Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Vinyard Tour and Tasting at Weingut Horst Sauer in Eschendorf, Franken, with Horst Sauer - Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Picture: Annette Schiller and Horst Sauer

We spent a couple of hours with Horst Sauer, the charismatic winemaker from Eschendorf in Franken. We toured with him the vineyards and the production facilities, before sitting down for a tasting of his bone-dry as well as noble-sweet wines. We also met the next generation, Horst‘s daughter Sandra Sauer, a graduate of the prestigious Geisenheim University, who is managing Weingut Horst Sauer jointly with her father and who is now in the lead in the cellar.

Just across the street of Weingut Horst Sauer is Weingut Rainer Sauer, also a leading winemaker in Franken. But there is no relation between the two.

Pictures: Arriving at Weingut Horst Sauer

Franken

Franken, located in the northern part of Bavaria, is boasting a long tradition and some fine terroirs (mostly shell limestone and Keuper, a kind of marl). Its two leading grape varieties are Riesling and Silvaner. Typically, Franken wine comes in the distinctive, dumpily-rounded Franken “Bocksbeutel” wine bottle. The bottle’s unusual shape dates back to at least the 16th century. The Bocksbeutel may only be used for Franken wines. In Germany, it is a sign of excellence, while in the US, many consumers link this kind of bottle shape to lower quality wine.

Pictures: Magdalena Sauer and Sandra Sauer

Weingut Horst Sauer

Weingut Horst Sauer is in Escherndorf in the Main Triangle area in Franken. Horst Sauer made his first wine in 1977, the birth year of his daughter. Since then he has become one of Germany’s truly exceptional winemakers.

Pictures: In the Vineyard with Horst Sauer

Today, the vineyard area totals 20.5 hectares. They are planted with the white grape varieties Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Bacchus, Pinot Blanc and Scheurebe, as well as with the red varieties Pinot Noir and Domination. The output of Weingut Horst Sauer doubled in the past 10 years.

The wines are made in a newly built four-story winery, where the grapes and wines are moved on the shortest possible routes entirely by gravity. This gentle treatment in conjunction with a slow, restrained fermentation yields very delicate, clean, pure wine.

Fantastic dry wines are produced at this estate mainly from Silvaner, but also from Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. Besides dry wines Horst Sauer is known for lusciously sweet specialities.

Pictures: Annette Schiller and Horst Sauer

To get a glimpse into his philosophy of winemaking I will quote him here: “The start of a great wine lies in the winemaker’s imagination. I use to keep close watch on nature. Each year is different. The experiences we made in the past change our view and our range of options. You have to consider carefully when to influence, to control, to improve, and to enhance. And you have to find out at which point control becomes manipulation. Each wine has only one spring, one summer, one autumn, and one ripening season. Once you become aware of this fact, you know what it means to be patient. Only those who have a vision will find the way to their goal.”

Picture: The Cellar

20 percent of the production is accounted for by exports. This is a rather high export share by Franconian standards. Asia and Scandinavia are the main export destinations. Nothing comes to the US. 50% of the production is sold at the winery.

Pictures: Tasting with Horst Sauer

Der Feinschmecker on Horst Sauer

Der Feinschmecker: Horst Sauer is an unusual phenomenon in Franconia, which is famous for its dry wines: The committed and also internationally highly honoured winemaker dedicates himself with particular devotion to the production of noble sweet top wines. From the steep sloped vineyard of Escherndorfer Lump, Sauer collects Silvaner and Riesling grapes: With his experienced eye he checks immediately whether they are suitable for his varied range. It is important to harvest the grapes at the time of the correct grade of ripeness. As few other winemakers do, Sauer understands to select the healthy grapes for his dry wines and to choose the exact amount of botrytis – the grapes and parts which give the wine the respective desired degree of creaminess and delicate spices – for his Beerenauslese (select berry harvest) and Trockenbeerenauslese (select dry berry harvest).

Pictures: Numerous Awards

Sauer’s dry wines also have format, they show the saltiness of the shell limestone soil with great poignancy. In the vineyard with its modern architecture – the new building was inaugurated in 2006 – Sauer works side by side with his daughter Sandra, who accompanies the winemaking with her sensory assessment and in addition takes care of the marketing.

