BEST WHITE WINE ON EARTH – The Riesling Story arrives on June 17th!
“Fulfilled with meaning / let’s sip the Riesling”
Theophilus London, ‘Flying Overseas’ (from the EP ‘Lovers Holiday’, Warner Bros, 2011)
BEST WHITE WINE ON EARTH – The Riesling Story (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) has just been published here in New York! It fully reflects all that happened on this blog since April 17th 2012, when it acquired its current style and orientation, but it takes all this to another level. With a compact 208 pages the book cannot tell you everything about Riesling there is to know. However, it contains all the essentials for making sense of the global Riesling phenomenon and is an invitation to every reader to become a member of the rapidly expanding global Riesling network.
And, yes, it will also be available as an ebook! To order either the digital or analog versions contact your local bookseller or simply go to:
During the 23 months since this blog took its present form it’s enabled me to discover an enormous amount about Riesling, wine and our world which I simply didn’t know before. I’ve passed on as much of this as I could to you and posted dozens of your comments, some of which were not only interesting, but also of a high artistic standard. 2013 I undertook a lot of travel, much of it research trips, of which none was more spectacular than the Riesling Road Trip (RRT 1) which began in Venice Beach/LA on June 19th, 2013 and went all the way to NYWC by a route that took the team and I through a thousand miles of desert and scrub. Our Riesling Whale – my name for the shipping container customized as a designer tasting room that we drag around with us on these mad expeditions – and I just returned from Riesling Road Trip 2 (RRT 2) which took us the 2,000 miles from Key West/FL on Tuesday, May 6th to New York Wine City (NYWC) on Friday, May 16th. Sure RRT 2 was more relaxed than RRT1, which enabled me to post much more and better postings on my blog, but I promise you that it really was more of an expedition than a jaunt. The picture below shows the Riesling Whale parked at Key West just before we set off. Please consult the many blog postings from the RRT 2 period on the home page for the full story of our experiences on the Riesling Roads of the Southeastern US and how I fell in love with them.
Until recently I told the story in words and still pictures, but the video I filmed in New York, Berlin and the Rhine Valley in 2012, Riesling Return Ticket: Berlin – New York, has changed all that. Just click on the link below.
It is only a beginning though, a trial run for the movie I began shooting at my party at American Flatbread TriBeCa on the evening of January 22nd 2013. The film now has a title: WATCH YOUR BACK – A Riesling Movie. There is still much work to be done on this project and I am currently frantically at work writing a cutting script for the mass of material I’ve collected over the last 15 months. I still have a couple of scenes to shoot too. The premier of Part One of the two part movie is set for the evening of July 27th in Traverse City/Michigan, so it will be a bit of a mad rush to finish in time. I’d never be able to make it if I didn’t have the support of Klaus Lüttmer, a great cutter and editor. More details will soon follow! All of these projects are expressions of the great and omnipresent Riesling Spirit which is beyond human comprehension.
Although difficult to pin down, the Riesling Spirit is fundamental open, inclusive and democratic, rather than exclusive and snooty. The white wines of our favorite grape are incredibly diverse, not only in type (sweet, dry, light, powerful), but also in aroma and flavor. From Alsace/France to Australia via Austria Riesling grows alongside other grape varieties. These are as varied as Pinot Gris (Alsace), Grüner Veltliner (Austria) and Syrah/Shiraz (Australia). For these reasons, and because enjoying Riesling encourages open-mindedness, we also enjoy a great many other wines. However, we keep on coming back to our favorite grape, because there’s nothing else like it.
The goal of this site is to expand our experience and understanding of Riesling not by small increments, but by leaps and bounds. The Great Riesling Story is bigger than any of us realize. Let’s reach out together and grasp it now! The Stuart Pigott Riesling Global logo proudly hangs from the masthead as a proclamation of my commitment to the anarchistic energy of the Riesling Spirit and my determination to follow the Riesling Trail wherever it leads me regardless of the investment in time, energy and money.
May the Riesling Force be with You!
PS Don’t forget that alcohol is a drug and Riesling contains alcohol!
Stuart Pigott, Wine Metropolis New York, June 20th, 2014.
Photograph at the top of the page by Bettina Keller (February 2013), the others are mine, like the rest of the pictures on this blog.