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Parlour Games – The Winery Dinner at Parlour – 7th April
You are invited to The Winery Dinner at Parlour on Monday 7th April at 19.30h/7.30pm.
Energetic Chef-OwnerJesse Dunford Wood is a star. He has worked in some great kitchens in the UK, Australia and the States, including the late, legendary Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago.
Here at Parlour the cuisine is quirky and witty. A boyhood surrounded by comics and comfort food is liberally plundered, providing a rich seam of inspiration. British favourites are reinvented, remixed.
Jesse has put together a four course dinner for the evening. As has become customary at our dinners, we will be starting with bubbly. Starter and main courses will be accompanied by two wines, cheese and dessert by one each.
A Vegetarian option is also available. In Jesse's words, "Veggies are well looked after - don't worry!"
Bring an appetite – portions tend to be generous!
We do hope you will join us for this special, fun evening. Tickets are £70 each and can be booked by calling 020 7286 6475 or via email. Spaces are limited.
Dan, Ben, David and introducing Paul, the latest addition to our team.
NB: This dinner replaces the event at The Quince Tree on 2ndApril trailed in our last tasting invitation. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Parlour, part Pub part Restaurant, is in an unlikely location, tucked in a small street off Chamberlayne Road NW10, close to the Harrow Road and the north end of Ladbroke Grove.
Parlour, 5 Regent Street, Kensal Green, London NW10 5LG
Awin Barratt Siegel hold their annual Masters of Riesling tasting on Thursday 8th May from 10am - 6pm.
A new vintage release tasting of 2013 Riesling & 2012 Pinot Noir from Germany & Austria.
Please note this is an invite only event.
Wines of Germany UK is on the hunt for the Top 50 German Wines. In partnership with Harpers Wine & Spirit, we’ll be recruiting a panel of experts – chaired by leading wine authority Joe Wadsack – to select their top German wines from a comprehensive line-up. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your wines in front of some of the UK’s most influential palates and gain great publicity for your German wine. We therefore invite you to enter your finest German wines for the Top 50 selection tasting. Throughout the year, we’ll be including the successful wines in a number of activities from press drops to consumer and trade tastings, so this is definitely an opportunity not to be missed!
All German producers and UK importers of German wine will be eligible to enter their wines to be considered by the panel. The wines will be divided into three retail price categories – £5-£8, £8-£15, £15+ – and a Seeking Representation category.
The wines within the price categories must have UK availability – 35 of the Top 50 wines will be wines that have UK availability with a further 15 currently unrepresented but seeking representation.
Each wine will be tasted blind by the panel who will only know the vintage and price. All wines will receive a score out of 100. The 50 wines with the highest scores will be the wines chosen as the Top 50 German Wines.
How can you get involved?
If you would like to enter your German wines to be judged by the panel, please download the form below, providing your contact details and information on the wines you would like to submit and return to us by Friday 7th March. Importers may submit up to six different wines for consideration and tasting and only one wine per producer. Please note: producers will be contacted directly for the Seeking Representation category.
Once we have received all submissions, we will be in touch with the next steps in terms of delivery instructions and deadlines. Wines of Germany will require three bottles of each wine selected for the tasting which will take place in early April.
It is free to enter and the only costs incurred at this stage will be the provision and delivery of stock. However if your wine is selected as one of the Top 50, there will be a charge of £85 per wine to go towards media costs, ensuring top coverage is secured with Harpers Wine & Spirit and the wines are given maximum exposure. We will also require a maximum of 12 bottles to be used in other tastings or media drops throughout the year. By registering your wine for the competition, you agree to cover this cost and the supply of samples should your wine be selected for the Top 50.
This tasting and publication will further raise the profile of German wine within the UK wine trade. It is a great reminder to the press and trade of the wonderful diversity of wine styles produced in Germany, at all price points, and will therefore generate an increase in press coverage and ultimately sales of German wine.
If you have any queries about this activity, please don’t hesitate to contact the Germany team on 0207 759 7405.
We look forward to hearing from you and working together on this project.
If you are at ProWein this year, come and chill out with Wines of Germany UK during 'Beer O' Clock' at 5pm on Monday 24th March.
For all those developing and nurturing their wine cellars The WineBarn brings you some of Germany’s finest wines. Wines to savour now that showcase terroir, style and have their own unique characters. A twist on the classic styles loved by all, plus show stopping gems that age beautifully for those extra special occasions.
Tuesday 18th February 2014
The Hall at Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PN
Tuesday 13th March 2014
The OCR at St Catharine’s College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RL
*Please note these are trade events
The annual importer's meeting is a chance for key members of the trade to join together and discuss the German wine market and plans for 2014 and will take place on 5th December 2013.
If you would like further information on the meeting, please contact email@example.com.
Please note this is strictly an invite only event.
After a five year break, The Riesling Fellowship is back on Wednesday 4th December 2013 with a tasting, seminar and dinner to celebrate German Riesling and the industry figures that have been instrumental to its success in the UK.
The evening will include a ‘Tradition and Innovation’ tasting to celebrate both the classic and modern winemaking in Germany today, followed by a reception and gala dinner during which time the inaugural Riesling Fellows will be awarded for their outstanding commitment to German Riesling.
Please note this is strictly an invite only event.
The WineBarn annual exclusive wine tasting on Monday 13th January 2014 at St James Hotel & Club.
