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A guide to Riesling!

Hi Riesling fans,

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RIESsearchING just turned 1!

1 year and 34 posts later, I have learned a lot!
My grammar is better and my sentences make more sense as in the beginning.
Besides, I have learned so much about Riesling!
Unbelievable, and yet I am learning more every day!

Also in 2 weeks I go for a Germany, Riesling trip.
That’s a little bit to celebrate the 1 year RIESsearchING!
It’s going to be 4 day’s non stop wine!

For this blog:

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What if you can’t see the Riesling in between all the other grape varieties with Riesling in the name anymore?

No worries!

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I am going to present you a little guideline and the facts of Riesling
and it’s name stealers!
Because why would you name a grape variety you found after one that
already exists?
Because they want to pick a little seed of the already famously and great variety
called Riesling!

 

 

Let’s start off with The one and only Riesling!

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Riesling, also called: Weisser, White, Rhein, Rhine, or Johannisberg Riesling,                   Riesling Renano,Renski Rizling, Rizling Rajinski, …
It’s a white grape variety. Most planted and born in Germany.
Daughter (yes Riesling is a girl) of Gouais Blanc and sister off for instance
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
It is a very aromatic grape variety, with a lot of fruit, a great acidity, picks up the minerality from the soil and not to forget the “norisoprenoid hydrocarbon 1,1,6-trimethyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene”or “TDN” to be short. This is the flavor compound in Riesling that creates the Petrol aroma.

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Welschriesling, also called: Olasz Riesling, La! Ki Riesling, Rizling Vlassky, Graševina, Riesling Italico, …
It’s also a white grape variety, but is unrelated to the German Riesling.
Welsch even means Unrelated in Germanic languishes.
Most Welschriesling is planted in Eastern Europe.
This grape variety needs a little warmer climate, if too cold the acidity is unpleasantly pungent.
When ripens well it can be great.
Where most just acidic wines with not much more flavors are produced.
But, lately in Austria there are some great dry whited and amazing Eiswein, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese is made from Welschriesling!

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Cape Riesling or Clair Riesling, is actually another grape variety called:
Crouchen Blanc.
It is a white grape variety, which produces neutral wines.
Most planted in South Afrika and Australia.
Since 2010 Riesling can not be printed anymore on the labels of this wine.

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Banat Riesling, also called: Kreaca.
Is a white grape variety grown in Serbia and Romania.

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Roter Riesling, actually is Riesling but with a color mutation.
So this variety is very related!
The vine produces mostly a mix of white and pinkish berries.
The wine tastes quite similar but fuller bodied mostly.
I hope to buy a bottle of Roter Riesling wile I’m in Germany.
In Oestrich-Winkel in the Rheingau is Weingut Allendorf, who keeps some Roter Riesling alive and makes wines from the grape!

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Let this be your guide when you are not certain what you’re buying!
This will hold some answers for you!

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Enjoy reading and enjoy your Riesling!

Source:
The wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,…
The purple pages of the Oxford companion on Jancis Robinson.com

See you the next RIESsearchING!

Generation Riesling!

Hi Riesling fans,

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It has been some time now…
I know!
Constantly on the move.
Besides, I had a case study to prepare last month about Social Media wine marketing.
Which I have learned a bunch about!

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Anyway.I am redirecting my focus on Germany for a bit.
Because, this summer I go for a 5 day trip to Germany.

For yes, you know it: Riesling!

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With my case study behind me and a lot of Riesling in front of me.                                                    I am going to talk about Generation Riesling today.

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Generation Riesling!

This is an innovation of the German Wineinstituut.
To attain a positive look on German wine again!
Because, let’s face it, folks. Previous generations do not drink German Riesling…
It is very logical and has good reasoning.
Wines such as Schwartze Katz and liebfraumilch.
Huge mass production and nearly good enough to produce a sauce with.
Lately they are better, but even so this is not at all covering what german wine
Is all about and has to offer a lot more!

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Why the name Generation Riesling?
Easily, the members cannot be over 35 years old.
It’s entirely about having a fresh take on German wines.
Not only Riesling. But Riesling is the most important grape variety in Germany.
It’s born there!

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This year they are celebrating 10 year Generation Riesling!
10 years ago, they started with 80 members, today their over 500 members!
Their task is to promote German wine as ambassadors on trade fairs and events.
And they are good at it!

 

 

First time I came in touch with Generation Riesling was this year at Prowein Dusserdorf.
They are innovative, interesting, young winemakers who do not want to throw away tradition, but embrace it in different en new way’s!
They utilize new materials and less chemicals to make the wine.

DWI / PROWEIN in Düsseldorf / Foto: Jakob Studnar

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In today’s marketing word of mouth is really important!
And by attending events and trade fairs Generation Riesling
generates this.
Also social media is important word of mouth!
And younger generations are subject to this!
As, for instance the International Riesling Foundation (also something to blab about!)
Shared an article about Millenials their input in reviving Riesling wines!
The wine has to taste good and look fun and be easy to sway around.
That’s a winning streak recently.

For the 10 year anniversary this year Generation Riesling does some events in Germany.
And the events already had some outstanding feedback!

In the Netherlands they also did some events with the support of Alain Jacobs.
He is the man who manages events and works for the German wineinstituut in Belgium and Nederland.
He is the man around here that’s involved in Riesling!
He also does fun things on prowein every year.

For more information, go here:
Generationriesling.com
http://www.winesofgermany.co.uk

On my trip, which I will be writing about!
I also visit a lot of members of Generation Riesling!

See you the next RIESsearchING!