Riesling is one of the top 2 white grape varieties sharing the top billing with Chardonnay. But for some unknown reason, Riesling isn’t as fashionable as Chardonnay or for that matter, any of a number of other grape varieties. And it just isn’t fair!
Not that they have to prove their point, but each year Wines of Germany has sponsored a unique tasting of Rieslings with the producers pouring their own wines. This year’s version was called Riesling & Company Road Show. And indeed it was a road show starting in California and ending in New York.
Traveling together for 31 days were wine author and expert Stuart Piggot and New York restauranteur Paul Grieco. The focus was the 2012 vintage and producers proudly poured their 2012 and a host of other years. It was paradise for a wine lover: in one room were many of the greatest extant German wine producers. It was a great opportunity to meet these personalities face to face and of course to taste their wines. My idol is Johannes Selbach and we made
arrangements for him to meet our wine cruise participants this October in Bernkastel.
I also met Georg Breuer’s daughter, Theresa, who also made plans to meet our group when the boat docks in Rudesheim.
If this were not reason enough to travel to NYC, the highlight was the opportunity to taste 10 old vintages. Look at what Wines of Germany poured:
Schloss Johannisberg 2002 Rotlack
Weingut Bollig-Lehnert 1999 Kabinett
Weingut Maximin Grunhaus 1986 Riesling Spatlese
Weingut St. Urbans-Hof 2001 Riesling Spatlese
Weingut Konig Johann 1990 Riesling Spatlese
Weingut Selbach-Oster 1990 Riesling Spatlese
Weingut Dr. Loosen 1981 Riesling Spatlese
Domdechant Werner 1983 Riesling Eiswein
Weinhaus Jean Buscher 1989 Riesling Beerenauslese