Friday, May 20, 2022

German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) at the Germany Embasssy/ EU Open House, USA/ Germany






Pictures: German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) at the Germany Embasssy/ EU Open House, USA/ Germany

On May 14, 2022 the European Union and its Member State embassies across Washington DC opened their doors to the public for a day of culture, food, music and more. The French and the German embassies teamed up for a joint event at the Embassy of Germany. 

The German Wine Sociery (Washington DC Chapter) gladly accepted the invitation by Astrid Jakobs de Pádua, Minister Counselor, Food and Agriculture, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, to have a table at the event and to present German wine.











Pictures: German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) at the Germany Embasssy/ EU Open House, USA/ Germany

Washington Post: European Union Open House: The European Union’s Open House, which launched in 2007, is the older of the two embassy days in D.C. It operates much the same as Around the World, only with a tighter geographic focus. Each country plays to its cultural strengths: Croatia offers tastes of its wine and talks up its scenic role in “Game of Thrones”; Hungary has a meet-and-greet with vizsla dogs; Finland, ranked as the world’s happiest country, promises to show “the building blocks of a happy, ordinary day in Finland” through nature, food and music. Lines are often longest at France and Germany’s joint celebration, held this year at the German Embassy on Reservoir Road NW, but with the always-popular British Embassy no longer participating, it will be interesting to see which countries attract the most visitors. The smart money is on Ireland, which is opening the ambassador’s residence for tours for the first time, or Sweden, with its rooftop deck on the Georgetown waterfront and exhibits covering women’s economic empowerment and art by Indigenous people. May 14. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. euopenhouse.org. Free.









Pictures: German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) at the Germany Embasssy/ EU Open House, USA/ Germany

Most of the Board of the German Wine Society participated in the EU Open House this year, as well as several other member volunteers, so that we had three people manning our tent for each of the three two-hour shifts. 

We opened 48 bottles of a Dr. Loosen entry level Riesling and served about 2000 paper cups during the day. So, a large part of the several thousand visitors to the German Embassy during the day came by our tent.  Clearly, despite the risk of rain, the EU Open House this year was as popular as ever and demand for our wine was high.

After our summer boat trip, I expect our first event in the early fall could be an Oktober Weinfest at the German Embassy celebrating our Society’s 45th Anniversary.  

If you would like to have more information on the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter), see the web site of  the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter): German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter)

If you are interested in wine trips to Germany, lead by Annette and Christian Schiller, go to: ombiasyPR WineTours

Thanks

Many thanks to Astrid for sharing her table with us.


Pictures: German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter) at the Germany Embasssy/ EU Open House, USA/ Germany

schiller-wine: Related Postings

Instagram Tasting with Kai Schätzel, Weingut Schätzel, Rheinhessen, Germany in Washington DC, USA

Stefan Ress of Weingut Balthasar Ress, Rheingau, Germany and WineBANK Rheingau at WineLAIR Washington DC, USA/ Germany

Announcement: Ombiasy WineTours in 2022 Summer and Fall  

Announcement: 3 Ombiasy Wine Tours in 2022 - Rhône Valley Tour: June 20 - June 29, Germany South - Alsace: July 01 - July 10, Bordeaux: September 20 - September 29 

Christian Schiller`s SCHILLER-WINE Blog on Corking Wines` Top 101 Wine Writers of 2020 List

German Wine Society Capital Chapter Membership Meeting 2022: Carl Willner Re-elected President and Christian Schiller Re-elected Vice-president, USA/ Germany Washington DC Downtown, USA/ Germany

Christian Stahl, Winzerhof Stahl, Franken, Germany back in the USA - Winemaker Dinner at the Schiller Residence in McLean, Northern Virginia

The Wines of Germany: Presentation by Annette Schiller at the German Embassy in Washington DC/ Consular Conference December 2021

All Sorts of Sparklers: How do the Bubbles get into that Bottle - Presentation by Annette Schiller, ombiasy WineTours, at the 2021 American Wine Society National Conference in Atlantic City




Wednesday, May 18, 2022

At the IV. International Riesling Symposium (2022) at Eberbach Abbey - Annette Schiller (in person) and Christian Schiller (online), Rheingau, Germany




Pictures: At the IV. International Riesling Symposium (2022) at Eberbach Abbey - Annette Schiller (in person) and Christian Schiller (online), Rheingau, Germany 

On May 9 and 10, 2022, Riesling experts from around the world - top winemakers, representatives from the trade and restaurant sector, and journalists – gathered at Kloster Eberbach in the Rheingau to celebrate, discuss and taste the arguably most noble white grape in the world - Riesling.

