Monday, August 8, 2022

Upcoming: Total Immersion in Bordeaux: World Class Wines and Exquisite French Gourmet Cuisine - Bordeaux Tour 2022 by ombiasy WineTours, France - One Room Available (Single/ Double)

Pictures: The 2019 Group at Château Canon-La-Gaffelière, Appellation Saint-Émilion, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, with Proprietor Count Stephan von Neipperg, at Château Bouscaut, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Cru Classé de Graves, with Owner Sophie Cogombles-Lurton and her Husband Laurent Cogombles and at Château Lafite-Rothschild, Appellation Pauillac, 1ière Grand Cru Class.

Dear wine friends,

It is just six weeks until the wine tour to the Bordeaux wine region starts. 

Hotel reservations for these tours need to be made well in advance - more than 6 months earlier. Since I never know how many singles and how many couples join the tours I always reserve enough rooms to accommodate every possibility. 

At this point I have one room left (single or double occupancy). I do have to cancel this room by August 17th to avoid penalty charges.

I would like to let my wine friends know about this fantastic tour. There might be someone out there who would like to jump on the unexpected opportunity to explore the Bordeaux wine region at the end of September. 

The tour starts in Bordeaux city. Our first day takes us to Château Haut-Bailly in the Graves region where we can look at the brand new chai finished during the Covid years, and to a merchant house where we learn about the system of the “place de Bordeaux”. After the first day, we move around to get the feel for the different subregions of Bordeaux. We stay two nights in breathtakingly beautiful Saint-Emilion, then visit a Château in the Entre-Deux-Mers region where the owner/winemaker - Marc Lurton - will giver us a thorough lecture on winemaking in Bordeaux; we head across the Garonne river to explore Sauterne, and go back to Bordeaux city for Friday and Saturday night. The Saturday we will spend in Puisseguin Saint-Émilion, one of the Saint-Émilion satellite regions, with a winemaker family and learn about biodynamic winemaking. Sunday we head out to the Bassin d’Arcachon where we learn about oyster breeding and harvesting, and of course we will have an oyster feast with some crisp Bordeaux white wines. After that we spend three nights in the Médoc area to explore Saint-Éstèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, and Margaux. We will have three exceptional wine pairing lunches and dinners at famous Châteaux with the owners/winemakers/general managers, and will also visit a barrel production facility to learn how important it is to produce the right barrel with the right wood, and correct toasting to perfectly age the Bordeaux wine.

Don’t hesitate to call me at my US cell phone (I am currently home in McLean, VA) or send me an email with all questions who may have. If you are interested in the tour, I will send you the updated itinerary for the 2022 tour.

To sign up, and to register, simply go to the following website:  https://ombiasypr.com/index.php/wine-tours/bordeaux/bordeaux-registration

Cheers
Annette

Wine Tours - Wine Events - Wine Education
Annette Schiller, Diplom-Volkswirt
Washington DC - Frankfurt am Main
USA: +1 703 459 7513
GER: +49 -177 337 0281

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Invitation: Annual Riesling Party 2022 at the Schiller Residence in Washington DC, USA

Pictures: Annual Riesling Party at the Schiller Residence in Washington DC, USA (2019)

Dear wine friends,

Good news! Many of you enquired about our yearly Riesling Party, which we have been unable to hold for the past two years due to the pandemic. 

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to this year’s Riesling Party at our home in McLean, VA.

Covid has not disappeared but we all have been vaccinated, or had Covid, and the current strain is much less harmful than the first strains. Besides: the event is outside!
 
We expect you to be vaccinated and boosted and free of any symptoms.

Please join us for the Riesling Party on August 28th at 5 PM at 6404 Woodsong Court, McLean. 

Entrance fee: 1 bottle of Riesling (another grape variety is fine too should you prefer to bring another wine) per person.

You won’t go hungry: I will prepare typical German food.

Christian and I are very much looking forward to sharing some great wines with our wine friends whom we have not seen for a long time!
 
Please RSVP at aschiller@ombiasypr.com or cschiller@schiller-wine.com

Cheers

Annette & Christian

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Washington DC - Frankfurt am Main
USA: +1 703 459 7513
GER: +49 -177 337 0281

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

One Room Available - Forthcoming Germany-South and Alsace Tour by ombiasy WineTours, July 01 - July 10, 2022

Picture: Tasting at Hugel in Riquewihr with Owner Jean Frédéric Hugel. See: Tour and Tasting at Hugel in Riquewhir, Alsace, with Jean Frédéric Hugel - Germany-South and Alsace 2017 Tour by ombiasy WineTours
 
Dear wine friends,
 
It is just four weeks until the wine tour to the Southern German and Alsatian wine regions start. 

Hotel reservations for these tours need to be made well in advance - more than 6 months earlier. Since I never know how many singles and how many couples join the tours I always reserve enough rooms to accommodate every possibility. 

At this point I have one room left (single or double occupancy). I do have to cancel this room by June 8th to avoid penalty charges.

