At this point, most anyone who has listened to me speak (or read my blog posts) about Riesling for more than six seconds is (painfully) aware of my love-affair with the noble wine grape, I consider it probably the greatest white wine variety due to its uncanny ability to retain a signature while also elegantly translating a sense of place as purely as the best red wine grapes, blah blah blah…
Truth be told, even I’m getting sick of hearing about how great I think Riesling is.
Having said that… I cannot resist the temptation to relay some interesting facts about how Riesling is able to translate a sense of place so well.
You see, I’ve been sitting on a book (well, not literally sitting on it, just waiting to read it… ah, forget it…) that I received as a sample from the Wines of Germany folks during my trip to German wine country earlier this year. The book is a bit of a sleeper – it’s dry reading, oscillates wildly between wine-geek information on Riesling, producer profiles, and beginner’s guide takes on how to enjoy Riesling wine. It’s also translated a bit awkwardly from the German, which means the English version reads with an odd cadence and uses the word “indeed” multiple times in the same sentence – as in
“Indeed, what I am about to write in this sentence is indeed going to reinforce what was stated in the sentence prior to this one!”
No surprise then that this book isn’t exactly lighting up the Amazon.com sales rank charts (currently, it’s at number 2,832,386).
But, that doesn’t stop the book, titled simply Riesling, by Chrstina Fischer and Ingo Swoboda, from delivering a masterstroke of Riesling wine appreciation. At least, it did for me. (Indeed) Chapter three of Riesling is (indeed) so freakin’ awesome that I’m going to summarize a large section of it, because it provides what might be the most eloquent overview of the link between Riesling wine aromas and soil types that I’ve ever seen.
(Indeed) It’s like the f—king Rosetta Stone for translating Riesling soil types!
And that is enough to get any Riesling wine geek’s mouth watering (Indeed!)…
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Looks like the Wines of Germany Twitter Taste Live event scheduled for tonight is going to be postponed.
Seems we’re victims both of not having enough time to get the event into full-gear, and also of too many willing participants having too much trouble getting a hold of the wines in time for the tasting. Not a winning strategy – and so we must postpone.
“Postponed” in this case definitely means rescheduled and does NOT mean cancelled. The new date will be announced as soon as possible – currently we’re leaning towards early December so we don’t collide with other scheduled TTL events in November, and also so we don’t collide with the upcoming Turkey Day festivities.
So – it’s looking like we will ramp back up with a TTL event of those tasty Rieslings in early December. More to come soon.
In the meantime, may I offer you a picture of a different take on the German Wine Queen?
I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is No, 1WineDude has not become a German Wine Blog. It just looks that way because October has (primarily) featured German wines and German wine happs. This is due to TasteLive.com having dedicated the month to featuring selections picked by the organization Wines of Germany (I helped to set this up and might collect a modest “finder’s fee” for that – if I’m lucky). Also, Wines of Germany keeps sending me pictures of the German hotties who were vying for the German Wine Queen title, and I’m just shallow enough that those caught my interest.
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be your co-host for the wrap-up German wine event at TasteLive.com on October 22, which is open to the public – that means that you can join us in tasting and tweeting about the following wines live from the comfort of your favorite drinking chair! (TasteLive has partnered with Bacchus Wine and Spirits for those that can’t source the wines locally).
- Selbach-Oster, Riesling, Kabinett, Mosel, 2007/2008
- Leitz, Riesling, “Eins Zwei Dry,” Rheingau, 2008
- Dönnhoff, Riesling, Nahe, 2008
- Darting, Riesling, Durkheimer Nonnengarten, Kabinett, Pfalz, 2008
I’ve had the Selbach-Oster and the Leitz, and they’re both really tasty wines, which probably bodes well for the other selections. Those of you who have been following along at home with the previous October events featuring German wines know that the selections have all be very good, so I’m really looking forward to the 22nd.
More detail is available on the TasteLive Blog.
Sign up over at TasteLive.com, get yourself the wines, and join us on the 22nd!