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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Event: Next Generation Germany wine trade tasting

The Date and Time:  Thursday, May 21, 2015  11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
The Event: Next Generation Germany wine trade tasting
The Venue: Arcadian Lofts
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: wine availability is mainly private order with some wines at the LCBO or consignment.
The Quote/Background: Many producers came over for this event. There was a seminar for 60 people at 11:30, led by David Lawrason and Janina Huhnand.
The Wines: I did not try every wine, preferring to stay with riesling. I had some pinot noirs in the seminar, and they have been folded into here. There were about 40 wineries and over 170 wines.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Weingut Dr. Hermann Mosel Riesling Kabinett 2010  Andrews Group
-Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg Riuesling Spatlese 2012 halbtrocken  Carto
-Markus Molitor 2007 Riesling Auslese Brauneberger Mandelgraben   Trialto
-St Urbans Hof 2013 Riesling Spatlese Piesporter Goldtropfchen
-Haart 2013 Riesling Kabinett Piesporter Goldtropfchen  HHD Imports
-Schloss Schonborn 2012 Riesling Hattenheim Alte Reben  HHD Imports
-Schloss Schonborn 2013 Riesling Estate HHD Imports
-Schloss Schonborn 2013 Riesling Kabinett Hattenheim Pfaffenberg  HHD Imports
-Schloss Schonborn 2013 Riesling Kabinett Erbach Marcobrunn  HHD Imports
-Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling Brut Sekt   PMA
-Schloss Reinhartshausen 2013 Riesling Kabinett Hattenheim Wisselbrunnen  PMA
-Schloss Reinhartshausen 2006 Riesling Auslese Erbach Marcobrunn   PMA
-Wegeler Riesling Sekt Brut     Signature
-Salwey 2004 Pinot Noir GG Oberrotweiler Henkenberg    Tandem
-Balthasar Ress 2012 Riesling Auslese Urziger Wurzgarten   Churchill
-Kruger-Rumpf 2007 Riesling GG Pittersberg   Churchill
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Winzergenossenschaft Mayschoss Altenahr Riesling 2014   Le Sommelier
-Weingut Bolling-Lehnert Mosel Piesporter Riesling Kabinett   BND Wines
-Weingut Bolling-Lehnert Mosel Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spatlese  BND Wines
-Gebruder Anselmann Riesling Auslese 2012 Edesheimer Rosengarten    Cojocaru
-Markus Molitor Deutscher Sekt Trocken Haus Klosterberg Mosel 2013  Trialto
-St Urbans Hof 2012 Riesling Auslese Ockfener Bockstein  The Vine
-Max Ferd Richter 2007 Riesling Spatlese Mulheim Sonnenlay    HHD Imports
-Max Ferd Richter 2013 Riesling Spatlese Brauneberg Juffer Sonnenuhr    HHD Imports
-Haart 2013 Riesling Spatlese Piesporter Goldtropfchen  HHD Imports
-Wegeler Riesling Spatlese 2012 Bernkasteler Doctor     Signature
-Thorle 2012 Pinot Noir Saulheimer Holle  Tandem
-Klumpp 2013 Riesling Baden Sekt    Living Vine
-Klumpp 2013 Riesling Baden    Living Vine
-Rappenhof 2012 Riesling Rheinhessen   Churchill Cellars
-Kunstler 2013 Riesling Kabinett Hochheimer Holle   Noble Estates
The Food: first, we had a tasting menu to accompany the 11:30 seminar wines, but of course it was very difficult to cross-taste and compare since the glasses and plates were in constant shuffle of placing and replacing. Pickled herring was least successful as it was tasted against three bone dry rieslings, and actually put me off my palate. It took awhile to recover. There were a dozen wines in the seminar, and many were paired against smoked pork belly (two older rieslings), short rib sauerbraten (three young pinot noirs), rare lamb (older pinots), and limburger (two off-dry rieslings). At the show, we had platters of food (sushi, spring rolls, fried treats, quail eggs, smoked warm sausage) plus cheese trays with fruit and veggies. Enough of just about anything that could be paired with German wines.
The Downside: parts of the seminar were difficult to hear and see.
The Upside: a great opportunity to catch up with new and fresh (2014) German wines.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 93.

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