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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!

Riesling Masterclasses!

Hi everyone!

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It has been some time, because I was really busy!
I have done my WSET Spirits exam earlier this week.
Besides, I worked my butt off in a second restaurant.
And I gave 2 master classes!

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The first Master class was where I did my school time. Here in Antwerp PIVA!
It was fun to do and we gave an amazing Riesling tasting!
We, are me and my mom!
She gives wine classes in Aalst at Tanerra under Wine in Words!
www.wineinwords.be

Anyway. We got going off the tasting with a sparkling Riesling Sekt from Solter, who is based in the Rheingau, Germany.
It has a nice mousse, was delicately refreshing and complex and after it had the time to breath the amazing petrol aroma came up!

As, second wine we had also a German wine from the Mittelrhein.
The base wine from Toni Jost a Riesling Trocken.
It’s refreshing, fruity and mineral with a quite short finish which is a little acidic.
Hence, it’s a fresh glass of wine.

The next wine is from the USA, Ancient Lakes AVA. The Kong Fu Girl Riesling!
This has a little more residual sugar, but has enough acidity to make it still a fresh wine. This wine is surprisingly complex, very mineral, fresh fruit and some tropical fruit and the wonderful petrol aroma jumps out of the glass! A long finish makes it altogether, even more fantastic!

Than as sweet wines we had a Fine Herb from Fritz Haag, from the Mosel, Germany.
Normally fine herb is a flabby sweet wine which Germans drink all day long.
But not this one!
It had a nice texture, the acidity balances out the residual sugar and there is a fresh mineral touch. So, really good for a fine herb!

As second sweet and last wine, an Auslese from Karthäuserhof out of the Ruwer region in Germany.
It’s a lot more concentrated, had a deeper color.
The wine is sweet, with a lot of complex flavors, minerality, petrol and still freshness.
Also a long finish makes this a nice stopping point!

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We also presented a second Master class in one of the classes of my mom in Aalst.
Where we gave one more wine to taste.
A Selected Harvest Riesling out of New Zealand.
We served the year 2000 which was so complex! Very sweet! With candied fruit, tropical fruits and a good deal of acidity to counter all the sweetness!
A long, complex finish made this tasting amazing ass well!

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Besides, an ex colleague of mine came over.
He works now for a London spirits brand: Sacred!
They distill Gin, Vodka, Bitters and Vermouth.
They use vacuum distillation, which implies they do need a lot less heat.
And the botanicals do not decompose as much as in a normal Pot Still.
So, you have more the pure flavors of your botanicals!
I tasted their whole range!
-Sacred Gin
-Juniper Gin
-Coriander Gin
-Cardamom Gin
-Orris Gin
-Liquorish Gin
All have very pure flavors! Very nice!
The bitter Rosehip cup is like Campari, but much more elegant!
The Sacred English dry vermouth is a wonderful mix vermouth.
The Sacred Amber Vermouth is for sipping on the rocks and has a nice complexity.
The Sacred Spiced English Vermouth has a spicy complexity to it also for sipping
on the rocks.
There Organic Vodka is so aromatic!
And to finish Balder made me a Sacred Negroni.
Which is 1pt of Sacred Gin, 1pt of the Rose hip cup and 1pt Spiced English Vermouth, this all served over ice is an amazing aperitif cocktail!
Thank you Balder for the tasting of Sacred distillery!
For more info: http://sacredspiritscompany.com

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And Prowein was again this year!
I went for 2 whole day’s of RIESsearchING!
More later!

See you for the Prowein RIESsearchING!

 

Riesling in Russia!

Hi you Riesling fans,

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It’s been a while, because I started studying for the WSET Diploma Spirits exam.
Which, is coming up very soon…

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I did taste something unusual, simply fun.
Riesling Mate Winter, which is a Riesling wine infused with spices like ginger, star anise, cinnamon and a lot more.
To me, it’s like an unfortified vermouth, refreshing, tasty and not very sweet.
It is red colored which initially threw me off, but it’s quite nice!
I purchased it from a crowd funding Called Mari Mate join the Lama.
http://www.jointhelama.com/en/start/

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Likewise, I shared the drinks business Riesling Masters article on my fb page:
https://www.facebook.com/Riessearching/

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But the theme of today, Riesling in Russia.

Overall in Russia there are a lot of wines made from imported grapes who are low to mid priced. But the premium let’s call them home made, wines are wining space!
But still only 20% of the wines produced from grapes grown in Russia are sold in Russia.
The wine growing regions in Russia have a moderate continental climate with severe winters. In regions like Rostov and Stravopol the vines need to be banked with sand against lethal frost bite in winter.
Krasnodar is one of the southern regions and the most important wine region in Russia. Takes in a quite long autumn where grapes can ripen fairly. So also Riesling ripens quite well. Here in the soil is an honest amount of chalk and marl.