Tasting


Gutswein

The Gutswein category are „good from the ground up“ and form the basis of the VDP‘s quality pyramid, which is based on the terroir principle. These are wines made from grapes grown on any vineyard of the estate.

2016 Weingut Horst Sauer WEISS trocken
2016 Weingut Horst Sauer Just Silvaner trocken


Ortswein

The grapes of the Weingut Horst Sauer Ortswein category are grown on any vineyard of the estate in the village of Eschendorf. The wines come from younger vines and the edges of the Erste Lage vineyard.

2016 Weingut Horst Sauer Eschendorfer Silvaner trocken


Erste Lage - Trocken

Dry wines from a Erste Lage are labelled Qualitätswein S. Our lifeblood is to be found in these wines.

2016 Weingut Horst Sauer Eschendorfer Fürstenberg Müller-Thurgau S. trocken
2016 Weingut Horst Sauer Eschendorfer Fürstenberg Blauer Silvaner S. trocken
2016 Weingut Horst Sauer Eschendorfer Lump Silvaner S. trocken
2016 Weingut Horst Sauer Eschendorfer Lump Riesling S. Trocken


Grosse Lage

The Grosse Lage classification distinguishes the very best German vineyards.

2015 Weingut Horst Sauer Eschendorfer Am Lumpen 1655 Silvaner GG trocken
2015 Weingut Horst Sauer Eschendorfer Am Lumpen 1655 Riesling GG trocken


Special Wine

This is a wine made jointly with the head sommelier of the world renowned restaurant Tim Raue in Berlin.

2013 Weingut Horst Sauer ES IST WIE ES IST Die Dritte Cuvee mit Andre Macionga


Erste Lage – Edelsüss

2016 Weingut Horst Sauer Eschendorfer Lump Scheurebe Spätlese
2015 Weingut Horst Sauer Eschendorfer Lump Silvaner Trockenbeerenauslese


Line-up


Bye-bye

Many, many thanks Horst.

Pictures: Bye-bye

Postings: Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours: Wine, Art, Culture and History (Published and Forthcoming Postings)

Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours: Wine, Art, Culture and History

Wine Tasting Lunch at Weingut Frölich-Hake in Naumburg-Rossbach, Saale-Unstrut, Germany, with Sandra Hake – Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Weingut Pawis in the Saale Unstrut Region: Tour and Wine Tasting with Marcus Pawis – Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Tasting at Weingut Uwe Lützkendorf, with Uwe Lützkendorf, in Bad Kösen, Saale-Unstrut – Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Schiller's Favorite Winemakers in the Saale Unstrut Region, Germany

Wine and Music: "Martin Luther Lunch" at the Historic Vincenz Richter Restaurant, Weingut Vincenz Richter, in Meissen with Senior Boss Gottfried Herrlich and the Music of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven – Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Visit of Weingut Klaus Zimmerling: The Wines of Klaus Zimmerling and the Art of his Wife Malgorzata Chodakoska - Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Wine and Opera in Dresden: Mozart at Semper Opera and the Best Wines of Sachsen at Wine Bar Weinzentrale in Dresden-Neustadt, with Owner/ Sommelier Jens Pietzonka – Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Dresden is the New Unlikely Place for Fine Barolo Wine: Weingut Martin Schwarz – Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Tour and Dinner at Weingut Schloss Proschwitz - Prinz zur Lippe in Zadel, Sachsen, with Georg Prinz zur Lippe - Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Schiller's Favorite Winemakers in Sachsen (Saxony), Germany

Vinyard Tour and Tasting at Weingut Horst Sauer in Eschendorf, Franken, with Horst Sauer - Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Vineyard tour, Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Fürstlich Castell'sches Domänenamt, with General Manager/ Winemaker Björn Probst

Michelin-star Level Winepairing Dinner at Winzerhof Stahl, Franken, Prepared by Winemaker/ Chef Christian Stahl

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Juliusspital in Würzburg,Franken

Schiller’s Favorites: 2 Legendary Wine Taverns in Würzburg – Juliusspital and Bürgerspital

Schiller’s Favorite Wine Taverns in Würzburg

Vineyard Tour, Cellar Tour, Lunch and Tasting at Weingut Fürst Hohenlohe Öhringen in Öhringen–Verrenberg,Württemberg with Winemaker Joachim Brand

Cellar Tour, Vineyard Tour, Tasting and Dinner at Weingut Graf von Bentzel-Sturmfeder in Schozach, Württemberg, with Kilian Graf von Bentzel-Sturmfeder

