Riesling: Germany's white star

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Tersina Shieh   May 2017

Riesling, Germany’s white star

With over 23,000 ha of vineyard planting (35% of total vineyard area), Germany has close to half of the word’s planting of Riesling in terms of area. The regions Pfalz and Mosel alone has more planting of Riesling than the US, the second country with the most Riesling grown. No wonder Riesling is Germany’s white star.

Riesling is cold-hardy and is best suitable for cool climate regions. It is one of the few grape varieties that can express terroir really well. Therefore depending on the places it is grown, Riesling can be floral, fruity, spicy or mineral. The common characteristics are crisp acidity, relatively low alcohol and longevity. 

It is true that some German Riesling has a certain sweetness level. However, because of climate change, terroir expression, improved vinification, as well as consumers’ preference, nowadays close to 50% of all quality wines produced is dry, while 21% is off dry. Consumers may sometimes find the classifications Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese in the Quality Wine category (QmP) confusing. Actually, these terms only regulate the must weights, or sugar concentration when grapes are picked, not the residual sugar after fermentation. Wines with these terms can also be dry (trocken). If in doubt, check the alcohol level. The higher it is, the drier the wine is. 

Hong Kong importers are also aware of the trend and are, albeit slowly, stocking more dry Riesling. Check them out at the annual Riesling Weeks kick off tasting on 2nd June organised by Wines of Germany. Explore the many expressions of Riesling from steely in Nahe and floral in Mose to luscious in Rheinhessen to bold in Pfalz. 

In the meantime, please visit Wines of Germany booth at ProWine Asia (Hall 5E-500) from 8th to 11th May where some 20 wineries will be presenting their wines. There will also be a VDP seminar on ‘Germany’s exceptional terroirs for Riesling and Spätburgunder'  

Kick-off Celebration with the German Wine Princess
This year we welcome Christina Schneider, German Wine Princess 2016-2017 from Franken, to kick off the fifth edition of Riesling Weeks in Hong Kong, a month long celebration of all German wines.

Date: 2nd June 2017 (Friday)

Venue:  Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong (Wanchai)

Trade workshop: 12:00-2:00pm, VDP: Terroir driven Silvaner, Riesling, Spätburgunder (by invitation only)

Trade session: 2:00-5:00pm (by invitation only)

Consumer session: 6:00-10:00pm

Online Tickets

HK$250/person for wine pass only, or 

HK$450/person for wine and food pass. 

Tickets include tasting of over 200 wines, a Lucaris wine glass and $200 Renaissance Harbour View dining vouchers. 

Enquiries: email: RieslingWeeks@gmail.com

Online ticket sales: Ticketflap (www.ticketflap.com/RieslingWeeks)

Early bird tickets: until 19th May (wine pass: $225/person; wine and food pass:$410/person)

Christina will also conduct tastings and attend activities during her stay. Join her at one of the the events. Well share her event highlights on our  Facebook page. 

Riesling moment, be inspired, Be Creative… And Win! 

Riesling is versatile, cool, green and yellow, and about sharing among friends. Simply share one or more of your photos that convey this Riesling feel and you'll have a chance to win a stylish Aristo watch, plus German wine and cash coupons.

It’s easy to enter. Just tag photo of your Riesling moment with #Riesling WeeksHK on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win.

For more information, please check our website

Riesling Weeks participating outlets

Asian restaurants:
Airport Izakaya 空港居酒屋, Regal Airport Hotel: 30% discount on second order of wine
Beach Club Café Hong Kong, Tsimshatsui: Wine of the month
Café Aficionado 藝廊咖啡室, Regal Airport Hotel: Wine of the month
Chilli Fagara, Central: Riesling flight sampler
Dragon Inn 龍門客棧
, Regal Airport Hotel: Complimentary wine (by glass or bottle) with set menu C, special offer

Dynasty 滿福樓, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, Wanchai: Wine pairing menu, wine by the glass
Elite Dining 優粵閣, Tsimshatsui: Happy hour, wine pairing promotion
Hoi King Heen,海景軒, InterContinental Standford Hong Kong, Tsimshatsui East: Wine pairing menu, wine by the glass and bottle, 40% off for takeaway wine, wine paring dinner (10
th June)
IFC Cuisine Cuisine 國金軒, Central: Riesling pairing menu, wine flights
Ming Court 明閣, Cordis Hong Kong, Mongkok: Wine of the month
Namo Avant Thai, Tsimshatsui East: Wine of the month
Nanhai No.1 南海一號, Tsimshatsui: Wine pairing promotion, special promotion by the glass and bottle
Rouge 紅軒, Regal Airport Hotel: Complimentary wine (by glass or bottle) with set menu C, special offer
The China Club, Central: Riesling Wine of the month, wine pair dinner
Yat Tung Heen 逸東軒, Eaton Hong Kong, Jordan: Wine of the month
Yun Yan 雲陽, Causeway Bay: Riesling pairing menu, wine flights