Immerse yourself in some of Germany’s finest wines, with their unique character lingering beautifully with every sip you take. Wines that show specific terroir and style are the wines that will keep you thrilled throughout 2014. Personal appearances and first hand knowledge from the actual winemakers will make this an event to remember.
Weingut Friedrich Becker
Weingut Clemens Busch
Weingut Dr Heger
Weingut Franz Keller
Weingut Alexander Laible
Weingut St Urbanshof
*Please note this is an invite only event
Hosted by The German Embassy, the VDP Rheingau is proud to present the international launch of the Rheingau Riesling ‘Großes Gewächs’ from the 2012 vintage, top quality dry Riesling when competing on the global stage.
Neil Phillips aka The Wine Tipster made an appearance at theStratford Food Festival last weekend (14th&15th September) to spread the word about German wine. Neil held a masterclass with a line-up of delicious Riesling and Pinot Noir and visitors were able to taste the wines whilst learning about their suitability to different foods.
Here’s a picture of Neil in action!
This year Wines of Germany sponsored the Food & Travel Reader Awards at The Savoy Hotel. Read all about it over on our blog: http://www.winesofgermany.co.uk/blog/
*Please note this event is now sold out*
German dry wines have arrived. For many years they were not taken seriously abroad, considered to be so mean and acidic that if you lay down after drinking them you had to be turned over every hour to prevent the stomach being burnt through.
Excellent dry wines have long been produced in the southern German regions, most notably the Pfalz, but in others they were more of an afterthought. Now, their popularity in both domestic and export markets means that the best grapes go into the dry wines. New regulations developed by the VDP, the top German producers association, have classified the best wines from each site, and made the labels easier to understand.
For the first time Howard Ripley are showcasing the finest dry Rieslings from Germany, including the following producers:
A. Christmann, Hermann Dönnhoff, Fritz Haag, Heymann-Löwenstein, Klaus Keller, Peter Lauer, Georg Mosbacher, Schloss Lieser, Willi Schaefer, Schäfer-Fröhlich, Van Volxem, Robert Weil
2012 is a superb vintage for dry wines, the best since 2008.Climate change has meant that German Pinot Noir has become increasingly serious, and we will showing the wines of Ziereisen, as hope also to that our two Swiss producers Gantenbein and Studach will particpate.
We hope that you will find the time to join the team in the Queen’s Room, Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT on Thursday 12th September 2013 from 12:00AM - 8:00PM.
2012 NORHEIMER DELLCHEN
2012 NIEDERHÄUSER HERMANNSHÖHLE
2012 BRAUNEBERGER JUFFER
2012 BRAUNEBERGER JUFFER SONNENUHR
2012 KIRCHSPIEL WESTHOFEN
2012 HUBACHER DALSHEIM
2012 KUPP 56 Fass 18
2012 SCHONFELS Fass 11
2012 UNGEHEUER Forst
2012 JESUITENGARTEN Forst
2012 NIEDERBERG HELDEN GG
2012 GRAACHER HIMMELREICH
2012 KIEDRICH GRÄFENBERG
2010 SCHULEN2010 RHINI2010 JASPIS
For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Brough Gurney-Randall from 4pm on Thursday 25th July in a tasting tour of the Mosel region. Taking place at the City of London Club, this is an exciting chance to taste and learn about a variety of superb Rieslings from the Mosel, including vintages back to 1999! Tickets are £20 per person.
Throughout the month of July, Wines of Germany will once again be celebrating the delicious grape variety that is…Riesling! The 31 Days of German Riesling campaign aims to help retailers, restaurants, pubs and online retailers to sell more German wine over the summer.
How the restaurants and retailers decide to promote Riesling is entirely up to them. In past years we have seen in store promotions, quirky promotional videos used on websites, very imaginative use of the 31 Days merchandise and even shops offering tasters of Riesling on the street to passersby!
Our 31 Days website is now up and running and you can find a restaurant or retailer near you who is involved in the campaign here: http://www.31daysofgermanriesling.co.uk/ Why not pop in and see how you can get involved too? Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @WinesofGermany for all the latest updates and to get involved in our #rieslingmoment competition.
As part of The 31 Days of German Riesling, The Winery and Hardy's Brasserie have teamed up to devise a three course menu with each course matched to a different delicious German Riesling.
If you fancy testing the suitability of German Riesling with food, book your tickets today! Find more details here.
This summer, Wines of Germany will be touring England spreading the word about the delicious wines produced in Germany.
We will be visiting a selection of popular consumer festivals, offering quality German wines from our pub garden themed stand. If you fancy enjoying a glass of German wine at ‘The Bunch of Grapes’, then why not head over to the following festivals and come and say hello!
Clapham Foodies Festival 7th – 9th June 2013 – Stand number tbc
Taste of London 20th – 23rd June 2013 – Stand number P5
Bristol Foodies Festival – Stand number tbc
Alternatively, if you’re heading to this year’s Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, don’t forget to sign up to the Wines of Germany wine talk with Neil Phillips aka The Wine Tipster. (Sunday 16th June, 2.30pm).
German Wine Agencies host the Winemaker's Dinner with Markus Schneider.
Please note this is an invite only event.
The German Wine Institute will once again be present at this year's Vinexpo. Alongside the ongoing tasting of wines on the stand, there will be a selection of specific tastings taking place at tasting lab 3.
Click the PDF below for a full list of tastings.
Please note, this is a trade only event.
We are in the process of recruiting for the 31 Days of German Riesling 2013.
Do you work in a restaurant or retailer which sells German wines? If so, why not get involved in our exciting promotion throughout July which aims to spread the word about German Riesling?