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Wachstetter in Pfaffenhofen, Württemberg, with Rainer Wachtstetter

Lunch at Restaurant Schloss Monrepos Ludwigsburg, Württemberg, with Chef Ben Benasr (1 Sar Michelin)

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Herzog von Württemberg at Schloss Monrepos in Ludwigsburg, Württemberg, with Andrea Ritz, Wine Queen of Württemberg 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Announcement: Germany, Burgundy and Alsace - 3 Tastings led by Annette Schiller of ombiasy PR and WineTours at the National Conference of the American Wine Society (AWS) in Pennsylvania on November 2 - 5, 2017

Picture: 2017 American Wine Society Annual Meetings in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania on November 2 - 5, 2017

Annette Schiller, President of ombiasy PR and WineTours and member of the American Wine Society, will lead 3 wine tastings - Germany, Burgundy and Alsace - at the forthcoming Annual Meetings of the American Wine Society. In addition, Annette and Christian Schiller will pour a selection of German wines at the Showcase of Wines event during the second evening.

The tastings are sponsored by ombiasy WineTours and the wine producers whose wines are being presented or their US importers.

The 2017 American Wine Society Annual Meetings will take place at the Kalahari in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania on November 2 - 5, 2017.

More than 800 members from all over the USA are coming to this 3-day event, filled with tastings, seminars and presentations.

Pictures: Peter Mondavi Jr. at the ombiasy WineTours Booth during the 2016 Amrican Wine Society National Meetings in California. See: The 2016 American Wine Society National Conference in California, USA: Seen Through Christian Schiller's Camera Lens

The American Wine Society

The American Wine Society was founded in 1967 as a non-profit, educational, consumer-oriented organization for those interested in learning more about all aspects of wine. On October 7, 1967, around 200 grape growers, home winemakers, and wine lovers gathered at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s vineyard on Keuka Lake near Hammondsport, NY for the AWS’ initial meeting.

In December of the same year, the thirteen charter members, led by Founder Dr. Konstantin Frank, met to determine the organization structure of AWS and elect officers. Now in its 49th year, the American Wine Society is the largest consumer based wine education organization in North America. Membership is open to anyone interested in wine and over 21 years of age.

In the early days, AWS members were located primarily in the eastern part of the country. As the society grew , we established chapters throughout the eastern U.S., then into the south and Midwest, and finally into western states. Today, the American Wine Society has over 5,000 members in 45 states and 120 chapters across the U.S.

Each November the Society hosts hosts a three-day national conference with two full days of educational seminars, nearly 49 to choose from. Winery owners, wine educators, and renowned wine makers are selected to present sessions during this national event. In addition, a program educating members to become AWS certified wine judges is conducted on the day preceding the seminars.

Annette Schiller's Presentations at the 2017 American Wine Society Annual Meetings in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania on November 2 - 5, 2017

A Journey through the Vineyards of Alsace

Friday November 3
9am - 10:15am

Presenter:
Annette Schiller, Owner, Ombiasy PR & Wine Tours

Picture: Annette and Christian Schiller and Steven Kent with Hubert Trimbach at Maison Trimbach in 2014. See: At Maison Trimbach in Alsace with Hubert Trimbach – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Picture: Tasting with Jean Frederic Hugel at Maison Hugel in Riquewihr during the 2017 Germany-South and Alsace Tour by ombiasy WineTours

Alsace, where the vineyards are concentrated in a narrow strip between the Vosges Mountains in the west and the Rhine River in the east, is one of the most picturesque wineregion on the planet. As we travel from south to north along the Alsatian wine trail we learn about the app ellations, the predominant grape varietals, the many different terroirs, and the history. History has an important influence on the style of the Alsatian wines, since nationality has passed from Germany to France and vice versa several times throughout the centuries, and each country left its mark.

Annette will pour 6 wines.