Western restaurants:
Aberdeen Street Social, Central: Special offer, wine by the glass
Alibi – wine dine be social, Mongkok: Wine pairing menu at $688
Brozeit German Bar + Restaurant, Tsimshatsui East: Special offer, wine by the glass
Bungalow, Central: Riesling pairing afternoon tea

Café Renaissance, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, Wanchai: Wine pairing menu, wine by the glass
I Know John, Central: Wine by the glass and bottle
La Vin Wines et Petite Cucina, Central: Riesling sampler, 30% discount on food with purchase a bottle of German Riesling, 25% discount for purchase of two bottles of German wine

Mirage Bar & Restaurant, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, Wanchai: Wine pairing menu, wine by the glass
Quaver House, Tsimshatsui: Special offer
The 5B Private Corner, Tsuen Wan: 30% off all German wines, free delivery for purchase over $2,000
The China Coast Bar + Grill 華岸酒吧扒房, Regal Airport Hotel: Riesling pairing menu

Macau restaurants:

Aux Beaux Arts, MGM Macau: Riesling flight, Monthly Riesling promotion

Pastry Bar, MGM Macau: Riesling Cream Cake with sekt summer package

Imperial Court 金殿堂, MGM Macau: Lunch dim sum with Riesling, dinner pairing menu

CNG Wine 酒棧, Kowloon City: Wine of the month, special 2-bottles price
Ginsberg+Chan Wine Merchants Asia, Central: Discount on purchase over $1,300 of Markus Molitor Riesling
King’s Wine Cellar, Kwai Chung: In store tasting, Fritz Windisch Kabinett, Spatlese and Auslese 2 bottles for $298; 25% off Friz Windisch Beerenauslese
Schmidt Vinothek: Happy Valley, Quarry Bay: In store tasting, wine of the month, special promotional package
Sip N Savour, Central: 30% off all German wines, free delivery for purchase over $2,000
Star Worldwide Ltd, Tsuen Wan: 30% off all German wines, free delivery for purchase over $2,000
The Bottle Shop, Sai Kung: 10% discount off all Riesling
The Country Store, The American Club, Tai Tam: Cellar promotion, Weingut Dr Heger (VDP) pairing dinner
The Fine Wine Experience, Sheung Wan:10% discount on JJ Prum, Carl Von Schubert and Dr Loosen Riesling, free delivery for mixed case of 12 bottles, Auction Riesling tasting (14
th, 17th June)
Watson’s Wine: Wine of the month, in store tasting, Riesling workshop

Online and wine clubs:
Bachmair Wines Ltd: 15% off and free delivery for purchase over $1,000 in June
Chilled Wine: Wine of the month, special offer
HKTV Mall: 30% off all German wines, free delivery for purchase over $2,000
Kylix Wine
, Kwun Tong: 20% discount on all Riesling, Wiltinger pairing event, A real touch of Riesling winery tour 2017
Tacho Wine: Riesling star of the month, 10% discount on all Riesling, weekend Riesling wine tasting
The 5B Private Corner, Tsuen Wan: 30% off all German wines, free delivery for purchase over $2,000
The Great Wines: Special promotion
Wine High Club: 15% discount off all Riesling
Yui Kee Wine Club: 20% discount on all German wine, free delivery for purchase above $3,000

Bookmark this page for the most updated participants list.

ProWine Asia Hong Kong

Can’t wait until June to taste some fantastic German wine?  Visit Wines of Germany booth at 5E-500. See you there!

VDP will also host a seminar at ProWine: 'Origin Matters! Exceptional Terroirs for Riesling and Spätburgunder’ on 10th May (Wednesday) 1445-1545. You can reserve the seat here.

Save the date….

Wine Music Jam is back. Join us for a fun, interactive wine and music jamming afternoon. We welcome wine lovers, music lovers, amateur musicians, anyone just want to relax, and listen to music with a glass or two of wine.

17th June (Saturday)  |  3:00-8:00pm | Orange Peel, Central

Performers can book their slots here

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