Invoke the hoo! Our Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling is #13 on Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top 100 Best Buys list!
Hello my friends. Erni Loosen here.
We are in Krefeld (near Cologne) and having a party in a brewery pub “Brauhaus Gleumes” with our friend Nelson Müller.
Gleumes proprietor Patrick Hagen put on the event with Nelson Müller and his team and the wines of Dr. Loosen and Villa Wolf. We enjoyed Dr L Sparkling Riesling, Villa Wolf Pinot Blanc and Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé.Nelson, who is one of the great upcoming chefs of Germany, earned a 1 Michelin Star with his restaurant “Schote” in Essen. Besides being a great chef, Nelson is also a great musician and singer. He claims himself as the ” Soul & Food” chef of Germany. This guy is rockin!!! And he loves Dr. Loosen Riesling!
A report from Loosen Bros. Vice President Kirk Wille on the aftermath of the hailstorm that hit Mosel vineyards about a week ago:
I’m here in Bernkastel, just a few days after the freak hailstorm that hit the Middle Mosel on Friday. Some villages were severely hit, with hailstones as large as tennis balls (not kidding – one weighed in at 800 grams!). There was definitely damage to the grapes in some vineyards, but it was the cars and houses that took the worst beating. See this article in Decanter, which quotes our own Anja Moll.At Dr. Loosen, our vineyards in Bernkastel, Ürzig and Erden suffered no damage. But in Graach and Wehlen there is damage that could cost us about 30% of the crop.
This photo shows you up close a cluster that was hit in the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. You can see the large dimple in the center grape where a hailstone hit (they were only as big as golf balls here).
Aside from the loss of the damaged grapes, the risk now is that these grapes are more susceptible to botrytis infection, which will quickly spread to the rest of the cluster.It all depends on the weather now. If it stays dry and cool, botrytis will be inhibited and the damaged grapes will dry up and fall away. However, if it gets warm and wet, botrytis will run rampant. We can only wait and see what will happen.
Overall at Dr. Loosen, we’re looking at a 10-15% diminished crop because of the hail. But it’s quite an abundant crop hanging out there, so we’re hopeful that the freakish weather is over and we’ll have good conditions for the harvest, which will start in mid-September, about four weeks earlier than normal.
Heading to Wine Riot Los Angeles, March 25 and 26?
If you’re going to be there (and we’re sure you are, because who in their riot mind would miss it?) be sure to attend our Riesling Rocks! crash course. Here’s the blurb from the Wine Riots site:
Why is Riesling so hot (and so cool)?
All the cool kids are drinking it. Riesling has been the secret, kickass wine revered by winos because it has this incredible depth of flavor. The grape makes wines that span from bone-dry to super sweet and complex. If you’re not a fan, you need to be. Come taste a slew of awesome wines and get yo’ Riesling on!
We’ll be running the seminar FIVE times on the following schedule.
Saturday (March 26) – Room A
Riot 1: 2:00 / 2:30
Riot 2: 8:30 / 9:00 / 9:30
See you there! More info at www.secondglass.com.
Hi everyone. Ernie Loosen here, at The COOK restaurant in the Kerry Hotel in Pudong Shanghai. Isn’t it awesome, the armada of Dr. L Riesling in the Enomatic Decanter System?
Here’s a really great vid of our winemaker, Ernie Loosen, giving a tour of the harvest in the steep Dr. Loosen Mosel Valley vineyards to photographer/ filmmaker Andrea Johnson of Holmes and Johnson Productions.
Be sure to visit Andrea’s beautiful website to see more stunning pics and vids.
On February 24th Janos Restaurant at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa will host a very special dinner featuring Dr. Loosen and J. Christopher wines.Our Export Manager, Matt Giedraitis, will be flying in from Germany to attend the dinner and there’s a rumor afoot that he’ll be bringing with him some of our very rare 1991 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese. Don’t miss it!
Date: February 24
Time: 6 pm
Place: Janos Restaurant, 3770 East Sunrise Drive, on the grounds of the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa.
Cost: $65 per person (tax and gratuity additional)
Space is limited! Call today for reservations 520.615.6100.
Want to read more? Check out this article by Bonnie Lewis in the Tucson Citizen.
Here’s some exciting news for all you Riesling lovers around the world.
In an effort to increase the appreciation of Riesling around the world, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen estate recently spearheaded a coalition of prominent Riesling producers and organizations that will host Riesling events in key Riesling countries around the world on a rotating basis.
Riesling Rendezvous was held in 2007, 2008 and July 2010 in Seattle, Washington, and is the largest Riesling-focused event in the United States. At the most recent Riesling Rendezvous, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Ernie Loosen met with Riesling organizations, including the International Riesling Foundation, VDP-Rheingau (regional branch of the VDP, Association of German Pradikat Wine Estates), Frankland Estate as well as Wines of Germany to come up with a schedule of international Riesling events in the U.S., Germany and Australia every year.
Moving forward, Riesling Rendezvous will take place in Seattle every three years on a rotating basis with the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting, in Australia, and the International Riesling Symposium, in Germany, hosted by the VDP-Rheingau.
“Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen have hosted Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle three times now, and we think it is a natural step to work with other groups to support Riesling events in key Riesling regions around the world,” says Ted Baseler, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates president and CEO. “Each event will have a different perspective based on the host region and organization, which will give Riesling enthusiasts and producers a unique experience each time.”
The International Riesling Foundation (IRF) will serve to support and promote all Riesling events. The IRF is an international organization, representing top producers in the world’s major Riesling-producing countries and regions. The calendar of international Riesling events is available on its website at drinkriesling.com.
“Worldwide, the overall quality of Riesling has improved dramatically in the past 20 years,” says Ernie Loosen, “but we still have a long way to go to get Riesling back to the high regard it held in the early 20th century. We see these three events as the global pillars of an on-going effort to firmly establish the commitment to top quality among producers, to educate and inspire members of the wine trade, and to introduce all levels of wine lovers to this amazing grape.”
Judi Cullam, owner of Frankland Estate, added, “This level of global cooperation for one varietal or wine group has never been seen or achieved before, we believe this will give even more weight to encourage wine lovers to celebrate the diversity and quality of the world’s most exciting white wine. “
“Many treasure Riesling as the world’s most precious white wine varietal,” says Wilhelm Weil of Weingut Robert Weil. “As such, we felt the time has come to hold a symposium in the Rheingau to celebrate Riesling in its German-speaking homelands. We need to move forward together with uncompromising quality standards – from protection of our precious terroirs and vineyard management to cellar technique to marketing measures – to safeguard and further develop Riesling’s current position. The IRS (International Riesling Symposium) would take this road in future together with our friends from the U.S. and Australia as the ‘Riesling Coalition’.”
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING RIESLING EVENTS:
Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting
February 2012, Melbourne, Australia.
Riesling Rendezvous hosted by Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Estate
July 14-16, 2013, Seattle, Washington, USA.
International Riesling Symposium sponsored by VDP
2014 Rheingau, Germany .
International Riesling Foundation
Dr. Loosen Estate
Weingut Robert Weil
Wines of Germany
Learn about Dr. L Riesling from the winemaker himself and enjoy the stunning footage of Mosel Valley vineyards. This is the first in a series, so stay tuned for more in the weeks to follow.