Likewise, there’s some ice wine made from Riesling in Russia.
But overall I can’t find tasting notes from 100% Riesling only ice wines.
I will taste some on prowein if there is, but I think there will be and I will discuss it when I did taste some.

What is also, I have not yet discovered a Russian wine in Belgium and I don’t think there is a lot imported or really a market for it right now.

Enjoy reading and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

Sources:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/rbth/10023097/russia-wine-expert-view.html
Jancis Robinson.com and the Oxford companion

Riesling in Bulgaria!

Hi Riesling fans,

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I wish everybody a happy and prosperous new year. I hope for all your dreams to come true and it will be a wonderful year!
And I do hope you did leave last year behind in fun.

This year I hope to taste more wonderful Rieslings, visit a lot of wineries, pass a lot of exams and of course write a lot of RIESsearchING posts.

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So let’s try again: Bulgaria.
Last time I did not get enough information on Bulgaria to write a post.
I have done it better this time.

Riesling in Bulgaria!
There’s growing 1170ha of Riesling in Bulgaria.
Most are grown in the Black Sea region and the Rose Valley region here’s a continental climate.
Over Bulgaria you find different soil types:
Some alluvial soils, gray forest floor, maroon soils and some deep sand soils.

There are 3 other wine regions as well: Danubian Plains, Thracian Lowlands and Struma River Valley.

I believe it is quite difficult to stick a flavor palate on these Rieslings, because the huge diversity in soil types. Because Riesling does reflect the soil type it grows on very easily. Which makes it the most amazing grape variety for me.
I leave comment on Riesling tastes from Bulgaria when I actually have tasted some.

Something else to look forward to.
I know this is not much yet, but there will be an update when I know more!

See you guy’s the next RIESsearchING!

Sources:
The wine grape book by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz
http://www.winesofbalkans.com/index.php?balkan-states/bulgaria
http://english.bulgariandrinks.com/drink-types/wine/186

Riesling in the Republic of Moldova

Hi Riesling fans,

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Merry Christmas to all of you!

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It’s all ready been a nice day!
Went to Cru, a kind of fresh market near Brussels.
I know the manager and we have tasted already a lot of wine today.
So thank you Dennis!
I bought some Riesling there! One of them is a Riesling from Robert Weil.
I have his book! It’s a very nice book about his winery!

So I wish you guy’s a very happy Christmas and a wonderful new year!

Today I speak about Riesling in Moldova!
There’s growing 1343ha of Riesling all over Moldova.

There are 4 historical wine regions in Moldova:
Valul lui Traian (south west), Stefan Voda (south east), Codru (center), and Balti (North).
Most Riesling is grown in the southern regions: Valul lui Traian and Stefan Voda.
Here in Moldova a continental climate rules. Which is great to grow Riesling.
65% of the soil all over Moldova consists of Chernozem which is a black humus soil rich in humus and calcium oins.

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They also make some ice wine here in Moldova.
But overall the dry Riesling does a good job as well.
Also here in the Riesling the aroma of quince and peach is found white flowers,
overall a little less mineral, but that won’t be all of them I’m sure!

So enjoy reading and see you the next RIESsearchING!

Sources: wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,…
www.winesofmoldova.com
http://www.britannica.com/science/Chernozem-FAO-soil-group

Riesling in Croatia!

Hi Riesling fans,

Ever been to Croatia?
Not me. But it should be an amazing country.
They make wonderful wines. Istrian wines are almost popular!

Also Riesling, here called Rizling Rajnski grows in Croatia.
1072 ha which is 3% of the total vineyard plantings of Croatia.
And good news also for Riesling is that 2 out of 3 bottles wine made is white wine!
Riesling is mostly planted on the Hungarian and Serbian borders,
where a continental climate rules.
On the coast of Croatia rules a continental climate.
Overall the soil exists of rocks and some alluvial deposits.

In earlier days Riesling was almost always made into cheap table wines.
But now wonders are made!

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Like the winery Bolfan! They make wonderful Riesling (and a lot more white wines).
The winery lies in Zlator, here the soil exists mostly of loess and limestone.
The goal of this winery is to become a 100% natural.

Their Riesling has aromas of golden apples, pear and honey and a tutch of petrol and a wet stone minerality.

Source used: the wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,…
Winepages.com
Winesofcroatia.com
Bolfan.com

Enjoy reading and I’ll see you the next RIESseachING!

Riesling in Slovenia!

Hi everyone,

I skipped a week because I was very busy. I still am, but found some time to write about Riesling!

Today I’ll talk about Riesling in Slovenia.

When you type in Google Slovenia and wine you get all links to Tesco websites.
Tesco is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the UK and they do sell a lot of wine.
If you are following the drinks business magazine, from time to time the name Tesco passes on the screen.
But I did not know they sold a lot of Slovenian wines. Apparently they do…

But on with Riesling!
Here in Slovenia Riesling is called, Renski Riesling.
In Slovenian Istria there grows 591 ha of Riesling and true out the rest of the country another 52 ha.