I would like to let my wine friends know about this fantastic tour. This year the tour schedule reads like the Who is Who of the winemaker scene in these regions. The tour starts in Mainz. On the first half day we visit winery Helmut Dönnhoff and winery Wagner-Stempel in the Nahe and Rheinhessen region, then we travel to southern Rheinhessen and all the way south to the border with Alsace where we visit winery Jülg. That day we cross the Rhine river to the Baden area and will spend the night in glamorous Baden-Baden. We visit two wineries in the Ortenau region of Baden and will have lunch in a very cosy Black Forest tavern. We go south to the Kaiserstuhl region and explore Germany's historic Pinot Noir region. We again cross the Rhein river and travel to Alsace. We will spend three full days in this breathtakingly beautiful region, and will visit 7 wineries and eat twice at 1 Michelin starred restaurants. We go back north to the Pfalz wine region, where we visit iconic wineries such as Rebholz and Bürklin-Wolf among others, and end our tour in Mainz where we started.

I attach the entire itinerary for you to browse the program. To sign up, and to register, simply go to the following website:https://ombiasypr.com/index.php/wine-tours/germany-south/germany-south-alsace-registration

Don’t hesitate to call me at my US cell phone (I am currently home in McLean, VA) or send me an email with all questions who may have.

Cheers
Annette

Wine Tours - Wine Events - Wine Education
Annette Schiller, Diplom-Volkswirt
Washington DC - Frankfurt am Main
USA: +1 703 459 7513
GER: +49 -177 337 0281

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

The German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Presented: 2020 German Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, Washington DC, USA

Pictures: The German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Presented: 2020 German Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, Washington DC, USA

On Friday, May 20, 2022, the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) met for its first in-person event of the year (the two previous events were online), our annual New Vintage tasting hosted by Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages. Annette Schiller of ombiasy WineTours was in charge of the food. 
 


 
Pictures: The German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Presented: 2020 German Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, Washington DC, USA
 
The annual “New German Vintage Tasting" of the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) is always a highlight for the German wine aficionados in the Washington DC area. 
 
This year, we were enjoying the wines of 2020, after having done both 2018 and 2019 in the fall of last year when our Society resumed in-person events.
 
The event was very enjoyable, and Phil delivered an informative lecture as always, well paced with enough time for wine drinking and conversation between the segments of his presentation. The discussion was conducted with explanations of the German wine terminology, quite helpful for our newer members and non-members, and there was ample opportunity for questions. All the wines served were Rieslings, and nearly all from the Mosel, with two from the Nahe region.
 





Pictures: The German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Presented: 2020 German Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, Washington DC, USA

In earlier years, the “New German Vintage Tasting" was led by Terry Theise, the famous importer of German wines. In recent years, since Terry moved from the Washington DC area to the Boston arera, Phil Bernstein has led the tasting. He is very entertaining and knowledgeable about German wine. In addition to being the General Manager, he is in charge of German wines at MacArthur Beverages, one of the best German wine retailers in the country.

This year again, we had a good turn-out. Thank you very much Phil for a great event.

In terms of covid rules, we were very strict. Only vaccinated people were allowed to participate and everybody had to show his or her CDC card before entering the venue.



Pictures: The German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Presented: 2020 German Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, Washington DC, USA

Invitation

Every year we host a tasting to try German wines from the new vintage, with a focus on Riesling. Our host is Phil Bernstein, General Manager of MacArthur Beverages, one of the leading retailers of German Riesling in the country. Every year, Phil brings fabulous wines for us to try and this year will definitely be no exception. 

The new vintage is 2020.  Last year we tasted the wines of 2018 and 2019, so this event brings us up to date.  Early reports describe the 2020 wines as: beautiful, elegant, classic. John Gilman writes that some of the 2020s are the best young German Rieslings he has ever tasted.  We will be enjoying 10 German wines from 2020 plus a welcoming sparkling wine, with a variety of Feinherb, GG, Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese.  As those who have attended previous New Vintage events are aware, Phil always chooses a good mix of high-quality producers for us, with both dry wines and sweet wines of various prädikat levels.  There will also be a selection of cheeses, breads or crackers, cold cuts and veggies provided to accompany the tasting. 
 
The Wines
 
First Flight:  Fine Feinherbs

Weiser-Kunstler Riesling Feinherb Mosel
Peter Lauer Barrel X Riesling Feinherb Mosel (Saar)
 

Second Flight:  Glorious GGs from Emrich-Schonleber

Emrich-Schonleber Fruhlingsplatzchen Riesling GG Nahe (96 WA)
Emrich-Schonleber Halenberg Riesling GG Nahe (96 WA)
 

Third Flight:  A Kabinett Duo

Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich (or Domprobst) Riesling Kabinett Mosel (93 WA, 94 JS)
Carl von Schubert Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Mosel
 

Fourth Flight:  A Pair from Prüm

JJ Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Mosel
JJ Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Spätlese
 

Fifth Flight:  Auslese Grand Finale

Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr “Rotlay” Riesling Auslese Mosel (98 JS)
Weiser-Kunstler Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Auslese Mosel (375 ml) 
 

German Wine and the Washington DC Market

The tasting was very well appreciated by the participants of the event. There was no red wine, only white, while red wine now accounts for 1/3 of German wine production. All the wines were Riesling. Except for 2 wines, all wines were fruity-sweet and from the Mosel.  