Crément d’Alsace: Dirler-Cadé
Jülg: Muscat
Hugel: Gentil
Trimbach: Pinot Gris « Réserve »
Hugel: Gewürztraminer Grosse Laüe
Trimbach: Riesling 2009 « Cuvée Frédéric Emile »

German Wines in the 21st Century

Friday November 3
2:30pm - 3:45pm

Presenter:
Annette Schiller, Owner, Ombiasy PR & Wine Tours

Picture: Horst Sauer, Weingut Horst Sauer. See: Vinyard Tour, Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Horst Sauer in Eschendorf, Franken, with Horst Sauer – Germany-East Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Picture: Annette Schiller and Uwe Lützkendorf. See also: Tasting at Weingut Lützkendorf with Uwe Lützkendorf – Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

This presentation will show the shift from sweet to dry white wines, and from white to red wines due to climate change, and the profound knowledge of the new generation of vineyard managers and cellar masters. Another shift can be observed in determining the quality of the wine, from sugar content at point of harvest to the terroir principle. Since 2012 the VDP (Association of Premium German Wine Estates) has implemented a four-tier system that is based on the principle that the vineyard site is the quality criterion. The goal is to enhance the value of Germany’s finest vineyard sites as an integral part of a unique viticultural landscape.

Annette will pour 6 wines.

RED

Pinot Noir, August Kessler, Rheingau
Lemberger, Estate, Haidle, Württemberg

WHITE

Riesling, Gutswein, von Hövel, Mosel
Silvaner, Eschendorfer Lump, Ortswein, Horst Sauer, Franken
Grauburgunder, Erste Lage, Dr. Heger, Baden
Weissburgunder, GG, Lützkendorf, Saale-Unstrut

Burgundy: What makes it so special?

Thursday November 4
11:00am - 12:15pm

Presenter:
Annette Schiller, Owner, Ombiasy PR & Wine Tours

Picture: Annette Schiller in Gevry-Chambertin. See: Burgundy (and Champagne) 2016 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: From Lyon to Reims - Wine, Food, Culture and History

Picture: Annette Schiller and Jean Michel Gillon. See: Tasting at Domaine Jean Michel Guillon in Gevrey-Chambertin with Jean Michel Guillon – Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), France

Picture: Christian Schiller and Jean­-Marc Brocard at Domaine Brocard in Préhy. See: Wine Pairing Lunch, Cellar Visit, Vineyard Tour and Tasting at Domaine Jean­ Marc Brocard in Préhy, Chablis – Bourgogne (and Champagne) Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Burgundy is one of the world’s best-known wine regions, but perhaps one of the least understood. Burgundy is the most terroir-oriented region in France. Immense attention is paid to the area of origin with a specific vineyard or region bearing a given classification, regardless of the owner or producer. This presentation will explore the five core appellations, the importance of history for wine making in Burgundy, and the superior position of the Grand Cru white and red wines of Burgundy in the world of wine.

Annette will pour 6 wines.

WHITE

Chablis: Brocard
Mâconnais: Pouilly Vinzelles 2015, Drouhin

RED

Beaujolais: Maison Roche de Bellene, Coteaux Bourguignons “Cuvée Terroir”
Côte Chalonnaise: Mercurey, Faiveley
Côte de Beaune: Volnay Preminer Cru, Nicolas Rossignol
Côte de Nuits: Jean Michel Guillon

Showcase of Wines

Friday November 3 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Annette and Christian will pour a selection of German wines sponsored by Loosen Bros. USA, the importer of Dr. Loosen, Robert Weil, Maximin Grünhaus, Fritz Haag, Philipp Wittmann and Wolf. 

Picture: Annette Schiller, Christian Schiller and Ernst Loosen in Washington DC. See also: Wine Tasting at Weingut Dr. Loosen in Bernkastel-Kues, Mosel – Germany-North by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Annette Schiller's Presentations at the 2016 American Wine Society Annual Meetings in California

The 2016 American Wine Society National Conference in California, USA: Seen Through Christian Schiller's Camera Lens

The New Germany: Red, Sparkling and Dry - Tasting at the American Wine Society 2016 National Conference in Los Angeles, USA, led by Annette Schiller

The New Classification of German Wines: The VDP Classification - Annette Schiller Conducting a Seminar at the 2016 National Convention of the American Wine Society in Los Angeles, USA

The Insider’s View of Charles Krug Winery - Peter Mondavi Jr., Co-Proprietor, Charles Krug Winery

Château Climens, Premier Cru Barsac and Savory Dishes…who knew? - Bérénice Lurton, Owner of Château Climens and Tony Lawrence, Global Food & Wine Pairing Specialist 

