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Meet & Greet with the German Wine Queen and Riesling Tasting

Kim, Patty, Zia and I went to Union Square Wine & Spirits for a Meet & Greet and Riesling tasting with German Wine Queen, Marlies Dumbsky. I posted a notice about this event not too long ago, click HERE to see it

Before her reign ends this October, she appears at hundreds of wine presentations and events all over the world and this was just on of her stops.



We got to sample some very nice Rieslings, which ranged from very dry to sweet


My favorite was the Joh.Jos.Prüm 2007 Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese

I had a chance to interview Marlies about her reign and of course German Wines. Check it out below

And of course, do stop by Union Square Wine and Spirits to pick up a bottle of your favorite Riesling.

Calling All Riesling Fans – Meet Marlies Dumbsky, Current German Wine Queen

The lovely Marlies Dumbsky, current German Wine Queen, will be in New York the week of July 27th to make a few special appearances for her loyal Riesling-loving subjects. This event is free and open to the public!

Chosen for her extensive wine knowledge, sparkling wit and overall demeanor, Marlies is a 23-year-old vintner from the Franken region of Germany. As an official German wine spokesperson, she appears at hundreds of wine presentations and events all over the world.

Marlies and her biggest fan, Paul Grieco, partner, general manager and wine director of renowned New York restaurants Hearth, Insieme and Terroir Wine Bar (and Riesling aficionado in his own right) are available to chat with you about why Riesling is the fastest growing grape varietal in the U.S.

They both have a wealth of knowledge on the grape and why it’s developed a passionate following here and abroad.

Marlies’ reign ends this October. Take advantage of the two final chances to meet Marlies in the U.S. and enjoy some German Riesling with her:

Tuesday, July 28th from 6-8 p.m. at Union Square Wine & Spirits (140 4th Avenue at 13th Street) – Marlies will be pouring a variety of German Rieslings to summer patrons

Wednesday, July 29th from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at Terroir (413 E. 12th St between First Ave and Avenue A) – Rumor has it that a Riesling pub crawl may ensue that evening, so stop by to meet the queen and participate in the Riesling madness!

Destination Riesling’s 2009 Riesling & Co. Tasting

Let me start this post by saying, I love wine, completely enamored of it (well White Wine; I can’t seem to enjoy Red Wine, I do love a good Rosé though). Anyway, my absolute favorite is Riesling. The perfect glass is a light, refreshing, bit fruity Riesling with anywhere from a 70-90 % sugar content. So when I got the invitation for Destination Riesling‘s 2009 Riesling Tasting hosted by Wines of Germany and the European Union. The four main regions for Rieslings are Mosel, Pfalz, Rheinhessen and Rheingau. I hope to discover more here.


Thirty one Winemakers were present at the event, each at a table which was numbered. Kim and I only got to make it through 26 tables (don’t worry, we’re not complete lushes, each glass was no more than two or three sips total). The event brought out magazine writers, industry insiders, Bar and Restaurant owners and Wine and Liquor Stores and of course bloggers like Kim and I.


First things first, we needed to eat something first because who know what effect all that wine will have on an empty stomach. And the event had an amazing Asian buffet set up

So after we ate to our hearts content, we headed to the first table. I must note that both Kim and I like sweet Rieslings but while she likes the ultra sweet, I prefer something less jarring. I seem to gravitate to the Spätlese (made from grapes picked later in the harvest when they are very ripe) and Auslese (made from overripe grapes, picked later in Harvest than Spätlese) Rieslings. Below is a list of my favorite Rieslings from the event

Rudi Wiest Selections, located in San Marcos, California – He had 10 selections but I truly fell in love with one, The Fritz Haag (Mosel): 2007 Riesling Spätlese, Beauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, not too sweet, quite fruity and very refreshing.

Weingut J. Kroger KG, whose 2007 Riesling Spätlese, Eltviller Sonnenberg was also quite refreshing, just a bit more fruity but not overly sweet. Don’t worry, they do have a US importer/distributor, Lietzau Marketing in Tuscon, Arizona is your contact.

Weingut Georg Müller Stiftung – although they had a few Riesling Spätlese, they were dry and semi-dry (dry wines are not for me), but they did have an excellent 2007 Riesling Auslese, Hattenheimer Hassel which although was very full bodied, it was quite light and not too sweet for an Auslese. Lucky for me, the importer, Metropolis Wine Merchants, Inc is located right here in NYC. I think I’ll be making a call for see what stores they sell this Riesling to.

Weingüter Graf von Schönborn – we only did a brief tasting at this table, they had two Riesling Spätlese but I only got to taste one because it was a bit crowded but I did quite enjoy the 2007 Riesling Spätlese, Hattenhein Pfaffenberg/Jubliäum, it was light but had a pronounced aroma. This Riesling is imported by Frederick Wildman and Sons Ltd., also located in NYC; I might just contact them in regards to the other Riesling I didn’t get a chance to sample.

Affentaler Winzergenossenschaft Bühl eG – Affentaler also had a wonderful 2007 Riesling Auslese, Selection Leo Klär, gorgeous color, flavor and aroma. As mentioned before, Auslese is sweeter than Spätlese but I thought this Auslese was quite light and not as fullbodied as most which was very good; perfect with a cheese platter. You don’t have to travel far for this wonderful Auslese because it is imported by Niche Import Co. located in Cedar Knolls, NJ.

Braun. Nierstein – Another top favorite of mine – the 2006 Riesling Auslese, Niersteiner Pettenthal; sugar content-wise, it was the perfect level at 70. At tastings, you generally have to spit the wines out and clear your palette for the next but I actually drank all of this Auslese. So refreshing, the taste was very fruity and quite crisp. It went down extremely smooth and I must say I savored that flavor for a while before I hit the next table. Unfortunately, I will not be enjoying this heavenly nectar soon because they are seeking an importer; contact uwe.lorenz@weingut-heinrich-braun.de if you know of an importer.

UPDATE: Braun is currently available in the United States as of last month. You can order in select states or online at http://www.overstockwineonline.com/whitewines.html

Einig-Zenzen GmbH & Co. KG – a wonderful 2003 Riesling Auslese, Dr. Zenzen, Valwiger Herrenberg, Mosel, it was one of my favorites at the tasting. If bottles were being sold at this event, this would have been a definite purchase for me, the perfect amount of sweetness with a light aroma. There is a US importer, although I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to contact them but they are Zenzen Wines, locatged in Clearwater, FL

Weingut Rappenhof – another Auslese favorite of mine, specifically their 1998 Riesling Auslese, Niersteiner Pettenthal was a bit sweeter than most but not too overpowering in sweetness. I believe the percentage of sugar content was 99% (if I remember correctly). Sadly they do not have a US importer or distributor as yet but they are looking (if someone happens to know of someone, contact weingut-rappenhof@t-online.de )

Weingut Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler – my last but certainly not least favorite Riesling was their 2008 Riesling Spätlese, Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg. This is another I would have definitely purchased one the spot if it was available for purchase. And oh happy day, they too are imported by New York based importer, Frederick Wildman and Sons Ltd.

I have a feeling this summer will be filled with days glasses of light and sweet Rieslings