The selection of Phil met very well with what the large majority of the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) members had expected to be presented at the "New Vintage Tasting" event: Fruity-sweet Riesling from the Mosel, moving up the sweetness level from Kabinett to Spätlese and finally Auslese. 

Thank you very much Phil.
 


 
Pictures: The German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Presented: 2020 German Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, Washington DC, USA 
 
German Wine and ombiasy WineTours of Annette Schiller
 
On her wine tours, Annette covers all 13 German wine regions. The Mosel is part of the Germany North Tour, along with the Rheingau, Mittelrhein, Nahe and the Ahr region. We have visited Weingut Lauer, Weingut Emrich-Schönleber, Weingut Von Schubert, Weingut JJ Prüm and Weingut Seelbach Oster. We have met Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler, owners of Weingut Weiser Künstler, and Christoph Schäfer, owner of Weingut Willi Schäfer, in New York.

Weingut Weiser-Künstler
 



Pictures: Christian Schiller in McLean, Virginia, 
Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler in New York City and Christian Schiller, Stephen Bitterolf, Annette Schiller in New York City. See: A German Riesling Feast in New York City: Rieslingfeier 2016, USA and see: Weingut Weiser-Künstler, Mosel, Zoom Master Class by Stephen Bitterolf, Vom Boden, USA/ Germany
 
Weingut Peter Lauer
 
 
 
Pictures: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Peter Lauer in Ayl, Upper Mosel, Saar Valley, with Katharina Lauer and Peter Lauer - Germany-North Tour 2019 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential Riesling
 
Weingut Emrich-Schönleber

 
Picture: Christian Schiller and Werner Schönleber, Weingut Emrich-Schönleber at the 2013 Riesling Gala at Kloster Eberbach, Germany

 
Pictures: At Weingut Emrich-Schönleber See: Germany-North Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential German Riesling and the Northernmost Pinot Noir
 
Weingut Willi Schäfer

 
Pictures: Christian Schiller, Christoph Schaefer and Annette Schiller. See: Rieslingfeier 2018 in New York City: Gränd Tasting and Gala Dinner   
 
Weingut Maximin Grünhaus Carl von Schubert

 
Picture: Annette Schiller and Carl von Schubert, Maximin Grünhaus, in New York City

 
Picture: Christian Schiller and Carl von Schubert at McArthur Beverages in Washington DC

 

Weingut J.J. Prüm/ Mosel

Picture: Annette Schiller and Manfred Prüm

Picture: Christian Schiller with Katharina Pruem at Wegmans in Virginia. See also: JJ Pruem Goes Supermarket: Meeting Katharina Pruem and Tasting the Incredible JJ Pruem Wines at Wegmans

Pictures: Tasting at the Legendary Weingut J.J. Prüm with Amei Prüm – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016

Pictures: Tasting at Weingut Jos. Jos. Prüm in Bernkastel-Wehlen, Mosel, with Amei Prüm - Germany-North Tour 2019 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential Riesling
 
Weingut Selbach-Oster

 
Picture: Wine Tasting at Weingut Selbach-Oster in Zeltingen, Mosel, with Johannes Selbach. See: Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting at Weingut Selbach-Oster in Zeltingen, Mosel, with Johannes Selbach – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2014)

 
Pictures: Annette Schiller and Johannes Selbach at Rieslingfeier 2018 in New York City: Gränd Tasting and Gala Dinner

Previous Years' “New German Vintage” Tastings of the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter)

For previous years, see: 

The German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Presented: 2019 German Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, Washington DC, USA

The German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Presented: 2017 German Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, Washington DC, USA

The German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Presented: 2016 German Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages, Washington DC, USA

The German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) Presented: 2015 German Vintage Tasting with Phil Bernstein, USA

Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages Presents the new Vintage (2014) to the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter), USA/ Germany

German Riesling - What the American Market Wants: Vintage 2013 Tasting with German Wine Expert Phil Bernstein, MacArthur Beverages, Washington DC

The Annual “New German Vintage” Tasting of the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) led by Phil Bernstein - 2012 Vintage, Germany/USA

German Wine: Tasting with Phil Bernstein of MacArthur Beverages the 2011 Vintage in Washington DC, USA

The 2010 Vintage Tasting of the German Wine Society (Aaron Nix-Gomez)

Phil Bernstein’s Third Annual German Riesling Tasting with the German Wine Society, Washington DC Chapter - Rieslings With a Touch of Sweetness

When Americans Drink German Wine - What They Choose

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