Check out the information pack below and get in touch today at email@example.com
This April, Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee will be hosting a four course Indian dinner paired with German wines at The Cinnamon Club in London. The event forms part of Jeannie’s ‘Asian World Tour’ which has seen her visit cities across the globe matching Asian cuisine with German wines.
The menu is looking amazing so if you’re a bit of a dab hand in the kitchen and are looking for new ways to pair up German wines with Asian cuisine, check out our blog in early May where we will post the menu to get you to pass on a bit of Indian culinary inspiration!
(Please note the Perfect Pairing event is trade only)
Saturday, 20 April 2013, from 10am until 1pm
In the Library of the Goethe-Institut London
Course cost: £80 which includes 6 wine glasses to keep and course materials
Registration: +44 20 75964004
After the success of the first ever German wine tasting course in winter 2012, the Goethe-Institut London will be offering four new courses to discover the world of German viticulture. The courses will be open to anybody who is interested in German wines and would like to learn more about it.
All courses will be held in English, so knowledge of the German language will not be required but could be of advantage.
Wine Country Germany!
Held by freelance educator and wine writer Anne Krebiehl, the course will introduce Germany as an important wine producing and wine drinking country with a long history. Topics will including looking at Germany and the wine producing regions as well as the climate, grapes and history. Learn how to taste and smell wine, the difference between taste and flavour and the constituents of wine and learn to read the impenetrable German label.
Enrolment form (pdf, 52KB)
This July, Wines of Germany will be attending Imbibe Live! at Olympia Grand Hall, London to showcase a selection of German wines ranging from Riesling through to Spätburgunder.
Imbibe Live! is the annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks and other related products within the on-trade and is looking to improve their offering and knowledge.
If you work within the on-trade, Imbibe Live! offers a great opportunity to visit a dynamic and engaging exhibition and of course, a chance to taste delicious German wines. See you there!
(Please note that Imbibe Live! is a trade only event)
Following on from the success of the previous Riesling Fellowship, this October Wines of Germany will be inviting members of the trade to embark on a journey of Riesling through the ages.
Taking the form of a tasting, masterclass and dinner, this Riesling dedicated day provides the opportunity to experience Riesling past and present through a whole host of exciting activity.
During the tasting, top of the range Rieslings from well-known and established producers will be on offer. The masterclass will then be held by world-renowned German and international Riesling experts – watch this space to find out who! In the evening, the Fellowship Dinner will focus on the next generation of German wines with a mouthwatering menu matched with a selection of German Riesling wines.
More information to follow soon.
(Please note, this is a trade only event)
See below for your invitation to yet another fantastic tasting at The Winery:
You are invited to our next tasting on Monday 11th March from 17.00-21.00h at our shop in Clifton Road W9.
One of the highlights of our trip to northern Italy a few weeks ago was stumbling across a ridiculously good Barbera d’Asti in a restaurant in Nizza Monferrato in Piedmont. We were in Piedmont to visit the iconic Scarpa winery and were wading through a bottle of their delicious Barbaresco 1999 when we asked the owner if he could recommend something else from his winelist that was in a similarly unreconstructed and old-fashioned vein. He thought for a moment and said “there is just one other wine I can think of - Guasti Clementi”. The following day, after a wonderful tasting at Scarpa, we hotfooted it around to meet Andrea and Alessandro Guasti and to be dazzled by Andrea’s incredibly mobile and expressive hand gestures. And the wines. The good news is that the Barbera in question arrived yesterday and we will be showing it on Monday.
Our latest delivery of Raphael Trouillard’s Cascavel wines arrived on Wednesday. We’ll be opening one of his herbal, warming reds made at the base of the Mont Ventoux.
One of the hits of last summer’s trip to Bordeaux was finding Domaine de Grandmaison in Pessac-Leognan in the suburbs of the city of Bordeaux itself. Mayi and Francois Bouquier of Grandmaison are literally at the edge of the urban sprawl. Houses finish, there’s a sign for Leognan and there are the gates to their Chateau. They make two wines, one red and one white. On Monday we will be tasting both from the latest shipment. Can’t wait!
Dr Ulrich Stein (the Professor, as our colleague Dan calls him) and his brother Peter have a quirky reputation. Uli’s house is like something out of The Munster Family teetering at the top of the slate slopes overlooking the Mosel at Alf. They experiment constantly and caused a stir a decade ago by planting Cabernet Sauvignon and overturning the authorities that said they couldn’t. Their Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) is excellent. They have artist and cartoonist mates who design their labels. Traubenflusterer (The Grape Whisperer) is their everyday dry Riesling - tight, lean and crisp - which they produce in one litre bottles.
Brother and sister team, Hans-Josef and Maria Becker, make distinctive Riesling in their maze-like buildings and cellar by the Rhine at Walluf. The style is utterly traditional and utterly distinctive, untouched by fashion. Maria often turns up beautifully mature bottles from corners of their dark, damp cellar for us. She uncovered another batch of the legendary 1976 Spatlese for us recently. No, we’re not opening that one – we’re going to open some of their mature, dry Riesling 1997 from the Rheinberg, their steeply-sloped (well, steep for the Rheingau) vineyard which is directly on the Rhine riverbank.
We do hope you can join us and, as usual, feel free to bring a friend.
Join the team over at The Humble Grape for a German Wine tasting not to be missed!
Germany is a nation steeped in winemaking history and tradition.
