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Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen to Host 4th Riesling Rendezvous July 14-16, 2013

Celebrate Riesling with top Producers & Experts from around the World!

Woodinville, Wash. – Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state and Dr. Loosen estate of Germany will host the fourth Riesling Rendezvous July 14-16, 2013 at Chateau Ste. Michelle and Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. The event brings together leading experts and producers to explore the versatility of Rieslings from around the world, discuss issues and opportunities surrounding the advancement of Riesling, and forge alliances among producers and Riesling enthusiasts.

A member of the Riesling Coalition that brings events to North America, Australia and Germany on a rotating basis, Riesling Rendezvous is the largest event dedicated to Riesling in the United States. Registration will begin January, 2013 at rieslingrendezvous.com.

“At the last Riesling Rendezvous in 2010 we were honored to have 70 producers from Germany, Alsace, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, California and New York participate in this unprecedented celebration of the diversity and attributes of Riesling,” says Ted Baseler, president, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “Riesling continues to be popular with trade and consumers and we look forwarded to having Riesling Rendezvous help build Riesling’s momentum in the future.”

Riesling Rendezvous 2013 Program

Sunday, July 14 at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, Washington 4-8 pm VIP, 5-8 pm General Admission.
GRAND TASTING – Sample the finest Rieslings from around the globe, mingle with winemakers, nibble on Riesling friendly fare and enjoy live music on the picturesque grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Monday and Tuesday, July 15 & 16 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, Washington BLIND TASTINGS guided by distinguished producers to explore Riesling styles, from powerful dry wines of Austria, Alsace and Australia to the elegant German variations and flavorful, spicy interpretations from North America.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS will delve into topics including:

  • Riesling’s Outer Limits: Stuart Pigott leads an entertaining exploration of daring and innovation, in search of the most individual expressions of Riesling from unexpected places.
  • Proving That Terroir Matters: New research shows a clear connection between terroir and specific flavors and aromas in Riesling. Presented by Ulrich Fischer PhD, Professor of Enology, Center for Wine Research, Neustadt, Germany.
  • Winemakers Only Roundtable: A candid exchange of ideas on the challenges of growing and making Riesling.
  • The Electric Riesling Acid Test: The Effect of Sweetness & Acidity with Food. Presented by Emily Wines MS.
  • Marketing Riesling: Preaching beyond the Choir.
  •  Masters of Riesling –Grosses Gewachs: A tasting and in-depth discussion to examine recent changes in German wine regulations regarding vineyard classification, wine styles and nomenclature.
  • Walk Around Tasting & Activities including Rieslings from featured regions, pairing Riesling with Smoked Salmon presented by German food writer, Ursula Heinzelmann, Riesling & cheese tasting presented by Oregon’s Rogue Creamery, Riesling Taste Test: How Dry/Sweet is it? presented by the International Riesling Foundation, Riesling friendly appetizers, and more….

 

“I’m really looking forward to getting everyone together again for another Riesling Rendezvous,” says Ernst Loosen, owner & winegrower of Dr. Loosen estate. “In all my international travel I see that Riesling is still growing well, especially with younger people, so I think that our overall theme of “reaching the consumer” is going to be very important. This will be a fantastic forum for growers and trade to keep the momentum going by exchanging experiences and ideas, and learning from each other how to bring more wine consumers to Riesling.”

Chateau Ste. Michelle has been a champion of Riesling for more than 40 years and was among the first to plant Riesling in the state of Washington. Ste. Michelle was catapulted into the national spotlight when its 1972 Johannisberg Riesling won the now famous blind tasting of nineteen White Rieslings sponsored by the Los Angeles Times. Chateau Ste. Michelle offers up to eight different Rieslings designed to showcase the versatility of Riesling and the regional styles within Washington’s Columbia Valley, which produces more Riesling than any other American wine region.

More than a decade ago, Chateau Ste. Michelle teamed up with Ernst Loosen to collaborate on Eroica Riesling, an ultra-premium Washington Riesling. Riesling Rendezvous was born out of this special partnership’s commitment to promote the extraordinary nature of Riesling.

Tickets for the 3-day event pass are $700 for producers, $800 for trade and consumers. Grand Tasting only tickets are $75 for General Admission and $100 for VIP. *Grand Tasting VIP tickets are limited and include one extra hour of tasting.

 

About Chateau Ste. Michelle
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington state and has been producing classic European varietal wines under the Ste. Michelle label since 1967. The winery combines an ongoing dedication to research with a commitment to classic winemaking traditions. The winery owns 3,500 acres of vineyards in the Columbia Valley of eastern Washington, including Canoe Ridge Estate and Cold Creek, which are LIVE and Salmon Safe certified. Chateau Ste. Michelle enjoys winemaking partnerships with two of the world’s most distinguished vintners. Col Solare is an alliance with Tuscany’s Piero Antinori and Eroica Riesling is a partnership with the Mosel’s Ernst Loosen.

About Dr. Loosen Estate
The Dr. Loosen estate has a 200-year tradition of producing Riesling in Germany’s Mosel region. With his modern world view and his traditional approach to winemaking, Ernst Loosen strives to produce wines that unmistakably express the character of Riesling and of the vineyards where they are grown. Decanter magazine named Ernst Loosen 2005 “Man of the Year” for his perseverance in promoting and producing great Rieslings around the world.

Riesling Rendezvous is a registered trademark of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd.