 2003 Josephshoefer HHD Imports
-Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling Auslese Mosel 1999 Josephshoefer HHD Imports
-Winzergenossenschaft Konigsschaffhausen-Kiechlinsbergen Spatburgunder Blanc de Noirs 2014, $16.95 PO HHD Imports
-Winzervereinigung Freyburg-Unstrut Riesling Sekt 2012 Extra Brut Angyal
-Pinot Sekt Brut Alde Gott eG Baden 2013
-Domdechant Werner'sches Weingut Kirchenstueck Riesling GG Dry Rheingau 2008 HHDImports
-Leitz Ruedesheimer Berg Roseneck Riesling Spatlese Rheingau 2004 Hobbs & Co
-Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Josephe
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Schmitt Sohne Beerenauslese 2015 Rheinhessen HHD Imports
-Hiestand Gewurztraminer 2014 Rheinhessen Guntersblum Univins and Spirits
-Solter Brut Pinot Cuvee Sekt Sekthaus Solter Rheingau
-Rappenhof Pettenthal Riesling GG Dry 2014 Rheinhessen Churchill
-Divino Alte Reben Silvaner Dry Franken 2014
-Helmut Doennhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett Nahe 2014 Soleil
The Food: at the seminar we had twelve wines, but I just concentrated on the inner eight dry table wines. They were paired with Thai (humbold squid, nam prik, mango: a young silvaner and riesling), Japanese (red miso tofus, hens egg, shiitake: a young silvaner and an older riesling), Chinese (sweet & sour pork, bok choy, long bean: riesling kabinett and 2004 spatlese – best set of pairing in the lunch), and Indian (lamb sirloin, kaffir lime and cilantro, spiced tomato: young pinot noir wasted, inspired 1999 riesling auslese). It was a very instructive seminar.
The Downside: I had to leave early for another commitment on my time.
The Upside: a chance for the food match.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91.