Join us on a road trip of the most exciting regions and dynamic producers from thrilling, linear and mineral Riesling wines of the Pfalz, to the succulent and elegant fine-boned Pinot Noir of Baden.
The secret is out on the quality of German wines, come along, taste and discover for yourself!
£40 per ticket - 7 wines + tapas
This German Tasting will feature the wines of niche artisan and up-and-coming producers, from classic dry Riesling, to Weissburgunder and the highly sought after Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir).
All complimented by the most delicious Spanish cheese, cured meats, marcona almonds, olives, artisan bread and exquisitely aromatic olive oil from Salamanca.
German Wine Agencies present ‘Off Piste’ – a tasting designed to highlight a broad spectrum of grape varieties throughout the regions of Germany.
Head to The Winery tomorrow night to taste a fantastic line up of German wines amongst many others!
See below for further information.
You are invited to our next tasting on Tuesday 29th January from 17.00-21.00h at our shop in Clifton Road W9.
We will be opening an impressive, spicy, peppery, aromatic Muscat Blanc. California, Alsace-style. Debora Cahn and her husband Ted Bennett joined the back to the land movement in the 1970s, moving from San Francisco Bay to the foggy north Anderson Valley to set up Navarro vineyards.
Wild-eyed Laurent Gauthier, man of few words, makes wines from two villages in Beaujolais; Chenas and Moulin-a-Vent. His latest Moulin-a-Vent arrived recently. Let’s make it a Gamay January.
Dry Germans are coming in three forms on Tuesday. After kicking off with sparkling dry Riesling Sekt by Josef Laufer in the Rheingau, we’ll be showing dry Riesling from Haart, the top address in Piesport, packed with wild yeasts and slate extract.
Completing the German selction will be wonderful, modern Spatburgunder (German for Pinot Noir) by Shelter Winery in Baden. Hans-Bert Espe and Silke Wolf are the young couple who started making their wines in a defunct Canadian Air Force bunker.
Valery Renaudat’s excellent Reuilly and Quincy Sauvignon Blancs have been firm Winery favourites for well over a decade. Just to throw a curve, we thought we’d open his Rose.
Last of our reds will be Bordeaux - swashbuckling Axel and his sister Inez de Lavaux’s Chateau La Croix Moulinet.
We do hope you can join us and, as usual, feel free to bring a friend.
On Tuesday 19th February 2013, German Wine Agencies will be presenting 'Off Piste' - a tasting offering the chance to sample a unique selection of German wines from across the regions of Germany.
Find more details below and email firstname.lastname@example.org for your official invitation
*please note this is a press and trade only event
The team over at The Winery are back from Germany and have come bearing gifts of great German wines! Head over to the shop next Monday (10th December) from 5-9pm to taste some dry Rieslings from the Mosel. Click the below PDF for the official invite and more details.
Having just returned from a week in Germany, David Motion and the team at The Winery are holding a tasting on 20th November from 17:00 – 21:00 to showcase their findings from the Rheingau and Mosel.
Wines on show will include Schloss Vaux’s sparkling Cuvee Vaux, 2011 Riesling from Kuhn and a dry Riesling by Andreas Schmitges.
Pop in to sample some delicious German wines!
4 Clifton Road
The Goethe-Institut are, for the first time, offering a German wine tasting course to wine enthusiasts of all levels! Covering all bases from climate and soils to winemaking and comparing grape varieties, this course is designed to teach you all you need to know about these delicious wines.
The course will take place across five weeks in November and December and will be taught by freelance wine writer and educator Anne Krebiehl, whose work has been published in titles including Harpers Wine & Spirit, The Financial Times and London Evening Standard.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, sign up today! http://bit.ly/QGobxv
Dates: 6th, 13th, 27th November & 4th, 11th December from 7- 9pm in the Library of the Goethe-Institut London
Cost: £150 which includes 6 glasses to keep and course materials
Join Newcastle Wine School for an insight into some of the most food-friendly wines on the planet.
The tasting will explore high quality German Kabinett and Auslese wines with lower (9-10%) alcohol levels.
Course Date/Time: Tue 23rd Oct 2012 at 7.00pm
Duration: 2 hrs
Venue: Blackfriars Newcastle
Click here to book your place
On Monday 17th September Vivat Bacchus are featuring German and Austrian wines in their weekly Wine Club meeting.
Monday 17th September 2012
Passport of Wine - 'Germany and Austria'
Vivat Bacchus Farringdon 7:30pm
As Oktoberfest celebrations hit Germany, it is time to crack open the, err, wines! Vivat Bacchus thought they would celebrate it a little differently showcasing some amazing German and Austrian wines.
Join them to taste Riesling, Gruner and Blaufrankisch, travel from Mosel to Wachau, and talk residual sugar, climate and fashion at Vivat Bacchus’ 'alternative' Oktoberfest.
£15 per person
The following wines will be on show at the tasting:
- Altenkirch ‘Feinherb Quarzschiefer’ Riesling 2009, (Rheingau, Germany)
- Paulinshof Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese 2011 (Mosel, Germany)
- Dreissgacker Estate Riesling 2010 (Rheinhessen, Germany)
- Gruner Veltliner Kremser Sandgrube Turk 2009 (Kremstal, Austria)
- Weingut Eichinger 'Hasel' Gruner Veltliner 2010 (Kamptal, Austria)
- Heinrich Burgenland Blaufrankisch 2010 (Neusiedlersee, Austria)
For more information and to book your ticket, head over to www.vivatbacchus.co.uk
On Tuesday 18th September, German Wine Agencies will be showcasing an impressive and award-winning range of wines, across a broad spectrum of varietals, including cuvees, blends, indigenous and international varieties. Wines from producers such as Markus Schneider, Binz & Bratt and Lisa Bunn will be on offer as well as many many more.
