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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Friday, July 18, 2014

The US Surpassed France as the World's largest Wine-consuming Nation

Picture: Washington DC, USA

Mike Steinberger: Recently the U.S. surpassed France as the world's largest wine-consuming nation, a statistical milestone that underscores the shifting balance of power in the wine world. Americans are drinking wine in ever greater numbers, and are drinking more widely than the French, the Italians, and the Spanish ever did.

The following new figures were released by the OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) a few months ago. They are revised estimates for 2013.

The Top 12 Global Wine Consumers (in Mio. hl)

1. USA 29.1
2. France 28.2
3. Italy 21.8
4. Germany 20.3
5. China 16.8
6. UK 12.7
7. Argentina 10.3
8. Russia 10.0
9. Spain 9.1
10. Australia 5.3
Other: Portugal 4.5
Other, between 3 and 4: Belgium and Luxembourg, Greece, The Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, Chile

The US has become the largest wine market in the world. Americans consumed more wine in 2013 than any other country. France came very close, with a difference of 1 Mio hl. Then, with a considerable difference, follow Italy and Germany, both consuming a bit more than 20 Mio hl.

Whereas France and Italy have a high (and declining) per capita consumption, as does Germany, although a bit lower, the US consumes very little per capita (only a bit more than 10 liters), but there is a large number of American consumers. In addition, American wine consumption per capita is growing.

Mike Steinberger: What also sets us (the American consumers) apart from more established markets is that we are increasing our wine consumption. In France, Italy, Spain, and other European countries, wine consumption is plummeting. In France, it has declined more than 50 percent since the 1960s and continues to fall.

China follows (#5) with about half of the consumption of the US. As in the case of the US, Chinese per capita consumption is low, but the number of consumers is huge. In fact, at less than 1 liter, the Chinese per capita consumption is dismal. But as in the US, 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. There is no doubt in my mind that this will happen. The only question is how fast.

Pictures: Chinese Wine in Beijing, China

The UK (#6) is a large consumer but produces almost nothing itself. All is imported. The per capita consumption is sizable, but as everywhere else in the Old World, on a declining trend.

Russia (#7), like the UK, is also a large wine consumer that produces almost nothing itself. Unlike the UK, per capita wine consumption is increasing. Russia is one of the drivers of the global growth in wine consumption.

Then follows Argentina (#8), with about 10 Mio hl, with Spain (#9) closely behind it.

The top 10 list is completed by Australia.

Looking further down the list, there is Portugal, at around 5 Mio hl. Portugal has a high per capita consumption, but a small number of consumers. Then follow a number of countries, all in the 3 Mio hl to 4 Mio hl range: Belgium and Luxembourg (combined), Greece, The Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil and Chile.

In terms of global growth: the US, China and Russia are driving growth in global wine consumption. The old world is a drag on growth, as per capita consumption is declining and the population stagnating. Global wine consumption has increased by about 1 percent per annum in the past 10 years and is forecast to grow by about the same rate in the coming years.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weingut Robert Weil Goes Facebook, Germany

Picture: Weingut Robert Weil Top Photo on Weingut Robert Weil Facebook Fan Page

One of the newest additions to the facebook wine scene is Weingut Robert Weil, the producer of world class Rieslings from the Rheingau, Germany. When announcing the entry into the world of facebook, Wilhelm Weil said that his winery was late in the game. By German standards, however, it was not at all late. In fact, as a quick review of Germany’s top producers showed, Weingut Robert Weil’s entry into the facebook time was early, not late.

See:
Germany’s Top Winemakers and Social Media

Weingut Robert Weil is without any doubt the Rheingau’s flagship winery. It is currently managed and co-owned by Wilhelm Weil.

All photos in this posting are from the Weingut Robert Weil Facebook page, except for the last one, which is my photo.

Weingut Robert Weil

Founded in 1875, Weingut Robert Weil in Kiedrich is the Rheingau’s #1 estate and one of Germany’s best. Four generations and over a century ago Dr. Robert Weil, who was a Professor of German at the Sorbonne, was forced to leave Paris because of the Franco-Prussian War (1870/1871). He subsequently joined his brother August in Kiedrich in the Rheingau and established the Robert Weil winery.

Picture: Wilhelm Weil Playing Cards with his Staff at Weingut Robert Weil

Dr. Robert Weil purchased his first vineyards in Kiedrich and moved there in 1875, when he bought the estate manor from the heirs of Sir John Sutton, an English baronet. A man of vision, he built up the estate by purchasing 2 local wine estates and the vineyards of Count von Fürstenberg. Contacts throughout the world and the production of great wines brought rapid growth to the Weingut Robert Weil.

Picture: The Wines of Weingut Robert Weil in Asia

Today, Weingut Robert Weil is managed by Wilhelm Weil, who owns the winery jointly with Suntory from Japan. With 75 hectares under vine, it is one of the largest estates in the Rheingau. The historical manor house, the ultra-modern cellars and the vinothek stand side by side in a beautiful park – the same synthesis of old and new that is reflected in the estate’s philosophy of winemaking.

Picture: Wilhelm Weil and Caro Maurer, MW, at the 2014 Riesling Symposium in Germany (Rheingau)

In 1988, the estate was sold by Robert Weil to the Japanese beverage group Suntory, and his son Wilhelm appointed as estate director.