Riesling is grown in the Bizesljsko wine region, which lies on the border with Croatia.
Where a cool climate rules and the vines grow on a sandstone soil.

Also in the Prekmurje region grows Riesling on sandstone and clay soils
and here a continental climate rules.
This region lies between the Austrian and Hungarian borders.

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And one of the very best producers of Slovenia should be the Devri Pax winery.
This winery lies in the Stajerska wine region (Steiermark in Austria), so lies on the border with Austria.
They make a lot of white wine, but only have 2 Riesling wines in their assortment.
They have aroma’s of peaches, pineapples, blossoms and a touch of honey.
They are medium bodied, with a highly refreshing acidity, are bone-dry and packed with flavor!

As sources I used: the wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,…
Devri-pax.com
Slovenia.is
Sloveniaforyou.com

Enjoy reading and see you the next RIESsearchING!

Hi everyone!

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There has been happening a lot lately!
The RIESsearchING blog has been recommended by another blog, as a good blog to read where Riesling all comes from. Which is true, of course!
www.vriendenvanderiesling.wordpress.com
And I am pre selected as last year for the Sommelier of the year competition in Belgium!
www.sommelieroftheyear.be
Vote for me!

But let’s get on with Riesling!
Today I am talking about Riesling in Slovakia!

The first name that pops up when you mention Riesling and Slovakia on google is Egon Muller.
He makes an amazing Riesling wine in Slovakia named Kastiel Bela Riesling.
For this Riesling Muller collaborates with the castle owner Baron Georg Ullman de Baronyava.
The estate lies in the region Sturovo on the Hungarian border.
There’s a lot of loess in the soil, which make interesting Riesling wines with a base flavor of peach and notes of spices, wet stone and some smokey touches.

There grows about 998ha of Riesling in Slovakia and most is planted in Pezinok.
Pezinok lies about 20km north west from Bratislava.
The climate is continental and has modest rainfall.
Most rain falls in march, which isn’t that great for flowering but ok.

In Pezinok there’s a festival which dates back to the 13th century.
Back then they celebrated in there cosy wine cellars, but nowadays it’s a real festival!

Most fantastic Rieslings is made in a village within Pezinok, called Modra.

Sources used are: the wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,… Websites: winesofslovakia.com, winesearcher.com and winespectator.com

Enjoy reading and see you the next RIESsearchING!

Riesling in the Czech Republic

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Hi Riesling fans,

Today, I am going to talk about Riesling from the Czech Republic.
I know I said I was going to write about Bulgaria, but that needs some more work…
Because Bulgaria does not like a country we Belgians want to know a lot about.
But ok, I’l get there.
So the Czech Republic, never been myself, but it looks like a nice place.

Riesling here calls: Ryzlink Rynsky -> as in Rhine Riesling.
Here grows 1127 ha of Riesling and it almost all grows in Moravia.
There are else very good wineries in Veké Zernoseky who make fantastic Riesling.

Most of all vines grow in Moravia, 95% of all vines planted in the Czech Republic grow in Moravia!
Here is Moravia there rules a cool continental climate with occasional maritime influences carried in with the winds from the Atlantic.
The climate is similar to the Neha or Pfalz in Germany.
It’s relatively dry here and there are more as 2000 hours of sunshine each year!

So we have the perfect climate for Riesling to grow well and ripen fully into the long Indian summers.

The soils here are mostly made out of Loess and sweet water sediment.
There are also sub regions within Moravia, which have a limestone soil, gravel and clay.

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So room for a lot of different Riesling styles here!

Riesling here has, overall peach character with a spicy note, linden bloom and honey notes.

Enjoy reading!
And see you the next RIESsearchING!

 

New site

Weinglas mit Weiwein im herbstlichen Weingarten

Hi everyone,

Some of you may alreaddy know me from my Tumblr blog.

I’m Aurélie Charels,
I’m a sommelier and Riesling expert,
I work at this moment for a Chinees 1 star restaurant Bij Lam en Yin in Antwerp.
And as you may off already noticed i research Riesling!
And i’m a WSET Diploma student!

But Tumblr is just so good to be a start. A good start i have to say! But i can not addid Tumblr as i’d like so, I chose to work with WordPress.

It did not post for the last 4 weeks because: i had my fortified examination and i created an own website. Which had taken some time as well.

About my exam i am not yet going to say something, because with WSET you never know if it was enough… Lets hope it was!

But i’m back for more now!

So this week i will post abouth Riesling in Bulgaria, i had some weird enquires with Bulgaria but it should me a nice country and most importandly they make good Riesling!

So i wil see you guy’s the next RIESsearchING this week on my new RIESsearchING platform and website!

http://www.riessearching.com