Thursday, October 20, 2016

Deutsch am Mittag: Weinland Deutschland - A conversation with Annette Schiller

Discussion (in German) Deutsch am Mittag: Weinland Deutschland

Tue, 10/25/2016
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Goethe-Institut Washington

1990 K Street NW, Suite 03
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)
Washington, DC

In conversation with Annette Schiller

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? All who wish to hear and speak German are invited to bring their lunch to our monthly presentation and discussion. A topic of interest from German culture, history, or contemporary affairs will be presented, in German, by a selected speaker. Discussion on the topic will complete the Mittagstisch.

With approximately 250,000 acres of vineyards, Germany is one of the smallest of the important wine-producing countries – others include Spain, France and Italy – in central Europe. However, viticulture in Germany has a long tradition, tracing its roots back to Roman times 2,000 years ago.

Today there are 13 wine growing regions in Germany. Together, they produce 9.25 mio hectoliter of wine; of that, 4 mio hectoliter is exported to the US. Germany is primarily known in the US for its delicious fruity-sweet and noble-sweet Rieslings. However, 85% of the wines produced in Germany are dry, and the country is also a serious producer of red wine, which comprises 38% of the output. Germany is the world’s leading producer of Riesling and Pinot-Blanc (Weißburgunder), second in the production of Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder), and third for Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder). It also has a long-standing passion of sparkling wine, being the world’s second-largest producer and number one consumer. This presentation will give an overview of the 13 wine regions alongside a tasting of three wines showcasing different signature grape varieties of Germany.

Annette Schiller has been involved in wine since her student days at the University of Mainz, Germany. A macro-economist by training, for many years she organized high-level international conferences for the World Bank. However, wine has always been an important part of Schiller’s life, and she continually educates herself and takes part in tastings to enrich her knowledge. She is often asked to judge wine competitions, and since 2012 she has been organizing in-depth wine tours to Germany and France, the wine countries she knows best.

Beverages and sweets are provided.

Tickets $5/No charge for Friends of the Goethe-Institut.


For more information on this event go to the Goethe-Institut web site.

For more information on other tastings by Annette Schiller in the next few weeks go to: Invitation/ Announcement: 4 US East Coast and West Coast German Wine Tastings with Annette Schiller from ombiasy WineTours Coming up in Late October and Early November, 2016

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