Monday, October 16, 2017

Announcement: Germany, Burgundy and Alsace - 3 Tastings led by Annette Schiller of ombiasy PR and WineTours at the National Conference of the American Wine Society (AWS) in Pennsylvania on November 2 - 5, 2017

Picture: 2017 American Wine Society Annual Meetings in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania on November 2 - 5, 2017

Annette Schiller, President of ombiasy PR and WineTours and member of the American Wine Society, will lead 3 wine tastings - Germany, Burgundy and Alsace - at the forthcoming Annual Meetings of the American Wine Society. In addition, Annette and Christian Schiller will pour a selection of German wines at the Showcase of Wines event during the second evening.

The tastings are sponsored by ombiasy WineTours and the wine producers whose wines are being presented or their US importers.

The 2017 American Wine Society Annual Meetings will take place at the Kalahari in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania on November 2 - 5, 2017.

More than 800 members from all over the USA are coming to this 3-day event, filled with tastings, seminars and presentations.

Pictures: Peter Mondavi Jr. at the ombiasy WineTours Booth during the 2016 Amrican Wine Society National Meetings in California. See: The 2016 American Wine Society National Conference in California, USA: Seen Through Christian Schiller's Camera Lens

The American Wine Society

The American Wine Society was founded in 1967 as a non-profit, educational, consumer-oriented organization for those interested in learning more about all aspects of wine. On October 7, 1967, around 200 grape growers, home winemakers, and wine lovers gathered at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s vineyard on Keuka Lake near Hammondsport, NY for the AWS’ initial meeting.

In December of the same year, the thirteen charter members, led by Founder Dr. Konstantin Frank, met to determine the organization structure of AWS and elect officers. Now in its 49th year, the American Wine Society is the largest consumer based wine education organization in North America. Membership is open to anyone interested in wine and over 21 years of age.

In the early days, AWS members were located primarily in the eastern part of the country. As the society grew , we established chapters throughout the eastern U.S., then into the south and Midwest, and finally into western states. Today, the American Wine Society has over 5,000 members in 45 states and 120 chapters across the U.S.

Each November the Society hosts hosts a three-day national conference with two full days of educational seminars, nearly 49 to choose from. Winery owners, wine educators, and renowned wine makers are selected to present sessions during this national event. In addition, a program educating members to become AWS certified wine judges is conducted on the day preceding the seminars.

Annette Schiller's Presentations at the 2017 American Wine Society Annual Meetings in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania on November 2 - 5, 2017

A Journey through the Vineyards of Alsace

Friday November 3
9am - 10:15am

Presenter:
Annette Schiller, Owner, Ombiasy PR & Wine Tours

Picture: Annette and Christian Schiller and Steven Kent with Hubert Trimbach at Maison Trimbach in 2014. See: At Maison Trimbach in Alsace with Hubert Trimbach – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Picture: Tasting with Jean Frederic Hugel at Maison Hugel in Riquewihr during the 2017 Germany-South and Alsace Tour by ombiasy WineTours

Alsace, where the vineyards are concentrated in a narrow strip between the Vosges Mountains in the west and the Rhine River in the east, is one of the most picturesque wineregion on the planet. As we travel from south to north along the Alsatian wine trail we learn about the app ellations, the predominant grape varietals, the many different terroirs, and the history. History has an important influence on the style of the Alsatian wines, since nationality has passed from Germany to France and vice versa several times throughout the centuries, and each country left its mark.

Annette will pour 6 wines.

Crément d’Alsace: Dirler-Cadé
Jülg: Muscat
Hugel: Gentil
Trimbach: Pinot Gris « Réserve »
Hugel: Gewürztraminer Grosse Laüe
Trimbach: Riesling 2009 « Cuvée Frédéric Emile »

German Wines in the 21st Century

Friday November 3
2:30pm - 3:45pm

Presenter:
Annette Schiller, Owner, Ombiasy PR & Wine Tours

Picture: Horst Sauer, Weingut Horst Sauer. See: Vinyard Tour, Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Horst Sauer in Eschendorf, Franken, with Horst Sauer – Germany-East Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Picture: Annette Schiller and Uwe Lützkendorf. See also: Tasting at Weingut Lützkendorf with Uwe Lützkendorf – Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

This presentation will show the shift from sweet to dry white wines, and from white to red wines due to climate change, and the profound knowledge of the new generation of vineyard managers and cellar masters. Another shift can be observed in determining the quality of the wine, from sugar content at point of harvest to the terroir principle. Since 2012 the VDP (Association of Premium German Wine Estates) has implemented a four-tier system that is based on the principle that the vineyard site is the quality criterion. The goal is to enhance the value of Germany’s finest vineyard sites as an integral part of a unique viticultural landscape.

