BEST WHITE WINE ON EARTH – The Riesling Story is on its way!
“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) is now at the printers!!! It fully reflects what’s been happening on this blog since April 17th 2012, when it acquired its current orientation and look, but takes all this to another level. The book 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 global Riesling network. And, yes, it will also be available as an ebook! To prodder go to:
Also lease note in you diaries the weekend of June 21st/22nd when the book’s publication will be celebrated in New York Wine City (NYC)!
During the 23 months since this blog took its present form it’s enabled me to discover a great deal of about Riesling, wine and our world which I 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. The last year involved a lot of travel, most spectacularly the Riesling Road Trip (RRT I) 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 Great Riesling Whale (a shipping container customized as a designer tasting room) will be on the road again for 12 days from May 6th and I hope to share a glass or two of fine German Rieslings with some of you in its belly during RRT II!
Until recently I told the story in words and still pictures, but the video I filmed in New York, Berlin and the Rhine Valley last year, 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 last shooting was in Downtown Manhattan on February 20th this year. The film now has a title: WATCH YOUR BACK – A Riesling Movie. There is still much work to be done on this project though and I won’t be finished shooting until I return from RRT II. The premier of Part One of the two part movie is set for the evening of July 28th in Traverse City/Michigan, so help me God. 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 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 determination to follow the trail wherever it leads me regardless of the investment in time, energy and money. May the Riesling Force be with You!
Don’t forget that alcohol is a drug and Riesling contains alcohol!
Stuart Pigott, Berlin, April 18th, 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.