Every ear, a small number of representatives of German wineries travel to North America hoping to gain a few thousands more consumers of their wines.
Sales representatives, owners, and sometimes winemakers pour the wines in major wine markets in Canada and the U.S.A.. Toronto is a major German wine market in Canada.
This year, 16 wineries participated for the Toronto leg of the promotional campaign.
Generally, wineries present rieslings, and pinot noir; this year a few decided to also pour sauvignon blanc, pinot blanc (Weissburgunder), and pinot gris (Grauburgunder) along with rieslings ands pinot noir (Spatburgunder).
A noticeable change this year was dry wines from late harvested grapes with elevated alcohol levels.
In Germany pinot noir grows abundantly in the Ahr Valley north of Bonn, the former capital of the federal Republic of Germany, but yields fine fruit in Rheingau, Baden and Palatinate further south in the country.
Germany is the third largest pinot noir producer in the world after Burgundy, California
Some of the pinot noir presented were very fine, and most reasonably priced for the quality.
The trade and wine writers were treated to a fine lunch with matching wines before the walk around tasting.
We were served an exquisitely prepared and presented menu, along with matching wines.
While the food looked and tasted great the service left a lot to be desired.
We then went to the general tasting where I tasted 35 wines.
Here is my top ranking wines.
(Many are private imports, but I feel most are reasonably priced and deliver good value).
Private orders take anywhere from four to eight weeks to arrive.
Weissburgunder Avantgarde “Elf”, Bergdolt-Reif und Nett, 2012, Palatinate
Dhron Hofberger Riesling Spatlese, Weingut Bollig-Lehnert, Mosel
$ 21.95 private order
Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spatlese, 2012,Weingut Bollig-Lehnert, Mosel
Husarenkape Riesling GG (1), 2012, Baden
Lochle Spatburgunder, 2011, Burg Ravensburg
Piesporter Goldtropfchen Spatlese, 1999, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, Mosel
Steingruble Barrique Aged Pinot Noir Regnum, 2009, Konigschaffhauser, Baden
See above for orders Harry …
Johannisberger Klaus Auslese, 2009, Weingut Prinz von Hessen, Rheingau
Weisser Burgunder, 2012, Domanenweingut Schloss Schonborn, Franconia
Erbach Marcobrunn Kabinett,2008, Domanenweingut Schloss Schonborn, Rheingau
will be available at Vintages June 21 2014
Bechtheimer Spatburgunder, 2011, Weingut Runkel, Rheinhessen
(1) GG stands for Grosses Gewachs meaning the best of selected vineyards of wineries of a special association of premium wine producers.