Annette will pour 6 wines.

RED

Pinot Noir, August Kessler, Rheingau
Lemberger, Estate, Haidle, Württemberg

WHITE

Riesling, Gutswein, von Hövel, Mosel
Silvaner, Eschendorfer Lump, Ortswein, Horst Sauer, Franken
Grauburgunder, Erste Lage, Dr. Heger, Baden
Weissburgunder, GG, Lützkendorf, Saale-Unstrut

Burgundy: What makes it so special?

Thursday November 4
11:00am - 12:15pm

Presenter:
Annette Schiller, Owner, Ombiasy PR & Wine Tours

Picture: Annette Schiller in Gevry-Chambertin. See: Burgundy (and Champagne) 2016 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: From Lyon to Reims - Wine, Food, Culture and History

Picture: Annette Schiller and Jean Michel Gillon. See: Tasting at Domaine Jean Michel Guillon in Gevrey-Chambertin with Jean Michel Guillon – Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), France

Picture: Christian Schiller and Jean­-Marc Brocard at Domaine Brocard in Préhy. See: Wine Pairing Lunch, Cellar Visit, Vineyard Tour and Tasting at Domaine Jean­ Marc Brocard in Préhy, Chablis – Bourgogne (and Champagne) Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Burgundy is one of the world’s best-known wine regions, but perhaps one of the least understood. Burgundy is the most terroir-oriented region in France. Immense attention is paid to the area of origin with a specific vineyard or region bearing a given classification, regardless of the owner or producer. This presentation will explore the five core appellations, the importance of history for wine making in Burgundy, and the superior position of the Grand Cru white and red wines of Burgundy in the world of wine.

Annette will pour 6 wines.

WHITE

Chablis: Brocard
Mâconnais: Pouilly Vinzelles 2015, Drouhin

RED

Beaujolais: Maison Roche de Bellene, Coteaux Bourguignons “Cuvée Terroir”
Côte Chalonnaise: Mercurey, Faiveley
Côte de Beaune: Volnay Preminer Cru, Nicolas Rossignol
Côte de Nuits: Jean Michel Guillon

Showcase of Wines

Friday November 3 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Annette and Christian will pour a selection of German wines sponsored by Loosen Bros. USA, the importer of Dr. Loosen, Robert Weil, Maximin Grünhaus, Fritz Haag, Philipp Wittmann and Wolf. 

Picture: Annette Schiller, Christian Schiller and Ernst Loosen in Washington DC. See also: Wine Tasting at Weingut Dr. Loosen in Bernkastel-Kues, Mosel – Germany-North by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Annette Schiller's Presentations at the 2016 American Wine Society Annual Meetings in California

The 2016 American Wine Society National Conference in California, USA: Seen Through Christian Schiller's Camera Lens

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The Insider’s View of Charles Krug Winery - Peter Mondavi Jr., Co-Proprietor, Charles Krug Winery

Château Climens, Premier Cru Barsac and Savory Dishes…who knew? - Bérénice Lurton, Owner of Château Climens and Tony Lawrence, Global Food & Wine Pairing Specialist 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Winemaking in the Venetian Lagoon: Orto di Venezia, with Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze, Italy

Picture: Annette Schiller, Orto di Venezia Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze and Christian Schiller

As part of the 2017 Annual Meetings of the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) I toured for a day the Venetian Lagoon, with Annette Schiller.

Venice is among the world's most urban cities: a crowded aggregate of houses, palazzi, churches, squares, and other manmade structures, with few public green spaces to relieve a landscape dominated by stone, brick, and stuccoed walls. What most visitors don't realize is that Venice is surrounded by one of the most ecologically rich bodies of water in the Mediterranean: the Laguna Veneta, or Venetian Lagoon.

At the center of the tour of the Venetian Lagoon was a visit of and wine tasting at Orto di Venezia, the only winery in Venice, located in a shabby-chic farm house on the quiet San Erasmo Island.

