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Wine Focus for February: German(ic) Riesling

Postby David M. Bueker » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:26 pm

We're having so much fun talking about the labels, why not drink the wines?

RG edit: German Riesling it is, with room for Alsace and maybe Austria, too.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Robin Garr » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:42 pm

Great plan! Focus on the wines AND the labels, for that matter.

Plus, I know I have a semi-blind spot when it comes to Riesling (and most other high-aromatic wines), and I'm always ready for a good opportunity to try to recalibrate.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Lars Carlberg » Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:07 pm

Besides, Rieslingfeier begins in NYC on February 15 and 16. Stephen Bitterolf, who organized this two-day event, posted this write-up on my site yesterday. http://www.larscarlberg.com/rieslingfeier/

Last week, I also came across a nice article on Rieslingfeier by Salil. http://www.terroirist.com/2013/01/riesl ... or-summer/
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:56 pm

You can always count me in when discussing this noble grape. :D
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby David M. Bueker » Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:29 pm

Hopefully Salil will post some notes from the event(s). Sadly, work commitments prevented me from signing up.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Salil » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:50 pm

Totally hyped for the Rieslingfeier events.

Lars, will you be attending either of the dinners, or the tasting with David Schildknecht on the Saturday morning?
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby JC (NC) » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:01 pm

My recent Riesling purchases have been 2009 and 2010 vintage. Are the 2010s going to be too acidic to enjoy now? I look forward to trying some German Riesling next month.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Tim York » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:14 pm

Not much discussion about this :shock: I love Riesling but......
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Lars Carlberg » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:22 pm

Salil, I'll be attending the BYOB Rouge Tomate dinner. Unfortunately, I can't afford Eleven Madison Park. David Schildknecht would like for me to come to his seminar on Saturday. I, however, don't want to take up seats from others who would like to attend. If I do go, I'll stand in the back. Otherwise, I plan to do the Riesling crawl, or at least the tasting events at Crush and Chambers Street Wines. As you probably know, I'll be pouring Hofgut Falkenstein on Friday. It should be fun, as a couple of growers will be in the crowd to taste and there will be some suprise back-vintage bottles from a special guest. In addition, John Ritchie has saved one of the sold-out 2011 Spätburgunders for tasting.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby David M. Bueker » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:24 pm

Tim York wrote:Not much discussion about this :shock: I love Riesling but......


Yeah...I understand. Just thought to capitalize on the other thread. If you have a good idea for March I am all ears!
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Rahsaan » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:26 pm

All German whites.

We know Bill would love it.

And I have some Weissburgunder from the Pfalz waiting to be opened.

(Of course I'd be willing to wager that 95% of the posts would still be about riesling).
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Salil » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:26 pm

Well, I'll look forward to catching up over a few glasses at Rouge Tomate, and/or seeing you at the crawl.

Depending on my Friday schedule and when the EMP dinner starts, I'll see if I can briefly drop by CSW for the tasting.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Lars Carlberg » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:40 pm

Salil, if we don't see each other on Friday, we'll see each other at the crawl and Rouge Tomate. Some of the guests for the EMP dinner will be at CSW, as well.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Tom N. » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:18 am

I am all for this theme. Riesling for Germaniacs :mrgreen: !
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby David Lole » Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:13 pm

I'm in.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Tim York » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:01 am

I hope that I will be allowed to post on some Alsatian Riesling. After all Alsace was part of Germany for brief period in my lifetime from 1940 to 1944 :(, as well as earlier from 1871 to 1918, and a Germanic dialect is still extant there.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby David M. Bueker » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:33 am

I think we can allow Alsace to invade Germany. Turnabout is fair play and all that. :wink:
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:52 pm

Yeah, nice to compare.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:06 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:I think we can allow Alsace to invade Germany. Turnabout is fair play and all that. :wink:

I would agree with that, but I know I'm going to be careful how I phrase this. Memories of two wars and maybe three or four go back a long way. :cry:
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:06 pm

All you can hope for is that no-one in Alsace will tune in to our new Focus. :lol: Then we will be in real trouble.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Clint Hall » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:08 pm

I like David's idea of adding Alsace, Rieslings only I presume.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Clint Hall » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:20 pm

A second thought, or question. How about Austria, the only other country whose Rieslings have much in common with Germany's?
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby David M. Bueker » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:32 pm

Well we've always been open about "close cousins" in Wine Focus, so feel free to go for it, but the focus is really on Germany.
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Re: German Riesling for February Wine Focus?

Postby Salil » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:24 pm

February for German Riesling, March for Austrian wine? :twisted:
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