For location, timings and further information click here.
The Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) invites you to join them at The Great Rheingau Riesling Review 2012 presenting the world – wide first international launch of the Rheingau Riesling “ERSTES GEWÄCHS” from the last vintage 2011.
The focus of the tasting will be on the wonderful 2011 vintage, including estate-bottled Rieslings in the upper segments in modern dry or traditional sweet style. As special stars in the review, some historical rarities from the treasure chambers such as the 1959 will also be available for sample.
The event will take place 12.30pm – 5pm Thursday 6th September 2012. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jen Gevaux at Phipps PR: email@example.com, tel: 020 7759 7400. Please note that this is a press and trade only event. For further information on VDP, please visit www.vdp.de.
If you’re missing the month of Riesling already, why not pop along to The Winery from 5.30pm today (16th) where David Motion will be opening a selection of 10-12 dry Rieslings from a range of regions including the Mosel and Rheingau. There are also a few surprise bottles on offer!
For more information about The Winery and other upcoming events, visit the website here
Sports, culture, tourism, food and wine. Those were the topics at the 'Discover the taste of Germany' event that took place in London, July 31st 2012. The night was hosted by the German National Tourist Board (DZT) and the German Wine Institute (DWI) who welcomed over 100 prominent guests.
The event aimed to celebrate everything Germany has to offer, especially its sport, culture, food and wine.
More than 100 attendees were treated to a selection of delicious German cuisine partnered with a line up of first class German wines.
Speeches included Klaus Lohmann, German National Tourist Board, Axel Achten, Managing Director Deutsche Sport Marketing (DSM) and Steffen Schindler, Marketing Director German Wine Institute (DWI).
Following the event, guests were also lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet the Olympic Gold medalists from the German Equestrian Team, including two-time Gold medalist Michael Jung.
A great night for Germany and the Olympic team.
(picture alliance/Jan Haas)
You are invited to our next tasting on Wednesday 18th July from 17.00-21.00h at our shop in Clifton Road W9.
July is “31 Days Of Riesling”, an initiative by Wines of Germany. As many of you know, we at The Winery are fairly strict observers of “365 Days Of Riesling” but, to join the celebrations, all three whites in Wednesday’s line-up will be dry Rieslings.
Jane MacQuitty of the Times was rather taken with Reiner Flick’s Victoriaberg trocken 2011. Konigin Victoriaberg was Queen Victoria’s favourite vineyard and is now in the hands of our favourite grower in the area. Here’s what she wrote last Saturday.
Further west, but still in the Rheingau, we’ll be showing our latest pick-up from Asbach-Kretschmar, the organic Winkeler Hasensprung Riesling Kabinett trocken.
Also Matthias and Beate Knebel’s racy, minerally Riesling trocken from the steep terraces near the mouth of the Mosel.
Sandwiching the three Rieslings are two very exciting discoveries for us. Firstly, one of Germany’s finest sparkling wine producers, Schloss Vaux from Stadt Eltville in the Rheingau. It was Claudia von der Papen, one of our talented interns from Geisenheim who brought us our first bottle of Schloss Vaux. We were very impressed. Schloss Vaux started in the 1800s and is very much based on the French Champagne House model. Although they own no vines, they have grape contracts with top growers such as Kloster Eberbach and Langwerth von Simmern and then make startling sparkling versions of Steinberg and Rauenthaler Baiken Rieslings and the sparkling red Assmannshauser Hollenberg from Spatburgunder. Steinberg with bubbles? Hoillenberg with bubbles? Crazy. And yet….delicious. On Wednesday we will be tasting their calling card, Cuvee Vaux.
First in our sequence of reds will be from Hungary. Other than a rare sighting of Tokaji on our shelves, usually around Christmas, we haven’t fully absorbed Hungary yet. Hungary came to us in the form of Berlin lawyer-turned-winemaker Horst Hummel. We will be introducing his high-toned Portugieser, Although legend has it the grape comes from Oporto via Austria, it has since been found to have no connection.
Completing the line-up are two more reds from our recent trip to Bordeaux and the Loire valley. The fleshy Chateau Haut-Pougnan from the rural, grassy triangle between the Gironde and Dordogne rivers and an excellent, supple yet stern, Cabernet Franc fromAmirault-Grosbois in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil.
We do hope you can join us on Wednesday and, as usual, feel free to bring a friend.
Our following tasting will be a ticketed tasting on Tuesday 14th August at Caf L’Amour Encore just off Bond Street. Tickets are 30. Details will follow next week.
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(Warwick Avenue tube - Bakerloo Line)
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Wines of Germany is launching the UK’s first-ever Riesling Summit on Wednesday 27th June in central London. The event will include a panel debate, a showcase tasting of modern German Rieslings from a selection of the country’s most talented, young winemarkers, a series of master-classes from top producers and German wine experts, plus an international Riesling tasting, comparing some of the best Rieslings from around the world.
June is a busy time for events and our friends over at Vinho Verde are holding a tasting to showcase wines from 16 top producers, a selection of the winners from this year’s Best of Vinho Verde Competition as judged by an independent panel of international wine experts, and a seminar to communicate the quality and diversity of the region led by Portuguese Wine Writer of the Year 2010, Tom Cannavan.