Participation is by invitation only. Unfortunately, this year, I was unable to travel to Germany to attend the International Riesling Symposium for a number of reasons. However, thanks to modern technology, I was able to attend the conference online, sitting in my home in Washington DC. Annette had the privilege of attending the conference in-person. 

I am combining in this posting pictures taken by Annette Schiller in Germany and by Christian Schiller in his home in Washington DC 

The International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau is part of the so-called Riesling Coalition, encompassing 3 major Rieslings events in Germany (International Riesling Symposium), in the US (Riesling Rendezvous) and in Australia (Riesling Downunder). In principle, following this year’s International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau, the Riesling Coalition caravan will travel to Australia next year for the 2023 Riesling Downunder, followed by the Riesling Rendezvous in the US in 2024 and the next International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau in 2025.

In the recent past, however, this schedule was thrown a bit out of line because of covid and also because of a reorganization at the Riesling Rendezvous in the US. While initially, the Riesling Rendezvous took place in Washington State with Chateau Ste. Michelle in the driver seat, the last Riesling Rendezvous took place in the Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York. 

For previous events, in which I participated and wrote about, see: 

At the IV. Internenational Riesling Symposium at Eberbach Abbey in the Rheingau, Germany: Annette Schiller (in person) and Christian Schiller (online)

For the 2017 Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau, see: The III. International Riesling Symposium (2017) in the Rheingau, Germany

For the 2016 Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle, see: 5. Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle, Washington State: Overview

For the 2014 International Riesling Symposium in Germany, see: The 2nd International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau, Germany

For the 2013 Riesling Rendezvous, see: The World of Riesling in Seattle - Fourth Riesling Rendezvous in Washington State, USA

For the 2011 International Riesling Symposium in Germany, see: 1. International Riesling Symposium

 
x


 
Pictures: Annette Schiller, ombiasy WineTours, with Ernst Loosen, Weingut Dr. Loosen, Mosel, Fred Merwarth, Hermann Wiemer Vineyards, Finger Lakes, Paula Sidores, Journalist, Remy Grasser, Domaine Remy Grasser, Alsace, and Hajo Zilliken, Weingut Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken, Mosel
 
Announcement
 
The next International Riesling Symposium (IRS) will be held on 9-10 May 2022 at Kloster Eberbach and the Hochschule Geisenheim University campus. Its central theme will be “Riesling on the Global Market in an Age of Changing Climates and Market Conditions.” The dual focal points of climate and market change are intended to shine the spotlight upon the most urgent variables facing Riesling today.
 
The VDP.Rheingau will proudly host the next edition of this internationally renowned gathering together with its established partners Kloster Eberbach, Buero Medienagenten and the Sommelier Union Deutschland. It is also grateful for the generous support to be provided by Hochschule Geisenheim University and Hawesko Holding AG.
 
In a first for this event, Hawesko Holding will help Geisenheim students — the best and brightest of Germany’s wine future — attend the symposium virtually via a live feed. Given that the IRS is only held every three years, it is a rare chance for the students to take part in the two days of Riesling-centered lectures, discussions and once-in-a-lifetime tastings.
 
The event will see esteemed Riesling producers from across Germany joined by a high-carat pool of international trade journalists, sommeliers and retailers looking to exchange perspectives and experiences about their favorite topic: Riesling. This involvement of the industry’s next generation is a groundbreaking innovation that speaks to the continued presence and future of Riesling in both on and off premise sales.
 







Pictures: At the IV. International Riesling Symposium (2022) at Eberbach Abbey - Annette Schiller (in person) and Christian Schiller (online), Rheingau, Germany

Riesling in the World

There are about 47000 hectares planted with Riesling worldwide. Germany – with 22500 hectares – accounts for about half of the total. The second and third largest Riesling producer are the US (mainly Washington State and Finger Lakes Region) with 4800 hectares and Australia with 4100 hectares. But this is only about 1/10 of the total. Alsace follows with 3500 hectares. Alsace, Ukraine and Austria follow with 3500 hectares, 2700 hectares and 1900 hectares, respectively.

Overall, Riesling is really a niche wine, accounting for less than 1 percent of total wine production in the world - but a very special niche wine.

