New York Riesling Diary: Day 16 – Rieslingfeier Returns to New York Wine City!

Two years ago Stephen Bitterolf of the vom Boden wine importing company took a daring decision and launched the Rieslingfeier festival celebrating German Rieslings in New York Wine City (NYWC). Last night this year’s Rieslingfeier began with a dinner at Má Peche restaurant with wines from Emrich-Schönleber of Monzingen/Nahe and Rebholz of Siebeldingen/Pfalz. It was sold out as are this evening’s big event at Rouge Tomate restaurant and tomorrow’s dinner with wines from Willi Schaefer of Graach/Mosel and Dönnhoff of Oberhausen/Nahe at Betony restaurant. All the winemakers are present for these events too. That means that although it looked a bit risky two years ago Bitterolf’s decision to give German Riesling this platform in NYWC was spot on. Of course, all of you who don’t already have tickets are now wondering how you can be some part of the Rieslingfeier. The answer is that tomorrow (Saturday, February 22nd) is the Riesling Crawl in Manhattan with a handful of stunning tastings you don’t need a ticket for or even to pay for, just come along. I look forward to seeing you there! Here’s the list:

12:00-2:00pm: Cornelius Dönnhoff 

at Acker Merral & Condit, 160 West 72nd Street

1:00-3:00pm: Hansjörg Rebholz and Christoph Schaefer 

at Crush Wine & Spirits, 153 East 57th Street

2:00-4:00pm: Florian Lauer 

at Flatiron Wines & Spirts, 929 Broadway

3:00-5:00pm: Frank Schönleber of Emrich-Schönleber

at Moore Brothers Wine Co., 33 East 20th Street

4:00-6:00pm: Johannes Leitz and Egon Müller IV

at Union Square Wines & Spirits, 140 4th Avenue

5:00-7:00pm: Christian Vogt of Karthäuserhof

at Astor Wine & Spirits, 399 Lafayette Street

PS Many thanks to Birgitta Böckeler for the great picture of NYWC!


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4 Responses to New York Riesling Diary: Day 16 – Rieslingfeier Returns to New York Wine City!

  1. Donald Patz says:

    Hey Stuart – I enjoyed tasting our wines with you. Of course, we don’t expect anyone to love all our wines. I happen to be a fan of Riesling as well. So keep up the good work and send anyone who doesn’t believe you care about Chardonnay to me!
    Donald PATZ

  2. Mister Micha Stalp says:

    Dear Mister Pigott,

    I am a teacher of wine seminars in the so called german “VHS” – a school which is open for people until over 100 years old…
    At the end of April we gonna have the maint point on the wineland “NAHE”.
    So, my seminars are small (25 TN), but I moderate with passion. For the German wine.
    Could you answer me 10 interview questions about wine development on the Nahe?
    This would be incredible and more than kind of you.
    Should I send the questions or we could even meet at ProWein for half an hour?
    1000 thanks
    Yours faithfully
    Mister Micha Stalp

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