For further information please visit www.eviva.co.uk.
St Urbans-Hof in association with The WineBarn present a very special preview tasting of the 2011 Mosel vintage of St Urbans-Hof wines.
The tasting will take place on Thursday 12th July from 11am - 6pm at St James’s Hotel & Club, London.
For further information, please see the invitation below.
As the Riesling Summit draws ever closer, we thought it was high time we revealed some more details!
We're delighted to announce that top German winemaker (not to mention one of the wine trade's most entertaining characters), Ernie Loosen will be attending the Riesling Summit to present our Riesling & Terroir masterclass! Places are fast running out, so sign up quickly if you want to hear from the man himself!
We also have German Riesling enthusiast David Motion from the Winery in Maida Vale, who has kindly offered to pass on his top tips for enthusing customers about German Riesling to the rest of the trade.
Our International Riesling Review is shaping up to be an interesting and educational tasting for visitors, with various producers and generics - including Wines of Chile, New Zealand Winegrowers, Washington Wine Board, Wine Australia and the Alsace Wine Board all helping us secure some amazing Rieslings from around the world to taste alongside a top line-up from Germany. We're producing a tasting book for the tasting so details about all the Rieslings featured in the tasting will be included in the book, along with an area for you to take notes about the stylistic differences.
More details will be revealed in due course about the panel discussion so if you are interested in attending the Riesling Summit or just want some more details, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before 6th June. It's a trade only event so sorry, it's only open to people working in the wine industry.
German Wine Agencies – in partnership with Vagabond Wines – present the second “New Wave Germany” tasting which is taking place on Thursday 12th July at Vagabond Wines in London from 7-9pm.
This tasting will include a top line up of new German wines. For further information and details on how to book a place, please see the invitation below.
German Wine Agencies in partnership with West London Wine School present the “New Wave Germany” tasting. As part of their mission to show the transformation of the German wine industry, they will be showcasing some fantastic modern German wines.
The tasting will take place from 7-9pm on Wednesday 11th July at the West London Wine School, Fulham.
For further information, please see the invitation below
On the 3rd May 2012, ABS Wine Agencies is hosting a 'Masters of Riesling' tasting.
Please note that this tasting is open to members of the trade only.
For further information, please see the invitation below.
Wines of Germany is hosting the Riesling Summit on Wednesday 27th June to kick off the summer of German Riesling in style.
This day-long event will feature a whole host of activities aimed at educating the UK trade about German Riesling, and showing them that German Riesling should be the natural choice if you are looking for lighter wine styles, but don’t want to compromise on quality.
The day will start with a panel discussion about Germany's place in the emerging lower-alcohol category, asking the question, 'With the recent wave of lower-alcohol ranges from big brands introduced to the market, is the UK trade missing a trick by overlooking naturally lower alcohol wines in favour of artificially produced wines?'
From midday, guests will be invited to take part in an International Riesling Review, where they will have the chance to try and compare some of the best Rieslings from around the world, with Rieslings from New Zealand, Chile and Australia all represented alongside German Rieslings. Guests will also have the opportunity to taste Rieslings produced by the Generation Riesling group, which includes some of Germany’s most talented, young winemakers. Generation Riesling winemakers Jan Klein and Eva Fricke will both be on hand to talk about the wines.
Throughout the afternoon, we will be running a series of master-classes with top experts to help educate frontline staff in the UK on and off trade on how to sell German wine to their customers.
The summit will start at 10:30am and will finish at 5pm. If you would like to receive an invitation, please contact email@example.com, stating which company you work for, as this is a trade only event.
This year, the German Wine Institute is once again organising a fantastic trip to Germany for wine educators from around the world.
The trip – which will run from 16th-19th August 2012 – is set to include a day of tastings and seminars at the Viticulture institute in Freiburg, one of Germany’s leading wine institutes, plus visits to wineries in various regions, including some top wine-estates in Baden.
There are only 10 spaces for UK-based educators available and attendees from previous trips are not eligible. To avoid disappointment, if you are interested in coming on this trip, please get in touch with Jen on the Wines of Germany team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 16th April
Please see below PDF for the full itinerary.
Join German Wine Agencies this April to taste some delicious, top quality wines from the Pfalz, Rheinhessen and Baden wine-growing regions of Germany.
The tastings will take place on Saturday 21st April from 12pm-2pm, and Tuesday 24th April from 7pm-9pm, at The Fulham Wine Rooms.
For more information, please see below PDF and to book your place, email email@example.com
They say it takes 30 days to acquire a habit, so this summer, we’re bringing Riesling to the masses with the 31 Days of German Riesling!
If you work for a restaurant or a wine merchant in the UK, sign up today to take part in our 31 Days of German Riesling promotion which is taking place this July. To take part, all you have to do is sell at least two German Rieslings for the duration of the promotion. You can run whatever promotions you want, whether that’s wine and food matching workshops, online promotions, discounts on selected bottles of German Riesling or in-store tastings – it’s entirely up to you!
We’re offering some amazing prizes for the best retailer and best restaurant promotions including an all-expenses-paid buying trip for two people to Germany, or £500 towards new German wine listings if you are one of the runners up, and we’ll also be offering consumers who take part in your promotions the chance to win a weekend break to Germany. On top of that, we’ll send you some eye-catching, bespoke POS materials including menu cards, posters, t-shirts, pens, badges and stickers. What’s not to love?
