Winemakers from seven countries will converge at Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle on July 17th, giving wine lovers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the finest Rieslings from around the world in one location. Hosted by Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state and Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, the Riesling Rendezvous Grand Tasting will be held on the picturesque grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash.
More than 70 wineries from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, California, Idaho, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Washington will showcase an extraordinary lineup of more than 250 Rieslings. (Many winemakers will also bring a “surprise wine” from their estates.) Guests will savor Riesling friendly food from popular Seattle food trucks including Barking Frog, Snout & Co. and Jemil Caters, as well as appetizers prepared by Chateau Ste. Michelle Executive Chef Janet Hedstrom and the winery’s culinary team. The event will also feature live music by Six Over Four.
The Grand Tasting is part of the 5th Riesling Rendezvous, a three-day event designed to bring 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. The trade tastings on July 18 & 19 will be held at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle and feature in-depth seminars led by distinguished speakers on topics such as: climate trends impacting Riesling, the diversity of Australian Riesling, the essential elements of dry Riesling, tips from the pros on selling Riesling, Alsace’s diverse terroir, and demonstrations pairing Riesling with cheese and salmon, Riesling cocktail tastings…and more! Limited tickets are still available for the 3-day package at rieslingrendezvous.com
Nearly two decades ago, Chateau Ste. Michelle, North America’s leading Riesling producer, teamed up with Ernst Loosen, famed Riesling winemaker from the Mosel, to collaborate on an ultra-premium Washington Riesling called Eroica. Riesling Rendezvous was born out of this special partnership’s commitment to promote the extraordinary nature of Riesling. Riesling Rendezvous is held every three years and is a member of the Riesling Coalition that brings events to North America, Australia and Germany on a rotating basis.
Riesling Rendezvous Grand Tasting Participating Producers:
Australia Frankland Estate Grant Burge Wines Jim Barry Wines Mac Forbes Wines Pikes Rieslingfreak
Austria Boutique Winery Clemens Strobl Emmerich Knoll F.X. Pichler Malat
Canada Cave Spring Cellars Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery Kitsch Wines Little Farm Winery Synchromesh Wines Tantalus Vineyards von Mandl Family Estates
France Albert Mann Domaine Loew Famille Hugel Meyer-Fonné Paul Blanck Schlumberger
Germany Ansgar Clüsserath Balthasar Ress BattenfeldSpanier Christmann Dönnhoff Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Dr. Loosen Egon Müller-Scharzhof Fritz Haag Leitz Maximin Grünhaus Oekonomierat Rebholz Robert Weil Wittmann
New Zealand Framingham Wines, Ltd.
United States California Balo Vineyards Maidenstoen Wines Stirm Wine Co.
Idaho Cinder Winery
Michigan Black Star Farms Mari Vineyards/Scriptorium Wines
New York Anthony Road Wine Company Boundary Breaks Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery Fox Run Vineyards Ravines Wine Cellars Red Newt Cellars, Inc. Sheldrake Point Winery Wagner Vineyards
Oregon Brooks Elk Cove Vineyards Tunkalilla Vineyard Washington Charles Smith Wines Chateau Ste. Michelle Pacific Rim Snoqualmie Vineyards The Woodhouse Wine Estates Tsillan Cellars Tulip Valley
Regional Sponsors: Alsace Wines: Allimant-Laugner, Bott-Geyl, Dirler-Cadé, Emile Beyer, Frederic Mallo, Léon Beyer, Pierre Sparr, Willm Wine Australia: Eden Road, Glaetzer Dixon Family Winemakers, Grosset, Kilikanoon, Pewsey Vale, Pressing Matters, St Hallett Idaho Wine Commission: Cinder Winery, Colter’s Creek Winery, Pend d’Oreille Winery, Sawtooth Winery, Ste. Chapelle Winery Oregon Riesling Producers: Alexana, Argyle, Brandborg, Brooks, Chehalem, Elk Cove Vineyards
Tickets are $85 General Admission (5-8 pm) and $125 VIP limited availability (4-8 pm). Tickets are available online at 2016GrandTasting.RieslingRendezvous.com. (Attendance is limited to ages 21 and older.)