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Saturday, May 24, 2008

German Wine Trade Show, Toronto, May 6, 2008

 The Time and Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 2PM to 5PM

The Event: Germany Wines with Jazz trade show

The Venue: Roy Thomson Hall

The Target Audience: wine press, sommeliers, LCBO product consultants.

The Availability/Catalogue: most wines were available in the system, but many were private orders only. The catalogue had all of the salient data, but no prices.

The Quote: "Red production of wines in German now is at 36.8% of the total" (63.2% is obviously white wine)

The Wines: There were not many reds, and only one chardonnay. Gewurztraminer appears to be increasing in variety.


**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Britzingen Gewurztraminer Spatlese 2003 Badenweiler Romerberg

-Deinhard Beerenauslese Rheinhessen 2005

-Dr.Fischer Riesling Spatlese 2006 Ockfener Bockstein ($20)

-Fitz-Ritter Riesling Sekt b.A. Extra Dry ($16)

-Markus Molitor Riesling Auslese 2002 Zeltlinger Sonnenuhr

-Markus Molitor Riesling Spatlese 2005 Feinherb Bernkasteler Badstube

-Markus Molitor Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2005 Wehlener Klosterberg ($385)

-Graf von Schonborn Riesling Spatlese 1991 Hochheim Domdechaney


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Balthasar Ress Riesling Auslese Hattenheimer Nussbrunnen 2004

-Darting Gewurztraminer Kabinett Durkheimer Nonnengarten 2005

-Gunderloch Gewurztraminer 2006 ($19.95)

-Graf von Schonborn Estate Riesling 1994

-Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken Riesling Spatlese Saarburger Rausch 1993 ($34.95)

-Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Spatlese 2006 Grunlack


*** Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Fitz-Ritter Gewurztraminer Spatlese 2007

-Studert-Prum Maximinhof Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2006 ($23.95)

-Blue Nun Winemakers Passion 2006 Riesling ($13)

-Rappenhof Riesling Auslese 2007 Niersteiner Pettenthal

-Ruppertsberger Linsenbusch Riesling Eiswein 2004 ($49.95)


The Food: a continuation of lunch, with more vegetables and cheeses.

The Downside: light attendance, but then that meant more room to navigate.

The Upside: a chance to catch up with non-Riesling.

The Contact Person:

The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 89.




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