Friday, November 18, 2016 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute, 440 Albert Street, Suite C108
Riesling is considered by some to be the Queen of Grapes, but it can also be the most misunderstood. But without question, it is the Queen of the Rhineland.
It was long believed that all Riesling wines were sweet, which was an unfortunate combination of demand and cheap exports. And the natural fruity/floral character of Riesling may be regarded by some as “sweetish” even when it’s dry. But what can’t be mistaken is that it is one of the most versatile wines in the world and it is fabulously food friendly. Jancis Robinson states that “Wine made from Riesling is quite unlike any other. It is generally light in alcohol, refreshingly high in fruity natural acidity, has the ability to transmit the character of a place through its extract and unique aromas and, unlike Chardonnay, is capable of aging for decades in bottle.”
Food and Wine remarks that “Riesling is hot. In fact it’s become the Archetypal Anti-Chardonnay, a wine whose woodlessness is considered a great virtue, along with its ripe fruit flavours and palate-cleansing acidity.” Its rediscovery outside of Germany makes it the fastest growing varietal in the past twenty years.
The National Capital Sommelier Guild is pleased to welcome winemaker Anne Eifel-Spohr from Roemerhof Weinkellerei, located in heart of the iconic Mosel valley in Germany. Anne is stopping in the Ottawa area on her way from Winnipeg and on her way to the States. She has graciously offered to lead a tasting of Riesling wines from her winery. The wines will range from dry, off dry to sweet, all of which are a true testament to the “Art of German Winemaking.”
The Mosel region where Roemerhof Weinkellerei is located, is known for extremely steep south slopes, dramatic slate covers the slopes and little to no soil exists, and where the Mosel River reflects the sun and aids in the ripening of the grapes. A combination of harsh, stony slate, ability to store heat and long growing period give an outstanding product with delicate acidity, some floral notes and complimentary fruity sweetness. “Indeed the landscape makes the wine.”
Guild member Avril Van Aert, will finish the tasting with a selection of Rieslings from other regions. It is hoped that you will see how the grape is terroir specific giving way to regional characters and styles.
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