Keen to sign up? Download the form below and return it to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like any further details or a restaurant/retailer information pack, give us a call anytime from Monday – Friday, 9am - 6pm.
The German VDP member wineries are inviting members of the international wine trade to their annual fine wine fair, 'VDP Weinbörse 2012'.
The event will take place on Sunday 29th April from 11am-6pm, and Monday 30th April from 10am-5pm, at The Rheingoldhalle in Mainz, Germany, and will feature more than 1,000 wines from 165 VDP member wineries.
For more information please visit the VDP's website at http://www.vdp.de/en/. To register for the event please see below PDF.
On Thursday 1st March, ABS Wine Agencies are inviting members of the wine trade to their ‘Pinot Noir for Brunch’ tasting.
ABS will be showing the full range of their Pinot Noir portfolio with a special emphasis on their selection of German Pinot Noirs – the event will feature more than 10 German Pinot Noirs, including the acclaimed Fürst winery from Franconia and Johner from Baden.
The tasting will take place at Finsborough Wine Café in London from 9am-6pm. To RSVP please email email@example.com.
On Wednesday 22nd February 2012, German Wine Agencies are hosting a trade tasting and question and answer seminar showcasing some of the most thrilling and innovative wines produced by Germany's 'new generation' of winemakers.
For more information and details on how to register, please see below PDF.
Wine-lovers are invited to enjoy some fine wines including a selection of German Pinot Noir and Riesling at The Winery’s Pre-Valentine’s Tasting on 8th February 2012. The event is set to take place at Clifton Nurseries, 5A Clifton Villas, London W9 2PH.
Tickets are available for £25. Contact The Winery team on 020 7286 6475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This unique tasting has been designed to give guests exclusive access to the Wine Barn's producers and a chance to ask these experts questions about the wines tasted.
Email email@example.com for tickets.
Taste your way through three decades of JJ Prum from 1985 to 2005.
In February next year, German Wine Agencies will be hosting their first trade tasting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further information or an invitation.
16th January 2012 - Save the date
Look out for further details over the next few weeks and email email@example.com if you require further information
St Urbans-Hof and The Wine Barn are holding an exclusive tasting of the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen vineyard, one of the Mosel’s most famous Grand Crus on Wednesday 5th October at Bistro du Vin in Soho. Download the pdf for further details.
After the tremendously successful debut of the VDP's "Masterpieces of the Mosel" last year, this year's presentation will focus an the wines of 2010, a vintage that particularly profited from the "golden October".
A wine presentation and the auction of Grosser Ring will take place on the 23 and 24 September in Trier and both days are open to members of the press, trade and gastronomy, as well as private wine enthusiasts.
For more information and to register online, please click on the following link: http://grosserring.de/cms/front_content.php?idart=250
Our German wine friends at the Wine Barn, along with 11 other importers, are happy to announce that on Wednesday 7th of September they will come together for the inaugral "Dirty Dozen Importer Tasting" taking place at Dartmouth House in London’s Mayfair, from 10:00am - 5:30pm.
The Dirty Dozen is a group of like-minded specialist importers representing some of the most exciting wineries and domaines available in the UK - for more information about the tasting please visit www.dirtydozentasting.co.uk or to register your attendance contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of this summer's Riesling Week, The Wine Barn is collaborating with Yauatcha, The Ledbury and Home House to showcase a selection of fantastic offers on German Riesling, which will be available at participating restaurants between the 23rd and 31st July.
Please click on the PDF below for further details:
It’s the perfect match with food, great on its own and there is a style to suit every occasion, Riesling is the grape variety to be sampling this summer.
Wines of Germany invites you to try out this versatile grape variety by visiting one of a number of independent wine merchants and restaurants participating in the UK’s first ever “Riesling Week” – a promotion running up and down the country from 23rd – 31st July 2011. Food and wine matching dinners, mini tastings and a range of Rieslings by the glass are just some of the ways this grape variety is being showcased at the following restaurants:
Home House, London
The Ledbury, London
Wood Street Bar and Restaurant, London
The Vineyard at Stockcross, Berkshire
Hotel de Vin, Winchester
If eating or drinking in the comfort of your own home is more your style, why not visit in store or online - one of the following independent wine merchants, who will guide you through the various styles of German Riesling available and help you chose the perfect wine for you:
- Appellation Wines, Edinburgh
- Avery's, Bristol
- Barrels and Bottles, Derbyshire
- Bedales, London
- The City Beverage Company, London
- Corks Out, Cheshire
- Great Western Wines, Bath
- Ex Cellar, Fulham, London
- Inverarity One to One, Glasgow
- The Oxford Wine Company , Oxford
- Rai Wine Shop, Birmingham
- Tanners, several location in the midlands and Wales
- Thomas Peatling , Suffolk
- The Wine Store, Cambridge
- The Wine Barn, London
For further information on the promotions being held at each restaurant/independent merchant please visit our facebook page or contact the Wines of Germany team on email@example.com Phone: 020 7759 7405
The VDP invites you to an excluive tasting of excellent Mosel wines from the small but precious 2010 vintage, plus older vintages, taking place on Monday 4th July from 2pm-5.30pm at the Great Hall, One Great George Street, Westminster. To register your interest, please see attached invitation and email Alexia Putze on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wines of Germany are pleased to announce that they will be supporting the Freud Museum's 25 Anniversary celebrations taking place on Tuesday the 7th June between 6.30 and 8.30pm at the Hampstead Home of Sigmund Freud.