Pictures: Venetian Lagoon

Touring the Venetian Lagoon

We started the boat trip at the Tronchetto terminal. Our boat took us first to San Erasmo Island, where we visited and had a wine tasting at Orto di Venezia. From there, the boat took us to Torcello (30 min.),a small island in the northern area of the Venice Lagoon. We had lunch at Restaurant “Trono di Attila” on Torcello island and visited the vineyards of “Consorzio Vini Venezia” on Torcello island. The boat trip back to Piazza San Marco took an hour. Annette and I spent the evening in Venice and took a train back to Padua.

Pictures: Touring the Venetian Lagoon

At Orto di Venezia with Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze  

Orto di Venezia, the only winery in Venice, is located in a shabby-chic farm house on the quiet island of Sant’Erasmo, where the vineyards are naturally grown thanks to the favourable Lagoon’s climate and rich terroir. Orto, a unique 5-year-aged white wine, has been created by Michel Thoulouze, a French businessman who, after getting into the international limelight with the foundation of various television channels, including famous Canal Plus, fell in love with Venice and decide to settle down there.

Pictures: Orto di Venezia

Here is more information on Orto di Venezia by  Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze (Website):

The island of San Erasmo in the lagoon has been supplying fresh vegetables to the market in Venice for centuries. The San Erasmo artichokes are renowned throughout Italy. In the 16th Century the island was covered with vineyards.

Michel Thoulouze decided to relaunch wine production on the island using the traditional methods of the local farmers and the expertise of Claude Bourguignon and Alain Graillot whose Crozes Ermitage wines have a worldwide reputation. The resulting wine, ORTO, has all the character of this special island and it is the only wine cultivated within the territorial boundaries of Venice.

The earth:
  • the ancestral drainage system on the island was renovated. Rainwater collects in canals that cross the vineyard and the water is evacuated by opening sluice gates at low tide.
  • before planting the first vines, the ground was prepared only with plants (barley, radish).
  • the vines were planted by direct seeding without any ploughing following the principles of Claude Bourguignon.
  • and of course, never any weedkiller.
The wine :
  • an assembly of antique Italian grape varieties with a dominance of the Istrien Malvoisie.
  • in order to revive the flavour of wines in the past, before the philoxera epidemic, the vines were not grafted onto roots imported from America but planted directly. This is one of the reasons for ORTO's exceptional quality.
  • the wine is not aged in barrels which would give it a "woody" taste: ORTO is a wine to quench your thirst.
  • ORTO is a white wine with a high mineral content and a flavour which reflects its terroir. It can be drunk on all occasions but it is especially suited to the produce of the Venice lagoon: fish, seafood, artichokes and asparagus.
Pictures: Tasting at Orto di Venezia with Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze

Financial Times on Orto di Venezia (June 6 2014)

First stop on our journey by boat through Venice's lagoon was to Sant'Erasmo, famous for the castraure artichokes, whose brief season our visit coincided with, and also increasingly for French ex-pat Michel Thoulouze's 4.5-hectare Orto vineyard, the first viticultural endeavour in the region since the floods of 1966.

Planting vines in the heavily saline soils of a flood-prone island is no less barmy than building a city-state on a network of marshy sand banks – so where better than Venice to blaze a trail. Through the auspices of his winemaker friend Alain Graillot of Crozes Hermitage, Thoulouze was able to get oenologists Claude and Lydia Bourguignon to examine his land. With clay and limestone-rich subsoil plus sedimentary rock washed down from the snow-capped Dolomites to the north, as well as salty breezes that act as a natural pest repellent, it appeared that the island was more suited to wine production than imagined.

However, it then took a lot of work: wall-building, drainage-channel dredging, and planting ungrafted Malvasia Istriana and Vermentino, two Italian varieties that traditionally perform well in coastal regions. In combination, the grapes give a wine of body, firm acidity and aromatic freshness and – with the addition of Fiano, seen more often in the volcanic soils of Avellino in Campania – structure and an intense minerality.

Pictures: In Venice

The wines are allowed to ferment out their sugars naturally (2010 was 12.5%, the hotter 2011 was 13.9%), see no oak of any kind and, using the resources to hand, magnums are aged in boats sunk in the lagoon – an excellent cellar.

