Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Discover the Taste of Germany – Winetasting at TopWine China 2014, led by Sabine Wagner, German Wine Princess, and Rachel Wang, Wine Writer and Educator, in Beijing, China

Picture: Discover the Taste of Germany – Winetasting at TopWine China 2014, led by Sabine Wagner, German Wine Princess, and Rachel Wang, Wine Writer and Educator, in Beijing, China, with Manuela Liebchen, German Wine Institute

There is an increasing number of annual wine fairs in China. One wine fair that is rapidly gaining importance is TopWine China in Beijing, which in 2014 took place during June 4 to 6 at the China National Convention Center.

From the German perspective, a well-attended German wine tasting, led by Sabine Wagner and Rachel Wang, was one of the highlights of the trade show. The German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner spent June 4 and 5 at TopWine China 2014.

Pictures: Discover the Taste of Germany – Winetasting at TopWine China 2014, led by Sabine Wagner, German Wine Princess, and Rachel Wang, Wine Writer and Educator, in Beijing, China, with Manuela Liebchen, German Wine Institute

China has become the 5th largest wine market in the world (following the US, France, Italy and Germany and ahead of the UK, Argentina, Spain, Australia and Portugal). Annual wine consumption in China has reached 16.8 million hectoliters, compared with 29.2 million hectoliters in the US. China is in the top 10 group of wine consuming countries.

With less than a liter per year, the Chinese per capita consumption is dismal, but the number of consumers is huge. Thus, overall wine consumption is large. And, per capita consumption is on an upward trend. If the per capita consumption increases just by as much as – for example – the Australian per capita consumption increased between 2007 and 2013, China would become the largest wine market in the world, overtaking the US, France, Italy and Germany. China’s wine boom started less than 20 years ago. It is poised to become the largest wine consumer in the world in the not too distant future.

Pictures: A Well-attended Tasting

Around 80 % cent of the wine consumed in China is red. The color red is considered lucky in China and is also affiliated with the Communist government, while white is associated with death and is predominantly seen at funerals.

China's import wine market is dominated by the French. Over 50 percent of imported wine comes from France. Labels like Chateau Lafite or Mouton have a cult status among the country's nouveau-riche. German wines are much less glamorous. The recent austerity and anti-corruption drive of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping has led to a marked decline in conspicuous consumption and sales of high-end wine.

Pictures: Annette Schiller, ombiasy PR and WineTours, Sabine Wagner, German Wine Princess, and Rachel Wang, Wine Writer and Educator, Manuela Liebchen, German Wine Institute. and Christian G.E. Schiller at TopWine China 2014

The main reason for flying over to Beijing was the birthday of my daughter Cornelia Tremann, who lives with her husband Chris Tremann in Beijing. Cornelia is with UNDP and Chris with the American Diplomatic Service.

Picture: Annette and Christian G.E. Schiller at Zhengyangmen Gate Tower Marking the South End of Tiananmen Square

The Tasting

2007 Bürgstadter Spätburgunder Franken Barrique
Producer: Rudolf Fürst
Importer: Vinhill

2012 Birnauer Spätburgunder Baden
Producer: Markgraf von Baden
Importer: Dalian Yutai Chongxin International Trading

2008 Rotschiefer Riesling trocken Nahe
Producer: Prinz Salm
Importer: Euro Starbrands

2007 Niersteiner Roter Hang Riesling trocken Rheinhessen
Producer: Reh-Kendermann
Importer: Reh-Kendermann Winery Shanghai

2012 Von Unserm Riesling trocken Rheingau
Producer: Balthasar Ress
Importer: The Wine Contor

2011 Steinbuckel Riesling Grosses Gewächs Pfalz
Producer: Knipser
Importer: CCWine

2011 Haart to Heart Riesling Mosel
Producer: Rheinhold Haart
Importer: PU Century

2012 Riesling Spätlese Mosel
Producer: Zimmermann-Graeff-Müller
Importer: MQ Wines

2010 Mühlheimer Helenenkloster Riesling Eiswein Mosel
Producer: Max Ferdinand Richter
Importer: BTS Export & Import

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Riesling Revolution in China: Weingut Dr. Loosen, Germany, Domaine Hugel et Fils, Alsace and Jim Barry, Australia - China Tour to Promote Riesling

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wines and Winemakers from Australia and New Zealand at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium, Rheingau, Germany

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller and Stephen Henschke, Henschke, Australia, at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium, Rheingau, Germany

The 2nd International Riesling Symposium took place on May 26 and 27, 2014, at Schloss Rheinhartshausen in the Rheingau. Riesling experts from around the world - top winemakers, representatives from the trade and restaurant sector, and journalists – gathered to celebrate, discuss and taste the arguably most noble white grape in the world - Riesling.