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Vinyard Tour, Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Horst Sauer in Eschendorf, Franken, with Horst Sauer – Germany-East Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

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Tasting at Domaine Jean Michel Guillon in Gevrey-Chambertin with Jean Michel Guillon – Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), France

Wine Pairing Lunch, Cellar Visit, Vineyard Tour and Tasting at Domaine Jean­ Marc Brocard in Préhy, Chablis – Bourgogne (and Champagne) Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Wine Tasting at Weingut Dr. Loosen in Bernkastel-Kues, Mosel – Germany-North by ombiasy WineTours (2015)


Friday, October 13, 2017

Winemaking in the Venetian Lagoon: Orto di Venezia, with Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze, Italy

Picture: Annette Schiller, Orto di Venezia Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze and Christian Schiller

As part of the 2017 Annual Meetings of the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) I toured for a day the Venetian Lagoon, with Annette Schiller.

Venice is among the world's most urban cities: a crowded aggregate of houses, palazzi, churches, squares, and other manmade structures, with few public green spaces to relieve a landscape dominated by stone, brick, and stuccoed walls. What most visitors don't realize is that Venice is surrounded by one of the most ecologically rich bodies of water in the Mediterranean: the Laguna Veneta, or Venetian Lagoon.

At the center of the tour of the Venetian Lagoon was a visit of and wine tasting at Orto di Venezia, the only winery in Venice, located in a shabby-chic farm house on the quiet San Erasmo Island.

Pictures: Venetian Lagoon

Touring the Venetian Lagoon

We started the boat trip at the Tronchetto terminal. Our boat took us first to San Erasmo Island, where we visited and had a wine tasting at Orto di Venezia. From there, the boat took us to Torcello (30 min.),a small island in the northern area of the Venice Lagoon. We had lunch at Restaurant “Trono di Attila” on Torcello island and visited the vineyards of “Consorzio Vini Venezia” on Torcello island. The boat trip back to Piazza San Marco took an hour. Annette and I spent the evening in Venice and took a train back to Padua.

Pictures: Touring the Venetian Lagoon

At Orto di Venezia with Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze  

Orto di Venezia, the only winery in Venice, is located in a shabby-chic farm house on the quiet island of Sant’Erasmo, where the vineyards are naturally grown thanks to the favourable Lagoon’s climate and rich terroir. Orto, a unique 5-year-aged white wine, has been created by Michel Thoulouze, a French businessman who, after getting into the international limelight with the foundation of various television channels, including famous Canal Plus, fell in love with Venice and decide to settle down there.

Pictures: Orto di Venezia

Here is more information on Orto di Venezia by  Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze (Website):

The island of San Erasmo in the lagoon has been supplying fresh vegetables to the market in Venice for centuries. The San Erasmo artichokes are renowned throughout Italy. In the 16th Century the island was covered with vineyards.

Michel Thoulouze decided to relaunch wine production on the island using the traditional methods of the local farmers and the expertise of Claude Bourguignon and Alain Graillot whose Crozes Ermitage wines have a worldwide reputation. The resulting wine, ORTO, has all the character of this special island and it is the only wine cultivated within the territorial boundaries of Venice.

The earth:
  • the ancestral drainage system on the island was renovated. Rainwater collects in canals that cross the vineyard and the water is evacuated by opening sluice gates at low tide.
  • before planting the first vines, the ground was prepared only with plants (barley, radish).
  • the vines were planted by direct seeding without any ploughing following the principles of Claude Bourguignon.
  • and of course, never any weedkiller.
The wine :
  • an assembly of antique Italian grape varieties with a dominance of the Istrien Malvoisie.
  • in order to revive the flavour of wines in the past, before the philoxera epidemic, the vines were not grafted onto roots imported from America but planted directly. This is one of the reasons for ORTO's exceptional quality.
  • the wine is not aged in barrels which would give it a "woody" taste: ORTO is a wine to quench your thirst.
  • ORTO is a white wine with a high mineral content and a flavour which reflects its terroir. It can be drunk on all occasions but it is especially suited to the produce of the Venice lagoon: fish, seafood, artichokes and asparagus.
Pictures: Tasting at Orto di Venezia with Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze

Financial Times on Orto di Venezia (June 6 2014)

First stop on our journey by boat through Venice's lagoon was to Sant'Erasmo, famous for the castraure artichokes, whose brief season our visit coincided with, and also increasingly for French ex-pat Michel Thoulouze's 4.5-hectare Orto vineyard, the first viticultural endeavour in the region since the floods of 1966.