We tried 2010 and 2008, the latter with a broader, oilier mouth-feel, the former showing a vitality and refreshing bitterness on the finish. Thoulouze is justifiably proud of his pioneering endeavours, but a 17th-century map of the region describing his land as "Il Vitigno Nobiluomo" (the nobleman's vineyard), suggests he was building on firmer foundations than La Serenissima itself.

Continuing our journey, we passed Isola San Francesco del Deserto, whose sole denizens were the seven monks who lived in the monastery, apparently all with characters much like the dwarves of the same number (one was even called Padre Felice - Happy) and perhaps a spritz to match (see the seven Venetian spritzes I wrote about in post one).  Anchoring at Torcello, where one of Venice's oldest religious edifices, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, was sacked by marauding Goths and rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries, we got our first glimpse of ancient Dorana vines in the courtyard – less than a third of a hectare, tended by Venissa's team, and the inspiration for their remarkable project.

Pictures: Founder and Owner of wine-searcher.com Martin Brown, Annette Schiller and Orto di Venezia by  Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze

The AAWE

The AAWE is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to encouraging and communicating economic research and analyses and exchanging ideas in wine economics. The Association’s principal activities include publishing a refereed journal — The Journal of Wine Economics — and staging scholarly conferences that are forums for current wine related economic research. Members of AAWE are economists from around the world — in academia, business, government, and research.

I have published 4 book reviews in the Journal of Wine Economics in the past few years:

Book Review by Christian Schiller in Journal of Wine Economics (Vol 11, No 3): MARK E. RICARDO: Simply Burgundy: A Practical Guide to Understanding the Wines of Burgundy. Mark E. Ricardo Book, 2014, 56 pp., ISBN 978-0990513704 Q4 (paperback), $12.99

Book Review by Christian Schiller in Journal of Wine Economics (Vol 11, No 2): JOHN WINTHROP HAEGER: Riesling Rediscovered: Bold, Bright and Dry. University of California Press, Oakland, 2016, 369 pp., ISBN 978-0-520-27545-4, $39.95

Book Review of "Wine Atlas of Germany" in Vol 10, No 1, 2015 of Journal of Wine Economics (Cambridge University Press)

Christian G.E. Schiller's Review of the Book: Ralf Frenzel (ed.) - Riesling, Robert Weil. Tre Torri, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2013, in: Journal of Wine Economics, Volume 9, 2014, No. 1, Cambridge University Press

This year's Annual Meetings took place in Padua, half an hour by train from Venice, in the Veneto Wine Region. The program focussed on the presentation of research papers by participants and also included a tour of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Region and a tour of the Venetian Lagoo.

Pictures: At the Annual Meetings of the American Association of Wine Economists in Padua, Italy (2017)

I am preparing 4 postings:

Venice, Padua and the Wines of Veneto: Annual Conference of the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) in Italy, 2017
Visiting the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Region, Italy
Winemaking in the Venetian Lagoon: Orto di Venezia, with Owner/ Winemaker Michel Thoulouze
Schiller's Favorite Wine Bars in Venice

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tour and Tasting at Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Cru Classé de Grave - Bordeaux Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Picture: Annette Schiller at  Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Tour and Tasting at Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Cru Classé de Grave

This year’s tour of the Bordelais started with a big bang. We visited one of the most highly regarded Châteaux. The history of this Château is also closely intertwined with American heritage.

Harvest had just started and we were able to watch the arrival of the Merlot grapes at the winery. Barbara Wiesler-Appert was our host.

Pictures: Tour and Tasting at Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé de Grave

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Château La Mission Haut-Brion was founded in 1533, the same year as the neighboring Château Haut-Brion. In 1607 Château La Mission Haut-Brion was bequeathed to the Congregation of the Mission and became the property of the Roman Catholic Church. Napoleon’s secularization policies made it possible that a family from Louisana purchased the estate in 1815. In 1935 the American Clarence Dillon - also with roots in Louisana - purchased the next door estate Château Haut-Brion and later founded the Domaine Clarence Dillon. In 1983 the Domaine Clarence Dillon purchased Château La Mission Haut-Brion.