I have already provided an overview about the 2nd International Riesling Symposium event: The 2nd International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau, Germany.

This posting focuses on Australia and New Zealand, more specifically, the wines from Australia and New Zealand that were presented and the winemakers Australia and New Zealand participating in the 2nd International Riesling Symposium.For other specific postings, forthcoming and already released, see below.

Riesling in the World

There are about 47000 hectares planted with Riesling worldwide. Germany – with 22500 hectares – accounts for about half of the total. The second and third largest Riesling producer are the US (mainly Washington State and Finger Lakes Region) with 4800 hectares and Australia with 4100 hectares. But this is only about 1/10 of the total. Alsace follows with 3500 hectares. Alsace, Ukraine and Austria follow with 3500 hectares, 2700 hectares and 1900 hectares, respectively.

Picture: Riesling in the World

Overall, Riesling is really a niche wine, accounting for less than 1 percent of total wine production in the world - but a very special niche wine. In terms of quality wines, Riesling is usually included in the top three white wine varieties, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling is highly terroir-expressive, meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine’s place of origin.

Australian Winemakers at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium

Jim Barry Wines, Clare Valley
Frankland Estate, Frankland River
Grosset, Frankland River
Henschke, Barossa Valley

Winemakers from New Zealand at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium

Felton Road, Central Otago
Framingham Wines, Marlborough

Wines from Australia and New Zealand at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium

Wines from Australia and New Zealand were included in 2 of the 4 tastings: (1) Rieslings from the New World – More Traditional than Rieslings from the Old World? A Tasting at the 2014 International Riesling Symposium, Germany, Moderated by Stuart Pigott, and (2) Riesling and Aging Potential. A Tasting at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium, led by Caro Maurer, MW, Germany

Rieslings from the New World – More Traditional than Rieslings from the Old World? A Tasting at the 2014 International Riesling Symposium, Germany, Moderated by Stuart Pigott

Picture: Stuart Pigott and Annette Schiller, ombiasyPR and WineTours, at the 2014 International Riesling Symposium, Germany

Australian Terroir

Picture: Australian Wines

Grosset, 2013 Springvale Riesling

Stuart Pigott: Jeffrey Grosset, owner and founder, has always been an innovator, challenging tradition and questioning accepted practices. The winery was founded in 1981. The vineyard area totals 21 hectares. Production is 11000 cases. Riesling accounts for 70% of the production. The Claire Valley, north of Adelaide, where Grosset is located, is one of Australia's oldest wine regions, best known for Riesling wines. It has a climate of daily extremes.

Grosset, 2013 Polish Hill Riesling

Stuart Pigott: Both are extremely bright wines. Both wines are bone dry. Both wines have strikingly different personalities.

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller and Jeffrey Grosset at the 2014 International Riesling Symposium, Germany

Henschke, 2013, Lenswood Green’s Hill Riesling

Stuart Pigott: Henscke is a sixth generation family estate established in 1868 in the Barossa’s Eden Valley. The vineyard area totals 100 hectares. Production is 40000 cases. Riesling accounts for 10% of the production, Shiraz for 40%. Stephen and Prue Henschke believe in careful traditional winemaking and use organic and biodynamic practices.

Lots of apple notes, high acidity, long finish.

Henschke, 2013, Julius Eden Valley Riesling

Stuart Pigott: Striking acidity, with aromatic layers. One of my Australian favorites. All 4 of them, you could leave for another 20 years in the cellar.

Frankland Estate, 2011, Riesling Isolation Ridge Vineyard

Stuart Pigott: Frankland Estate is a family owned and operated wine producer located in the isolated Frankland river region some 380 kilometers south-east of Perth in Western Australia. It was founded in 1988. The vineyard area totals 30 hectares. Annual production is 20000 cases. Riesling accounts for 30% of the production.

11% alcohol – so much for New World wines being high in alcohol.

Pictures: Christian G.E. Schiller and Hunter Smith, Frankland Estate, at the 2014 International Riesling Symposium, Germany

Jim Barry, 2009, The Florita Riesling

Stuart Pigott: Back to the Claire Valley. Jim Barry was founded in 1959. The vineyard area totals 243 hectares. Annual production is 80000 cases. Riesling accounts for 30% of the production, Shiraz for 40%.

I cannot imagine a more prototypical Australian Riesling than this one. Has the lime aroma, which is so typical for Australian Riesling. The wine has lost first flush of freshness.

