Sunday, October 1, 2023

First Ever Tasting in the USA: German Wines of Veritable Wines & Estates at wineLAIR DC, with Julia Wolf, Export Manager, and Jesse Becker, US Representative, Washington DC, USA (2023)

Annette Schiller, ombiasy WineTours, and I attended a portfolio tasting of Veritable Wines & Estates (USA) at wineLAIR DC yesterday, with Julia Wolf, Hattenheim, Export Manager, and Jesse Becker, Chicago, US Representative. 
The 10 producers that Julia and Jesse presented were a most interesting mix of well-established VDP producer and lesser known and upcoming "new kid on the block" producers of red and white, still and sparkling, dry and fruity-sweet wines. 
Veritable Wines & Estates (USA) is a brand-new importer of German wines. In fact, this was the very first wine event of Veritable Wines & Estates in the US.
Julia Wolf: Veritable Wines & Estates is a specialized export agency for German wines. Among our partners you will find a selection of top, family-operated wines estates from all major German wine regions.
Jesse Becker: Veritable Wines & Estates provides importers and merchants abroad the opportunity to access a multitude of outstanding German Wines & Estates from a single source. Our mission is to create the optimal link between producers and international distribution, providing our customers innovative solutions tailored to their specific needs and world markets. We operate with passion and flexibility in America, Asia, Europe and Oceania representing our favorite wines and brands from the most charming German wine-growing regions.
Veritable Wines and Estates is owned by Christian Ress (and partners), the fifth-generation owner of Weingut Balthasar Ress, Hattenheim, a German elite estate. Julia Wolf, Veritable Wines & Estates, Export Manager, based in Hattenheim, is the "CEO" of Veritable Wines & Estates (USA). Jesse Becker, based in Chicago, is the US representative of Veritable Wines & Estates. Jesse Becker is a certified Master Sommelier. He is also one of the about 20 new (class of 2023) "German Wine Professional" (a 2-year course organized by the German Wine Institute in Mainz/ Germany).

The Wines
The following wines were poured.

Ress Family, Rheinhessen

RESS Riesling trocken 2022 
RESS Pinot Noir Rose 2022 
RESS Weissburgunder trocken 2022 
WHITE RABBIT RIesling 2021 

Weingut Balthasar Ress, VDP, Rheingau
Balthasar Ress Riesling PetNat 2022
Balthasar Ress Riesling Von Unserm 2022
Balthasar Ress Riesling Oestricher Dooseberg Kabinett 2022
Balthasar Ress Pinot Noir Rheingau 2022

Picture: Intimite Wine Dinner at Winelair Washington, D.C., with WineLAIR Owner Fred Ellemann and his Family, Christian Ress of Weingut Balthasar Ress in the Rheingau and "Father" of the International WineBANK/ WineLAIR Network and WineLAIR General Manager and Chef Jonathan Krinn, formerly Clarity Restaurant and 2941 Restaurant, Washington D.C./ USA/ Germany

Pictures: 2015 Harvest at Weingut Balthasar Ress. See: At Weingut Balthasar Ress in Hattenheim, Rheingau, during the 2015 Harvest with Winemaker Dirk Würtz, Germany 
 Picture: Christian Schiller with Christian Ress in Berlin in 2010. See: Germany's Grosses Gewaechs Wines - Premiere 2010 in Berlin 
Weingut Burg Ravensberg, VDP, Baden
Burg Ravensburg Lerchenberg Blaufrankisch 2020 
Burg Ravensburg Riesling Sulzfeld 2022 
Weingut Heitlinger, VDP, Baden
Heitlinger Pinot Gris 2022 
Heitlinger Eichelberg GG Pinot Blanc 2019 
Heitlinger Pinot Meunier Reserve 2017


Pictures: Winemaker Dinner at Hotel Erbprinz in Ettlingen, with Claus Burmeister, Weingut Heitlinger and Weingut Burg Ravensburg, Baden, Germany
Weingut Gröhl, Rheinhessen
Grohl Riesling Roter Hang 2022 
Grohl Spatburgunder 2021
Weingut Korrell, Nahe
Korrell Riesling trocken Nahe 2022 
Korrell Riesling Von den Ersten Lagen Nahe 2022
Weingut Schwedhelm, Pfalz
Schwedhelm Scheurebe 2022 
Schwedhelm Riesling Schwarzer Herrgott 2021 
Weingut Von Othegraven, VDP, Mosel
Von Othegraven Riesling Kabinett Feinherb 2022 
Von Othegraven Riesling Kupp Kabinett 2021

Pictures: Annette Schiller, Christian Ress and Gunther Jauch. See: A Riesling Feast in an Historic Setting: Riesling Gala 2016 at Kloster Eberbach in the Rheingau, Germany
Strauch Sekt, Rheinhessen
Strauch Brut Rose NV
Strauch Vieilles Vignes Riesling Brut

Pictures:  Ultra-premium Sekt: "Rohkost 2023" with 28 German Elite Producers of Sparkling Wine, Bensheim, Germany 
Weingut Thoerle, Rheinhessen
Thoerle Silvaner Saulheim 2022
Thoerle Riesling Schlossberg Kabunett 2022
Thoerle Spätburgunder 2020

Pictures: Visiting #worldclass Producers Christoph and Johannes Thoerle of Weingut Thoerle in Rheinhessen/ Germany (2023) 
Pouring German Wines of Veritable Wines & Estates at the Forthcoming American Wine Society National Convention 2023 in St. Louis, Missouri

Annette and I will pour 6 wines of the Veritable Wines & Estates (USA) portfolio at the "Showcase of Wine" event of the American Wines Society National Convention 2023 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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