Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Riesling & Co. World Tour 2009

2007 Eiswein by Einig-Zenzen GmbH & Co. KG

My favorite wine happens to be a sweet, rich and fruity Riesling, so it was my pleasure to attend the Riesling & Co. 2009 World Tour at the Tribeca Rooftop on June 10, 2009. The Riesling tasting showcased world-class winemakers from Germany, Austria and Alsace. The Tribeca Rooftop also catered the event, offering sushi, dumplings, fried rolls, noodles and salad to attendees. Right after the wine trade/media tasting from 1-5pm, there was also a consumer tasting that took place from 6-9pm.

With the limited amount of time I had, arriving late in the afternoon, I went through 24 tables in one hour. There were 31 tables and producers total. The tasting book listing all producers by region and table number with floor plan was very helpful. I learned that I prefer Rieslings between 110-160 g/L of sugar.

I took note of my favorite Rieslings including:
1999 Weisser Burgunder (Pinot Blanc) Icewine by Winzergenossenschaft Britzingen eG
2007 Gewurztraminer Auslese by Weingut Markgraf von Baden
2005 Riesling Beerenauslese by Reh Kendermann GmbH Weinkellerei
2007 Eiswein by Einig-Zenzen GmbH & Co. KG
Rudolf Muller 2007 Eiswein by Zimmermann-Graeff & Muller
Weingut Dreissigacker, Rheinhessen: 2005 Rieslaner Auslese by Wineconsale GmbH
2007 Riesling Eiswein, by Weingut Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler

Germany happens to be home to more than 60% of the world’s Riesling vineyards. Wines of Germany and the European Union (EU) are conducting a three-year joint campaign, “Destination Riesling,” to market and increase awareness for European Riesling among U.S. consumers.

The Riesling & Co. World Tour 2009 started in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 22, 2009, and ends in Amsterdam, Netherlands on September 21, 2009

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