At the IV. International Riesling Symposium at Eberbach Abbey in the Rheingau, Germany: Annette Schiller (in person) and Christian Schiller (online)  

Monday, May 9, 2022 (Day 1)

9.30 Welcome! Coffee, Fingerfood

10.00 Greetings!
Wilhelm Weil, Thorsten Hermelink, Hawesko, and Prof. Dr. H. R. Schultz

10.30 Speech and Tasting

* Riesling Production in a changing climate – changes in our “Riesling World“ considering aspects of global warming over the past 40 years
Prof. Dr. Hans Reiner Schultz, Hochschule Geisenheim University [combined with a thematic tasting]

13.30 - 15:00 Lunch

15:00 Speech and Tasting

* Riesling Production in a Warm Climate – Viticultural and Oenological Advantages, Drawbacks, and Challenges
Prof. Dr. Markus Keller und Prof. James F. Harbertson, Washington State University [combined with a thematic tasting]

* Understanding New World Riesling
|Stuart Pigott, Journalist and Scriptwriter [Tasting]

18:00 - 19.30 Kloster Eberbach and Steinberg vineyard [guided tours] 





 
Pictures: In the Steinberg Vineyard

19.30 - 23.00 #RIESLINGFOOD + Wine Bar

Impressions of Day 1

Annette Schiller (in person) - Impressions of Day 1:  

International Riesling Symposium in Kloster Eberbach. Great seminars and tastings today. So interesting to look deep into the subject how global warming during the last forty years has effected Riesling production. Kloster Eberbach itself is a gem: a thousand year old abbey founded by Cistercians and a winemaking estate ever since. Such a peaceful environment and the Steinberg vineyard is a “Clos“ completely surrounded by a wall just like some famous vineyards in Burgundy. Gorgeous spring weather! 

 Christian Schiller (online) - Impressions of Day 1:






Pictures: 
Christian Schiller (online) - Impressions of Day 1 

Tuesday, 10 Mai 2022 (Day 2)

9.00 Speech and Discussion

Riesling – A bestseller at the Point-of-Sale? The role of Riesling in on- and off-premise sales in a changeable market

Alexandra Wrann, editor- in-chief Meiningers Sommelier [combined with a thematic tasting]

12.00 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 Speech and Tasting

The making and marketing of aging-worthy Rieslings
|Michael Moosbrugger, Schloss Gobelsburg [combined with a thematic tasting]

16.30 Farewell!

Impressions of Day 2

Annette Schiller (in person) - Impressions of Day 2: 

Another interesting day. The topics centered around the marketing of Rieslings. There were two incredible tastings. Each tasting comprised 25 Riesling of Große Lage (Grand Cru) quality of German, Austrian, and Alsatian wines. All wines were ecologically made and most of them certified. It looks like that in view of climate change and environmental consciousness the ecological approach has become mainstream for the production of top wines. The oldest vintage in the tasting was a 1963 Riesling from Schloss Johannisberg. All wines were phenomenal in their own right and demonstrated the individuality of the Riesling grape. My personal conclusion: Riesling is truly the queen of the white grapes. Top Rieslings are a steal compared to other grape varieties. 

Christian Schiller (online) - Impressions of Day 2




Pictures: Christian Schiller (online) - Impressions of Day 2

schiller-wine: Related Postings

Announcement: Ombiasy WineTours in 2022 Summer and Fall  

Announcement: 3 Ombiasy Wine Tours in 2022 - Rhône Valley Tour: June 20 - June 29, Germany South - Alsace: July 01 - July 10, Bordeaux: September 20 - September 29 

Christian Schiller`s SCHILLER-WINE Blog on Corking Wines` Top 101 Wine Writers of 2020 List

German Wine Society Capital Chapter Membership Meeting 2022: Carl Willner Re-elected President and Christian Schiller Re-elected Vice-president, USA/ Germany Washington DC Downtown, USA/ Germany

Christian Stahl, Winzerhof Stahl, Franken, Germany back in the USA - Winemaker Dinner at the Schiller Residence in McLean, Northern Virginia

The Wines of Germany: Presentation by Annette Schiller at the German Embassy in Washington DC/ Consular Conference December 2021

All Sorts of Sparklers: How do the Bubbles get into that Bottle - Presentation by Annette Schiller, ombiasy WineTours, at the 2021 American Wine Society National Conference in Atlantic City