Pacific Rim had the great honor to represent North American Riesling at the Riesling Fellowship event hosted at the German Embassy in London this week. We were the only North American winery to attend along with some of the greatest German Riesling producers (Georg Breuer, Wittmann, Rebholz, Loosen, Selbach-Oster, Egon Muller, JJ Prum, Robert Weil, Donnhoff) and along a few other producers from select countries (Rabl for Austria, Trimbach for Alsace, Pewsey Vale for Australia, Conor Sur for South America, Pegasus Bay for New Zealand). The attendance was very small (55 attendees) and quite impressive (head of wineries attending, press, sommelier, embassy guests…). The event was very organized (you are at the German embassy after all, what should you expect?) with a tasting, a talk about global warming and its impact on Riesling and a dinner.
The tasting was very interesting with 32 wines (we brought along our Wallula Vineyard and Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic). The wines that resonated the most to me that evening were:
- 2003 Cono Sur Vision Bio Bio Valley (Chile) – My first Chilean Riesling, and very very delicious
- 2007 Terra Montosa, Weingut Georg Breuer (Rheingau) – Very nice dryish style
- 2007 Auslese Zeltinger Schlossberg, Weingut Selbach Oster (Mosel) – Zingy and young
- 1997 Spatlese, Kiedrich Grafenberg, Weingut Robert Weil (Rheingau) – Sweet, acid, aged, one of the best wines that night
- 1997 Auslese. Erdener Treppchen, Weingut Dr Loosen (Mosel) – Sl Botrytis, aristocratic, nice
- 1997 Auslese Goldkapsel, Scharzerhof, Weingut Egon Muller (Mosel) – Stole the show, amazing wine
Our wines fared very very well in this company and I had several people come to me to congratulate us on our wines.
After the tasting, we went through a good presentation from Professor Schultz (University of Geisenheim). Seems like the Germans are quite happy about global warming as it is making their wines superb every year. Sounds also like we need to buy some land in Southern England and in Canada folks…
Dinner was very polite with a few speeches. I really loved the voice of the German Ambassador (Herr Boomgaarden, what a great name for an ambassador!) as it was contrasting perfectly with the delicate Riesling we had with dinner. Talking about dinner, can someone give me the recipe for this insane crepinette of veal with tarragon and mushroom? I could not stop eating that dish and had three servings (I stopped because I thought I was getting a bit overboard…). Best of all, the choice of beer or coffee after dinner – very very civilized (I took the beer of course).
Thank you Wines of Germany and the wine institute and of course Herr and Frau Boomgaarden for the evening. It was quite special.