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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Event: Generation Riesling - German Riesling wines at the Arcadian Loft

The Date and Time: Tuesday, May 20, 2014  11:30AM  to 3:30PM
The Event: Generation Riesling
The Venue: Arcadian Loft
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines are available through consignment or private orders.
The Quote/Background: there was a seminar on German wine and food pairing at 11:30, followed by a walk-about tasting of wines poured by agents.
The Wines: I did not taste all the wines, preferring just Riesling
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Weingut Runkel Bechtheimer Spatburgunder Pinot Noir 2011 Rheinhessen
-Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt RK Piesporter Riesling Spatlese 2008 Mosel
-Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 1999 Mosel
-Schloss Schonborn Erbach Marcobrunn Riesling Kabinett 2008 Rheingau
-Weingut St.Urbanshof Riesling 2013 Mosel [old vines]
-Weingut St.Urbanshof Wiltinger Alte Reben Riesling 2012 Mosel
-Weingut St.Urbanshof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling 2012 Mosel
-Weingut St.Urbanshof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling 2006 Mosel
-Weingut Walter Briedeler Schaeferlay Riesling Spatlese 2012 Mosel
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Fritz Muller Perlwein NV Rheinhessen [crackling wine]
-G.H. Von Mumm Riesling 50 degrees 2013 Rheingau
-Prinz von Hessen Riesling Dachsfilet 2012 Rheingau
-Prinz von Hessen H-Riesling 2012 Rheingau
-Prinz von Hessen Riesling Kabinett Royal 2012 Rheingau
-Ruppertsberger Winezerverein Riesling Nussbien Dry 2013 Pfalz
-Weingut Bollin-Lehnert Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spatlese 2012 Mosel
-Weingut Bollin-Lehnert Dhron Hofberger Riesling Spatlese 2011 Mosel
-Weingut Burg Ravensburg Riesling 2013 Baden
-Weingut Burg Ravensburg Lochle Spatburgunder GG 2011 Baden
-Weingut Willems Hofmann Riesling vom Muschelkalk 2013 Rheinhessen
-Weingut Willems Riesling Schiefer 2013 Saar
-Weingut Willems Riesling Auf der Lauer 2013 Saar
-Weingut Klumpp Weissburgunder QbA trocken 2013 Baden
-Schloss Schonborn Riesling QbA 2013 Rheingau
-Weingut St.Urbanshof Saarfeilser Riesling 2012 Mosel
-Weingut St.Urbanshof Leiwener Laurentiuslay Riesling GG 2012 Mosel
-Weingut Walter Riesling Kabinett 2012 Mosel
-Stefan Winter Dittlesheimer Riesling Kalkstein 2012 Rheinhessen
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Weingut Bergdolt Reif & Nett Riesling Black Edition 2013 Pfalz
-Weingut Bergdolt Reif & Nett Riesling Trocken Tradition 2013 Pfalz
-Weingut Dreissigacker Riesling Organic 2013 Rheinhessen
-Meyer-Nakel Pinot Gris Hand in Hand 2013 Baden
-Weingut Burg Ravensburg Pinot Noir 2010 Baden
-Weingut Burg Ravensburg Husarenkape Riesling GG 2012 Baden
-Weingut Klumpp Pinot Noir 2011 Baden
-Schloss Johannisberg Gelblack 2012 Rheingau
-Schloss Johannisberg Rotlack Kabinett 2012 Rheingau
-Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt RK Riesling 2013 Mosel
-Stefan Winter Riesling 2012 Rheinhessen
-Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Wiltinger Riesling 2013 Saar
-Koenigschaffhauser Steingrueble Barrique Aged Pinot Noir Regnum 2009 Baden
The Food: at the seminar, we had wine pairs (Riesling and Pinot noirs, one Pinot gris) with food. We opened with scallop crudo, followed by poached egg and smoked bacon. The next course was grilled salmon, and then braised short ribs (here we had one of Riesling and one of Pinot noir). The cheese course featured Ontario's Nosey Goat Camelot and Comfort Cream, both with Pinot noirs. The pairings were largely successful in that each wine was of a heavier weight that the one before it, and this stood well with the food. Overall, the Rheingau and Rheinhessen wines were the best matches to the food.
The Downside: I was wait-listed for the seminar because my email program lost the invite before I could read it. But at the event itself, there were a few vacant seats from attendees that never bothered to cancel. This can be infuriating, and seems to be getting worse this year. I go to many trade seminars and see at least a half dozen seats empty despite wait-listing.
The Upside: I got to participate in the food matching.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.


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