Picture: Wilhelm Weil Watching the World Cup 2014 in Brazil with his Staff at Weingut Robert Weil

The vineyards are planted 100% with Riesling. The estate’s dedication to Riesling since 1875 has led numerous observers of the international wine world to regard Weingut Robert Weil as a worldwide symbol of German Riesling culture. A Riesling wine of the 1893 vintage, grown on the Gräfenberg site, made the estate famous. The imperial Habsburg court in Vienna purchased 800 bottles of this wine at a price of 16 gold Marks per bottle in 1900. The 1920 vintage of the Kiedricher Gräfenberg Trockenbeerenauslese is described as a Zeppelin wine, as it was served on board the LZ 127 „Graf Zeppelin” dirigible on its circumnavigation of the world in 1929. Robert Weil’s top botrytis wines are sold today at extremely high prices - they are among the most expensive in the world. The current world record (in 2006) is held by a 1999 Weil Trockenbeerenauslese, at DM 5.000 (EUR 2500).

Picture: Christian G.E.Schiller, Martina Weil, Annette Schiller, ombiasy PR and WineTours, Wilhelm Weil at the 2013 Rheingau Riesling Gala

Weingut Robert Weil’s top vineyards all belong to the group of the highlying sites of the Rheingau: Kiedricher Klosterberg, Kiedricher Turmberg and Kiedricher Gräfenberg. Inclination (up to 60 %), exposure (southwest) and the ability of the barren stony soils to absorb heat are the factors that make for three perfect Riesling sites. These conditions, as well as ideal circulation, enable the grapes to remain on the vine for a long time, ripening well into November.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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

Pictures: Riesling Revolution in China with Etienne Hugel, Domaine Hugel et Fils in Alsace, Ernst Loosen, Weingut Dr. Loosen in the Mosel Valley and Peter Barry, Jim Barry Estate in the Clare Valley, Australia

Wine Giant China

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.

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller with Potential Riesling Consumers in the Beijing Metro

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.

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.

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Emerging Wine Giant China: Top Wine China 2014, Beijing, China

The Riesling Revolution Tour

Against this background, 3 great Riesling producers – Domaine Hugel et Fils in Alsace, Weingut Dr. Loosen in the Mosel Valley and Jim Barry Estate in in the Clare Valley, Australia, teamed up to challenge the reign of red wine in the booming wine market of China. They visited Macao, Xiamen, Chengdu, Shanghai and Beijing with their Riesling Revolution Show.

Picture: Riesling Revolution in China Tour Brochure

I did not see them in action, but was told about the events when I visited Beijing a couple of weeks later. Summergate Fine Wines and Spirits organized the trip and produced a wonderful brochure entitled “Riesling Revolution”, of which I got a copy at Padoa Wine Store in Beijing.

Pictures: Padoa Store in Beijing with Dr. Loosen and Hugel et Fils Wines

Domaine Hugel et Fils in Alsace

Pictures: Etienne Hugel, Domaine Hugel et Fils in Alsace, on the Riesling Revolution in China Tour

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller in front of  Domaine Hugel et Fils in Alsace

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Weingut Dr. Loosen in the Mosel Valley

Pictures: Ernst Loosen, Weingut Dr. Loosen in the Mosel Valley, on the Riesling Revolution in China Tour

Pictures: Ernst Loosen, Annette Schiller and Christian G.E.Schiller at Weingut Dr. Loosen in the Mosel Valley

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Ernst Loosen and Dr. L. Riesling - His Hugely Popular Entry-level Wine Sold Throughout the World;
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Pictures: Peter Barry, Jim Barry Estate in the Clare Valley, Australia, on the Riesling Revolution in China Tour

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Etienne Hugel's Impressions

Here is Etienne Hugel’s account: A Riesling revolution has just swept across China! Peter Barry of Jim Barry Wines, Etienne Hugel of the Hugel family, and Ernst Loosen of Dr Loosen have joined forces with their importer and distributor Summergate, to challenge the reign of red wine in China. All through the week, the group conducted tastings, master classes, and media events across the region to celebrate the greatness of Riesling in all its many styles. The tour started in Macau, and moved on to the cities of Xiamen in Fujian province, and Chengdu in Sichuan province, followed by gala events in Shanghai, finally culminating in the capital city of Beijing on Saturday April 12th.

"We are championing Riesling as a spearhead of the white wine revolution in China. There is no better way to break China's red obsession than our Riesling Revolution tour with this trio of Riesling magicians" said Summergate founder and General Manager Ian Ford. "I expect our sales of Riesling to much more than double in the months and years ahead" said Ford.

Picture: Riesling Revolution Show in Macau

China has been known for years as a red wine market, highlighted in the recent film "Red Obsession". The IWSR recently stated that China is now the largest red wine consuming nation on earth, at an estimated 1.86 billion bottles including domestic production.

"Summergate together with these three great producers are the first to take a huge step forward in promoting and celebrating Riesling and white wine, on a large scale, across this country" said Ford.

The "Riesling Revolution" tour climaxed in Beijing on Saturday April 12th, highlighted by a Riesling tasting review from all three producers, and a gala dinner with the Capital's top wine enthusiasts.

For the Hugel family, a solid presence in Asia dates back to the 1950's and now covers virtually every country in the region. Mainland China is clearly now the latest challenge.

The Wines they Presented

Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2012
Hugel et Fils Classic Riesling 2012
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling 2012
Jim Barry The Florita Riesling 2012
Jim Barry The Florita Riesling 2005
Hugel et Fils Jubilee Riesling 2005
Hugel et Fils Jubilee Riesling 2007
Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2012
Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 2012
Hugel et Fils Vendage Tardive Riesling 2009

Thanks

Thanks Ernie for letting me use your pictures. Photos are either from the Weingut Dr. Loosen website or my own.

Picture: Riesling Revolution in China with Etienne Hugel, Domaine Hugel et Fils in Alsace, Ernst Loosen, Weingut Dr. Loosen in the Mosel Valley and Peter Barry, Jim Barry Estate in the Clare Valley, Australia

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