Wines of Germany Celebrated Successful Riesling & Co. Vintage Tastings In San Francisco and New York

Credit: Michael Schemmel

"Born to be Wine" Trade Seminars Wowed Attendees

with Hosts Stuart Pigott & Paul Grieco

Wines of Germany celebrated the success of Riesling & Co. vintage tasting events in San Francisco May10th and New York City May 12th, 2011, as well as special "Born to be Wine" trade seminars in both cities. The tastings, highlighting the 2010 vintage, offered a range of German Riesling, as well as other varietals such as Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) to members of the trade, sommeliers and media.

The San Francisco tasting was held at the St. Regis San Francisco Conservatory and featured 25 exhibitors. One hundred eighty-nine guests were in attendance, including representatives from The San Francisco Chronicle, The Fine Wine Review, and Farallon, Fifth Floor and Chez Panisse restaurants.

On a beautiful spring day in Manhattan, the tour continued in New York City. The 360° event space in Tribeca featured 30 exhibitors to over 250 guests, such as representatives from The New York Times, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, the International Riesling Foundation, and the Spotted Pig, "21" Club, Daniel and Le Cirque restaurants.

Before the tastings, a select group of attendees enjoyed "Born to Be Wine," a seminar which explored young German producers and a flight from the glorious 1971 vintage.  Wine expert and author, Stuart Pigott, lead the seminars in San Francisco and New York. Paul Grieco, partner, general manager and wine director of Hearth restaurant and Terroir Wine Bars, provided additional commentary at the New York seminar.  Attendees tasted through 12 wines, each paired to a different song, courtesy of Stuart and Paul's wide-ranging musical tastes.  From the 2008 Spätburgunder from Shelter Winery in Baden (paired with "Steal Your Love" by Lucinda Williams) to the 1971 Wachenheimer Goldbächel Riesling Auslese from Dr. Bürklin-Wolf in the Pfalz (paired with "Changeling" by Simple Minds), the seminars showcased key developments from leading German winemakers.

The Riesling & Co. events were great opportunities for participating producers to meet wine writers, importers, buyers and sommeliers, as well as view German wine in a new and perhaps, more musical light.

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