Picture: Peter Barry and Ernst Loosen in China during the "Riesling Revolution" Tour in 2014 (Source: Dr. Loosen Website)

New Style Natural Sweet Rieslings from New Zealand

Picture: New Style Natural Sweet Rieslings from New Zealand

Felton Road, 2013, Riesling Block 1
Felton Road, 2002, Riesling Block 1

Stuart Pigott: A wonderful combination of wines, showing very well how these wines can age. Mosel has played a role in these wines, but they have their own personality. Demeter-certified viticulture and very simple “hands off” winemaking.

Felton Road was founded in 1991. Annual production is 12000 cases. Riesling accounts for 10% and Pinot Noir for 70%.

Pictures: Owner Nigel Greening, Felton Road with Lukas Pichler, F.X.Pichler, and Christian G.E.Schiller at the 2014 International Riesling Symposium, Germany

Framingham, 2013, Riesling Auslese “F-Series”
Framingham, 2013, Noble Riesling

Stuart Pigott: These wines caused quite a storm at a blind tasting in which I participated. People thought that this was not possible in New Zealand. You have to be daring. Obviously, such wines can not only be made in the Mosel Valley.

Framingham was founded in 1994; it is owned by Sogrape Vinhos. Annual production is 26000 cases. Riesling accounts for 8% and Sauvignon Blanc for 75%.

Picture: Winemaker Andrew Hedley and Annette Schiller at the 2014 International Riesling Symposium, Germany

Stuart Pigott: These and the other wines show that New World wines can be subtle, can be intense, can be mind-blowing.

Riesling and Aging Potential. A Tasting at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium, led by Caro Maurer, MW, Germany

The Tasting

Caro Maurer: Riesling is one of the best grape varieties for aging, because of the acidity and – in some cases – sweetness.

Picture: Caro Maurer, MW, at the Riesling and Aging Potential Tasting, 2nd International Riesling Symposium

Henschke Australia

2004 Julius Eden Valley Riesling

Caro Maurer: Germans often forget that we have Riesling all over the world. This wine – and the next wine – both have screwcaps, which keeps them fresh. The Henschke Riesling has at least 20 more years of aging potential. A lean, clean, forward style, which is so typical for the region.

Stephen Henschke: Vines are 50 years old, biodynamically made, cool fermentation, bottled early.

All 4 of them, you could leave for another 20 years in the cellar.

Pictures: Stephen Henscke and Annette Schiller at the 2014 International Riesling Symposium, Germany

Framingham New Zealand

2004 Dry Riesling

Caro Maurer: The vines were planted in Marlborough in 1981. It is a cool climate region. Andrew Hedley’s objective is to make new world wines in an old world style. Stony, flinty, not fruit driven, pure, has its elegance. 5 grams RS.

Dirk Würtz: Unglaublich spannend zu sehen war auch das Reifepotenzial der trockenen Rieslinge aus Australien und Neuseeland. Beide Vertreter aus dem Jahr 2004 standen kaum gealtert im Glas. Herausragend war der Riesling von Framingham aus Neuseeland. Perfekt balanciert, extrem jugendlich. Überhaupt sollte man sich diesen Framingham merken. Seine edelsüßen Weine gehören zum besten, was ich in diesem Bereich in den letzten Jahren getrunken habe.

Postings about the 2014 International Riesling Symposium on schiller-wine

This posting is part of a series about the 2nd International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau, Germany. Here is a list of the Postings already published and those still coming.

The 2nd International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau, Germany
A Tour through the Rheingau - Visit of 3 Prestigious, Historic Rheingau Wineries: Weingut Robert Weil, Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach and Schloss Johannisberg, Germany
Rieslings from the New World – More Traditional than Rieslings from the Old World? A Tasting at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium, led by Stuart Pigott, Germany
The Grand Cru Couple from VDP.Grosse Lage – Riesling Grosses Gewächs and Riesling Spätlese. A Tasting at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium, led by Giuseppe Lauria, Germany
Riesling from Danube, Rhine, Nahe, and Moselle: the European Riesling Route - A Tasting at the 2014 International Riesling Symposium, Germany, Moderated by Cornelius and Fabian Lange
Riesling and Aging Potential. A Tasting at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium, led by Caro Maurer, MW, Germany

Wines and Winemakers from Australia and New Zealand at the 2nd International Riesling Symposium, Rheingau, Germany
Austrian Riesling Producers at the 2. International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau, Germany
German Riesling Producers at the 2. International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau, Germany
American and Canadian Riesling Producers at the 2. International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau, Germany

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A German Riesling Pairing Event at Evo Bistro in Northern Virginia with German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner

Pictures: A German Riesling Pairing Event at Evo Bistro in Northern Virginia with German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner, with Jerry Keating, General Manager of Evo Bistro (right)

Wine Majesties have a long tradition in Germany. Basically all wine villages, wine regions and the country as a whole have wine queens and wine princesses. Of course, the crème de la crème are the national wine majesties, the German Wine Queen and the two German Wine Princesses.