Pictures: Tour and Tasting at Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé de Grave

Today Prince Robert of Luxembourg (great-grandson of Clarence Dillion, grandson of C. Douglas Dillon -US Secretary of the Treasury in the 60s-, son of Joan Dillon who married Prince Charles of Luxembourg) is President of Domaine Clarence Dillon. General Manager is Jean-Philippe Delmas, 3rd Delmas generation being responsible for the Domaine Clarence Dillon Châteaux.

Château Haut-Brion as well as La Mission Haut-Brion produce red and white wines. 6 times Robert Parker awarded La Mission Haut-Brion 100 Parker points. In 2009 Liv-Ex (the world’s most important wine exchange) reviewed the 1855 classification and recommended that Château Haut-Brion be elevated to Premier Grand Cru Classé, just as Mouton-Rothschild was elevated to this status in 1973.

Pictures: Tour and Tasting at Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé de Grave - Harvesting Merlot

Berry Bros. & Rodd: Château La Mission-Haut-Brion is the greatest Graves wine after Haut-Brion and in some vintages is considered the superior wine of the two. La Mission-Haut-Brion is situated just across the road from Haut-Brion in the commune of Talence in the southern suburbs of Bordeaux. Since 1983, both properties have been under the same ownership, Domaine Clarence Dillon S.A.

Pictures: Tour and Tasting at Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé de Grave - In the Vineyard

La Mission-Haut-Brion's vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 48%, Merlot 45%, Cabernet Franc 7%) lie on a large (up to 18 metres deep in places) gravel bank interspersed with clay. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and then matured in oak barriques (100% new) for 18 months. The wines of La Mission Haut Brion are rich, oaky and powerful and need at least 10 years of bottle ageing before they should be broached.

Pictures: Tour and Tasting at Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé de Grave - In the Cellar

Tasting

2011 Château La Mission-Haut-Brion

wine-searcher: US$311

The production of the 2011 La Mission-Haut-Brion (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc) was a tiny 4,100 cases, compared to 6,000 cases in 2009 and 5,100 cases in 2010. The 2011 is a big, sexy, smoky, classic La Mission displaying lots of road tar, graphite, barbecue, meats, mulberry, black currant and blueberry notes. It is full-bodied with sweet tannin as well as an expansive, fleshy style. The harvest was late in 2011 despite the fact that this micro-climate is one of the warmest and most precocious in all of Bordeaux since it is essentially in the city of Bordeaux. This brilliant wine, one of the vintage-s superstars, should drink reasonably well in 3-4 years and keep for 25 or more.

I can-t say enough good things about the job Jean-Philippe Delmas has done after taking over for his well-known father at La Mission-Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion. As long-time readers know, I am an addict for both of these wines.

Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

Pictures: Tour and Tasting at Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé de Grave - Tasting

2011 Château Haut-Brion

wine-searcher: US$537

Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2011 Haut Brion has always been an excellent Pessac-Léognan, though recent encounters suggest it does not have the potential of the 2012. It has a gentle and caressing bouquet full of copious dark cherry and raspberry fruit, a touch of saddle leather and a seam of dark chocolate emanating from the oak regime, which needs more time to integrate (though it is not an Haut-Brion that is going to demand years and years in bottle). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and feels gentle in the mouth. It is very well balanced, although perhaps the oak comes through too strongly on the finish, when frankly there is no need. Nevertheless, this is a classic Pessac-Léognan - maybe mild mannered and a little conservative compared to more ambitious recent vintages, yet there is no doubting its class and pedigree.

Tasted December 2016. 92/95 Wine Advocate-Parker

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Tour and Tasting at Château Montrose, Appellation Saint-Estèphe, 2ième Grand Cru Classé

Tour, Barrel Tasting and Family Dinner at Château Le Reysse, Vignobles Paeffgen, Appellation Médoc, with Owner/ Winemaker Stefan Paeffgen 

Tour and Tasting at Château Léoville Poyferré, Saint-Julien, 2ième Grand Cru Classé, with Didier and Anne Cuvelier - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Tour and Tasting at Château Pichon-Longueville Baron in Pauillac - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Lunch at Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron with Chef à Domicile Bernadet Damien - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Tour  and Tasting at Château Beychevelle, Appellation Saint-Julien, 4ième Grand Cru Classé, with General Manager Philippe Blanc

Visit and Tasting: Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé – Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), France

Tour and Lunch at Château Malartic-Lagravière, Graves, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé

Tour and Wine Dinner at Château Haut-Bailly, Graves, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France