Planting vines in the heavily saline soils of a flood-prone island is no less barmy than building a city-state on a network of marshy sand banks – so where better than Venice to blaze a trail. Through the auspices of his winemaker friend Alain Graillot of Crozes Hermitage, Thoulouze was able to get oenologists Claude and Lydia Bourguignon to examine his land. With clay and limestone-rich subsoil plus sedimentary rock washed down from the snow-capped Dolomites to the north, as well as salty breezes that act as a natural pest repellent, it appeared that the island was more suited to wine production than imagined.

However, it then took a lot of work: wall-building, drainage-channel dredging, and planting ungrafted Malvasia Istriana and Vermentino, two Italian varieties that traditionally perform well in coastal regions. In combination, the grapes give a wine of body, firm acidity and aromatic freshness and – with the addition of Fiano, seen more often in the volcanic soils of Avellino in Campania – structure and an intense minerality.

Pictures: In Venice

The wines are allowed to ferment out their sugars naturally (2010 was 12.5%, the hotter 2011 was 13.9%), see no oak of any kind and, using the resources to hand, magnums are aged in boats sunk in the lagoon – an excellent cellar.

We tried 2010 and 2008, the latter with a broader, oilier mouth-feel, the former showing a vitality and refreshing bitterness on the finish. Thoulouze is justifiably proud of his pioneering endeavours, but a 17th-century map of the region describing his land as "Il Vitigno Nobiluomo" (the nobleman's vineyard), suggests he was building on firmer foundations than La Serenissima itself.

Continuing our journey, we passed Isola San Francesco del Deserto, whose sole denizens were the seven monks who lived in the monastery, apparently all with characters much like the dwarves of the same number (one was even called Padre Felice - Happy) and perhaps a spritz to match (see the seven Venetian spritzes I wrote about in post one).  Anchoring at Torcello, where one of Venice's oldest religious edifices, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, was sacked by marauding Goths and rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries, we got our first glimpse of ancient Dorana vines in the courtyard – less than a third of a hectare, tended by Venissa's team, and the inspiration for their remarkable project.

Pictures: Founder and Owner of wine-searcher.com Martin Brown, Annette Schiller and Orto di Venezia by  Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze

The AAWE

The AAWE is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to encouraging and communicating economic research and analyses and exchanging ideas in wine economics. The Association’s principal activities include publishing a refereed journal — The Journal of Wine Economics — and staging scholarly conferences that are forums for current wine related economic research. Members of AAWE are economists from around the world — in academia, business, government, and research.

I have published 4 book reviews in the Journal of Wine Economics in the past few years:

Book Review by Christian Schiller in Journal of Wine Economics (Vol 11, No 3): MARK E. RICARDO: Simply Burgundy: A Practical Guide to Understanding the Wines of Burgundy. Mark E. Ricardo Book, 2014, 56 pp., ISBN 978-0990513704 Q4 (paperback), $12.99

Book Review by Christian Schiller in Journal of Wine Economics (Vol 11, No 2): JOHN WINTHROP HAEGER: Riesling Rediscovered: Bold, Bright and Dry. University of California Press, Oakland, 2016, 369 pp., ISBN 978-0-520-27545-4, $39.95

Book Review of "Wine Atlas of Germany" in Vol 10, No 1, 2015 of Journal of Wine Economics (Cambridge University Press)

Christian G.E. Schiller's Review of the Book: Ralf Frenzel (ed.) - Riesling, Robert Weil. Tre Torri, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2013, in: Journal of Wine Economics, Volume 9, 2014, No. 1, Cambridge University Press

This year's Annual Meetings took place in Padua, half an hour by train from Venice, in the Veneto Wine Region. The program focussed on the presentation of research papers by participants and also included a tour of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Region and a tour of the Venetian Lagoo.

Pictures: At the Annual Meetings of the American Association of Wine Economists in Padua, Italy (2017)

I am preparing 4 postings:

Venice, Padua and the Wines of Veneto: Annual Conference of the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) in Italy, 2017
Visiting the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Region, Italy
Winemaking in the Venetian Lagoon: Orto di Venezia, with Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze
Schiller's Favorite Wine Bars in Venice

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