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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Riesling and Pinot Noir at German Wine Trade Show, May 27/13

 The Date and Time: Tuesday, May 28, 2013   12:30 PM to 5 PM

The Event: "The Unexpected Germany": riesling and pinot noir.

The Venue: Arcadian Loft

The Target Audience: wine trade

The Availability/Catalogue: many wines are in the system but others are only on private order. The catalogue had no notes on availability or prices.

The Quote/Background: The seminar was jam-packed, so there was lots of interest. We tasted nine wines (folded over into the notes below) with commentary from noted wine people such as Fritz Hasselbach (Gunderloch) and Julia Bertram, current German Wine Queen. Germany has 57.9% of the global surface area of riesling vines (France has 9%). Canada is the sixth largest market for German wines.

The Wines: I did not try every wine.


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

-Bollig-Lehnert Riesling Spatlese 2005 Trittenheimer Apotheke

-Gunderloch Riesling 2011 Beerenauslese Nackenheim Rothenberg

-Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Riesling Auslese 2010 Bernkasteler Badstube Mosel

-Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling Kabinett 2006 Kaseler Nieschen, $18  HHD Imports

-Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling Spatlese 2003 Piesporter Goldtrophchen, $23 HHD Imports

-Schloss Schonborn Riesling Kabinett 2011 Erbach Marcobrunn

-Schloss Schonborn Riesling Spatlese 2011 Hattenheim Pfaffenberg


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

-Loosen Brothers Dr. L Sparkling Riesling NV $13.95, +296095

-Stefan Winter Riesling Kalkstein Rheinhessen 2011

-St. Urbanshof Riesling Grosses Gewaeches Laurentiuslay 2011 Mosel

-Gunderloch Riesling Rothenberg Grosses Gewaeches 2011 Rheinhessen

-Meyer-Nakel Spatburgunder 2010 Ahr

-Fritz Wassmer Spatburgunder "M" 2009 Baden

-Gewurztraminer & Muskateller Dornroschen Weisswein, $20

-Gunderloch Riesling 2011 Spatlese Nackenheim Rothenberg

-Gunderloch Riesling 2011 Auslese Nackenheim Rothenberg

-Ihringen Gewurztraminer Spatlese 2011 Fohrenberg, $18

-Leitz Riesling Spatlese 2012 Rudesheimer Magdalenekreuz

-August Kesseler Riesling Spatlese 2005 Rudesheimer Bischofsberg Rheingau

-Rappenhof Gewurztraminer 2011 Rheinhessen

-Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Riesling Spatlese 2010 Bernkasteler Badstube Mosel

-Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling 2012

-Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling Kabinett 2009 Hattenheim Wisselbrunnen

-Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling Auslese 2009 Erbach Marcobrunn

-Schloss Schonborn Riesling Kabinett 2011 Hattenheim Pfaffenberg

-Schloss Schonborn Riesling "Erstes Gewachs" 2011 Erbach Marcobrunn

-St. Urbans-Hof Riesling 2011 Old Vines

-St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Auslese 2011 Ockfener Bockstein

-Studert-Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2011 +160853

-Markus Molitor Wehlener Sooenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2011 +115634

-Vollenweider Krover Steffensberg Riesling Spatlese 2007 +324327

-Wegeler Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Spatlese 2007 +727412


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

-Pfeffingen Kabinett Riesling Pfalz 2011

-Salwey Spatburgunder 2010 Baden

-Heitlinger Pinot Noir 2010 Koenigsbecher Baden

-Heitlinger Pinot Gris 2011

-Von Hovel Riesling Auslese 2007 Oberenmeier Hutte Mosel

-Moselland Riesling Auslese 2012 Goldschild Kestener

-G.A. Schmidt Riesling Spatlese 2012 Niersteiner

-Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling Erstes Gewachs Erbacher 2010

-Runkel Chardonnay 2011, $22.95 J Cipelli


The Food: there were pass-by platters of pork schnitzel sliders, stationary cheese platters, a sushi area from Edo, platters of sardines/anchovies, cured salmon, smoked whitefish, grilled Italian veggies, pouches, etc. – all meant to go with the wine.

The Downside: not really a downside, but I'm not sure why we had riesling in the seminar. Pinot noir would have been enough, since most of the trade show itself was riesling.

The Upside: great food matches.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade):89

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