Here are some more pix from our 2010 Customer Tour. Enjoy! And if these pix inspire you to see the beautiful Mosel Valley for yourself, see “How to Visit Us” on our Facebook page.
MORE FUN CUSTOMER TOUR PIX ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
If you didn’t make it to Riesling Rendezvous 2010 at Chateau Ste. Michelle earlier this month, you can still read all about it.
Here is a selection of articles written by media people who attended. Reading them is like taking a mini-course about Riesling!
WineBusiness.com – All About Riesling
Decanter.com – Global Warming “Boon” for Riesling
Richard Leahy’s Wine Report – Finger Lakes, Michigan, Ontario Rieslings Shine at Riesling Rendezvous
Michigan By the Bottle – North By Northwest
Wine Peeps Blog – Riesling Rendezvous: Ageability of Riesling
Vint-ed – Swirls: Tasting My Way Through the Riesling Rendezvous
The Wine Economist – Riesling’s Rising Tide
Indian Wine Academy – Rendezvous Highlights Riesling’s Past and Future
JancisRobinson.com – Gallo, Constellation Follow the Riesling trend.
WineReviewOnline.com – Riesling: America’s Favorite Wine Grape?
Wine Beer of Washington State – Riesling Rendezvous Grand Tasting Review
Here are some more great pics from our 2010 Customer Tour. Enjoy!
Friday, July 16th
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The BBC recently did a series of stories quoting Ernie Loosen on the worldwide protest to stop construction of a bridge that will threaten the world’s most valuable Riesling vineyards and ruin the entire character of the lovely Mosel Valley.
Please view these stories and add your voice to the protest.
Rescuing the Riesling. (article)
Our National Sales Manager, Brian (“The Harlanator”) Harlan attended the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival on Maui in June. Here’s his report:
The 2010 Kapalua Wine Festival featured a seminar entitled “Wine Idol: The Master Sommelier Challenge”, hosted by Geoff Kruth, MS, of the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, California. Seven Master Sommeliers each selected a wine for the competition. The wines were poured in the order below and each sommelier had up to five minutes to pitch their choice.
* Fred Dame, MS
* Blakesley Chappellet
* Michael Jordan, MS
THE MASTER SOMMELIERS AND THEIR WINE SELECTIONS:
Shayne Bjornholm, MS, Washington State Wine Director
2007 Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Premier Cru “Vaillons”, France
Brian Cronin, MS
2009 Domaine Sigalas Santorini Assyrtikos, Greece
Michael Jordan, MS, Word Vineyards
2006 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir “Rochioli River Block”, RRV
Greg Harrington, MS, Gramercy Cellars
2007 Gramercy Cellars Syrah “John Lewis”, Walla Walla
Emily Wines, MS, Kimpton Restaurant Group
1998 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
Joe Spellman, MS, Justin Winery
2007 Justin ‘Savant’ (Cabernet/Syrah), Paso Robles
Jay Fletcher, MS, Southern W&S of Colorado
2006 Dr. Loosen Erdener Prälat Auslese, Mosel, Germany
Jay Fletcher told the Prälat Bishop story in glorious detail with Michael Jordan urging him on. Jay said: “You want to know why the priest on the label is so happy? He gets to drink Erdener Prälat each and every vintage!”
Several members of the audience commented the Prälat “is the best wine we’ve tasted all weekend.”
The Dr. Loosen Erdener Prälat was awarded First Place. Second Place was the Williams Selyem Pinot Noir.
If you’re not yet familar with our joint venture with Chateau Ste. Michelle, Eroica Riesling, be sure to try a bottle soon.
Here’s what Wine Spectator’s Harvey Steiman had to say about it recently.
“Most recently, I popped a 2005 for guests to drink before dinner and through a first course of spaghetti dressed with asparagus pesto (Mark Bittman’s recipe from a recent New York Times article). Under its top layer of white grapefruit and floral character, the wine showed plenty of minerality, which rose up more prominently against the mild asparagus flavor. 90 points, non-blind. It was a hit.”
Read the rest of the article here.