Picture:  The Menu

One of the two reigning German Wine Princesses, Sabine Wagner, came to the US for an East Coast Tour (Northern Virginia, Philadelphia and Washington DC) with a series of 6 events between June 25 and June 30, 2014. The trip was organized by Annette Schiller (Ombiasy PR and WineTours) and supported by the German Wine Institute (Mainz, Germany) and the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter).

Pictures: Happy Faces with the German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner

I have already provided an overview about the East Coast Tour of German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner: German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner on US East Coast Tour, US/Germany

This posting focuses on one special event, the German Wine Pairing event at our “down the road bistro” Evo Bistro in McLean, with wines from Weingut Clemens Busch, Weingut Robert Weil and Weingut Dr. Loosen, which Chef Ticara Smith paired with German, Mexican and Thai food. We were a group of 20 German wine lovers.

Picture: Selfie with German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner in the Mirror

US East Coast Tour of German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner

Annette Schiller: This past week was a fabulous week for German wine. Many of you participated in one or several of the events with Sabine Wagner, the reigning German wine princess. Sent by the German Wine Institute as ambassador for German wine she was here to promote German wine. Ombiasy PR, WineEvents & WineTours organized tastings, wine pairing dinners, classes, and a BYOW party at our house. I think we all learned a lot from Sabine’s presentations on German wine in general, on the new classification for German wine, and on the rigorous knowledge competition throughout several years to become the National Ambassador for German wine. Sabine showed us wines from entry level to ultra-premium level, and from bone dry to sweet. It was a showcase of what serious German winemakers are capable of producing.

Pictures: Mark Longsworth, Regional Business Director, Country Vintner, with Annette Schiller and German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner

Evo Bistro Invitation

Evo Bistro Is Proud To Present …
A German Riesling Pairing Event
A Royal Wine Visit from Princess Sabine Wagner
Monday, June 30th at 6PM --$60 Per Person
Evo Bistro, 1313 Old Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101

Evo Bistro and ombiasy PR and WineTours are proud to announce that we will have the perfect summer drink for you: fresh, fruity, premium German Rieslings. Chef Ticara Smith will prepare mouthwatering bites to pair with the fruit and earth profile of the Rieslings.

Please join us in welcoming Sabine Wagner, the reigning German Wine Princess, elected after a rigorous knowledge competition on everything “wine”, who will talk about the wines.

Pictures: German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner Explaining

The Evo Bistro Menu

Welcome

Dr. L Riesling Sekt, Dr. Loosen, Mosel, Sparkling


First Course (German): German sausage board (bratwurst, blood sausage and liverwurst) with house-made sauerkraut, and caramelized apples


Riesling Red Slate, Dr. Loosen, Estate, Mosel, 2012


Second Course (Mexican): Chicken and pork pupusa


Marienburg Riesling, Falkenlay, GG, Clemens Busch, Mosel, 2011
Marienburg Riesling, Falknelay, Clemens Busch, Moisel, 2010


Third Course (Thai): Pad Thai with shrimp and chicken


2011 Rheingau, Weingut Robert Weil, Riesling Kabinett


Fourth course (Chef's Choice): German chocolate layered parfait

Pictures: German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner, Chef Ticara Smith and Dessert

2012 Dr. Loosen, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Spätlese


Thanks

Thanks Jerry for this great event.

Picture: Last Picture with the German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner, with Other Evo Bistro Guests

Postings on schiller-wine about the US East Coast Tour of German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner 

This posting is part of a series of postings covering the US East Coast tour of German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner.

German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner on US East Coast Tour, US/Germany

Wining and Dining with a Princess: German Wine Pairing Dinner with the German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner at Restaurant 2941 in Northern Virginia, US

German Wine Tastings with the German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner at the German Wine Society (Philadelphia Chapter), US

German Wine Tastings with the German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner at the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter), US

The German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner at MacArthur Beverages in Washington DC, US

Riesling Party at the Schiller Residence in Northern Virginia with the German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner, US/Germany

A German Riesling Pairing Event at Evo Bistro in McLean, Virginia - A Royal Wine Visit from Princess Sabine Wagner, US

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