Back from Teutonia and one of the largest wine show on the planet: Prowein. The event is held in Dusseldorf every year, not a bad city overall, and gathers around 4,000 suppliers and 40,000 trade visitors. It is one of those events where you realize the size of the wine biz and the insane number of suppliers involved in it. Pacific Rim was just a little booth (see above) in an ocean of giant stands – one can only marvel at the amount of money spent in a few days for all those booths and events around the fair. I had a good three days meeting with some of our excellent importers (Finland, U.A.E, Norway, Sweden, Italy to name a few) and had a grand time tasting some of my favorite wines. In my top list lots of German producers (Riesling of course), some great Italians (finding a new love for Sangiovese lately – though still heavily dating Barbera), some california wines I never have the opportunity to taste home (go figure) and so many more I could not get to. Most esoteric wines I have tasted were from Monte Negro (don’t ask the name of the variety).