The new art exhibition - by award-winning German artist Marcel Odenbach - is inspired by Bella Freud's work (grand-daughter of Sigmund) and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the museum.
For more information, please see invitation below.
Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies invites members of the trade to their Masters of Riesling Tasting at Michael Schuster's Wine School in London on Wednesday 8th June from 10.30 - 16.30
For more information, please see the PDF invite below or email Lesley Gray on email@example.com
If you're planning on attending the Riesling & Co tasting next Wednesday, you can download the tasting catalogue in advance.
Simply click on the link below - see you on Wednesday!
For more information about the event, give us a call on 020 7759 7405 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further to the success of last year’s event, GROSSE RING VDP Mosel is hosting a wine presentation of the VDP winegrowers and the 124th Prädikat wine auction from September 22nd to September 23rd 2011.
Experience the true masterpieces of the Mosel with a fine and exceedingly exciting 2010 vintage, exhibiting playful lightness, brilliant acidity structure and a great potential for ageing.
Please take a look at the PDF below for more information.
* CONSUMER TASTING *
Steffen Schindler of the German Wine Institute will introduce you to the Generation Riesling – a group of young, acclaimed winemakers from
Germany, who have come together to promote the modern, dry styles of wines being produced by the country’s new wave of ambitious
With a chance to taste a range of wines including Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir in a range of styles, this is a great opportunity to gain some insight into the world of German wines and winemaking today.
To find out more, visit the WSET website
The team at The Winery invites you to an exclusive German Wine Tasting at Hulsta Furniture, 23-25 Baker Street, W1U 8EQ on Thursday 17th March 18.00-21.00h.
The 10 wine line-up will include rieslings by Fred Prinz in Hallgarten and eco rieslings by Harald Steffens-Kess and Thorsten Melsheimer in Reil on the Mosel. There will also be some startling Spatburgunders available to taste, coming from the tiny Ahr Valley just near Bonn.
Tickets are £25 each and can be booked by calling 020 7286 6475. For more information, please visit:
The Specialist Importers Trade Tasting will take place in London on the 23rd February 2011 at the prestigious Vinopolis venue. Several German producers will be attending the event including Kilian Graf Von Bentzel-Sturmfeder who will be on the Winehaus stand (stand 21). For more information about the event, please visit http://www.sittastings.com/
Due to popular demand, the Sommelier Spring Class is back!
Now in its third year, Wines of Germany is running a trip for 50 of the best sommeliers from around the world this April.
The trip will include a visit to the annual VDP trade fair - the Mainzer Weinbörse, where sommeliers will get the opportunity to taste the 2010 vintage for the first time - plus two days of winery visits abd a day of seminars at the University of Applied Science Fachhochschule Geisenheim on the following topics:
- Riesling & Pinots – varietal differences due to terroir in Germany’s wine regions
- Riesling – ageing potential and/ or biodynamic winegrowing
- Pinot Noir seminar
Sommeliers will also be invited to attend the annual VDP celebration ball, which is always a memorable (if somewhat late!) night for attending sommeliers!
The trip will run from 15th - 19th April so if you are keen to attend and are currently working as a sommelier in the UK, please register your interest by emailing us at email@example.com by Monday 14th February. (Sommeliers outside the UK should contact the German Wine Institute in Mainz or the Wines of Germany office in their home country for further details).
If you have any questions about the trip, please do get in touch.
As announced this week in the WSET newsletter, the German Wine Institute is inviting wine educators from around the world to come to Germany for the inaugral Wine Academy trip, which is taking place from 8th - 11th September 2011.
The trip will include tastings and seminars, plus winery visits to various German wine regions. The trip is open to all wine educators, so we - the Wines of Germany team in London - are recruiting wine educators currently teaching in the UK to attend the trip. (Educators outside the UK should contact the German Wine Institute in Mainz or the Wines of Germany office in their country of residence for further details).
Educators who are keen to attend this trip should register their interest by email at firstname.lastname@example.org before 28th February 2011. Please note that registration does not guarantee a place on the trip as there are only six places available – when the final itinerary for the trip is confirmed, we will email everyone who has registered their interest and the first six to come back to us to confirm their attendance will get a place on the trip.
Good luck to everyone who registers - it promises to be a memorable trip!
Following its success in the USA, Riesling Week is coming to the UK for the first time in 2011!
Wines of Germany is linking up with restaurants and independent wine merchants nationwide for one week this July to highlight the food matching capabilities, versatility and delicious taste of German Rieslings.
Full details of participating restaurants and retailers' promotions will be announced here in due course, as well as on our Facebook page so watch this space!
For the first time in five years, Wines of Germany is holding a trade tasting in the UK – the Riesling & Co tasting.
The tasting will be preceded by "German wine Question Time" from 10:30 - 12:00 midday. A panel of industry experts will take questions from the audience about the future of German wines in the UK market. Places are limited, so email email@example.com to register or for further information
Trade tasting: 12:00 - 18:00
Riesling & Co will see more than 20 German producers – both established and up-and-coming – descend on the UK to show some of the best wines being made by German winemakers today.
Weingut Staffelter Hof GbR
Weingut Blümel, Magdalenenhof
Ruppertsberger Winzerverein Hoheburg eG
Weingut Chat Sauvage
Weinexport Michael Schäfer
Weingut Franz Dahm
Zimmermann-Graeff & Müller Gmbh & Co
If you are a member of the trade and you would like to receive an invitation to this event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can ensure you are contacted ahead of the tasting.