We’re happy to have another interview to share with Daniel Immich of Weingut Immich Anker, in the village of Enkirch on the Mosel in Germany. We talk about his current release of Sekt, an interesting bottle of his Eisbruch dry wines, and get introduced to little Maya. The Sekt and the Brut Nature Sekt are both from the 2013 vintage, and the Eisbruch is from 2016.

Some bottles on a shelf caught Dan’s eye, and bring us back with German wines on the table. An argument about acidity happens, and testing equipment comes out. We taste the 2013 Stein Blue Slate Dry Riesling, the 2013 Weiser Kuenstler Riesling, and the 2014 Peter Lauer Barrel X. Which cup is darker?

Chas was travelling in Colorado, and when he went to pick up some wine, purchased the 2011 Settembre Cellars Dry Riesling on recommendation. To fill out the show, he brought the 2013 Melrose Riesling from the Umpqua Valley, and pulled the 2009 Trisaetum Pashey from his cellar to see how that’s evolved over the years. What is your favorite episode of Melrose Place?

Dan got his hands on four interesting American Rieslings and wanted to do them as a blind show. We’ve got two wines from Oregon, one from Napa, California, and one from the Finger Lakes of New York. We have a brand new release with the 2014 Trisaetum Coast Range Riesling. We revisit the 2013 Jasper Sisco Clara Estelle Riesling, after a few conversations suggested that our last bottle of this was off, and not a proper representation of the wine. Some recommendations led us to the 2012 Smith Madrone Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Riesling, and we found the 2012 Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling at one of our favorite local shops. For the question of the day, air your grievances with your smart phone!

Stuart Pigott has spent lots of time exploring the world of Riesling, and has just released his book, Best White Wine On Earth: The Riesling Story. He maintains a Riesling focused blog, and came to Portland to participate in the 2014 Riesling Invasion. He was kind enough to taste a few wines with us, and to discuss some ideas about pairings, and Oregon wine culture. We taste the 2013 Trisaetum Ribbon Ridge Estate Riesling, the 2011 Viento Dry Riesling from Old Vines, and the 2012 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG Riesling. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWyoyTXzz7E   What is the best Oregon Riesling not mentioned in Stuart’s book? He’s offered a bottle of Riesling from his personal cellar to the best answer!

Kelby Russell is the wine maker for Red Newt Cellars in the Finger Lakes of New York. We’ve enjoyed some Riesling from Red Newt in the past, and were happy to hear that he was going to be spending some time in the Willamette Valley. We met at the Riesling Rendezvous on July 14th, and was happy to see that he had brought a bunch of his single vineyard Rieslings along. We tasted three of his wines for the show, and talk about the different vineyards that he works with. The three wines are the 2009 Red Newt Sawmill Creek Riesling, the 2011 Red Newt Bullhorn Creek Riesling, and the 2011 Red Newt Lahoma Riesling.

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What sort of music does Riesling inspire?

 

Here’s a link that will show you where Seneca Lake is in New York State.

 

A New York viewer who loves Finger Lakes Riesling saw one of our older blogs, and wanted to share some more New York Riesling with us and the audience. While travelling he generously brought us 3 bottles to try, and Dan added one that he had picked up on his own. We’re very happy to be able to explore New York some more, because we consider them vital to the search for the great American Riesling, even though it’s more difficult to buy them out here. As an additional bonus, our friend Vivian from Vivacious Gourmand joined us as a guest. She’s always been one to appreciate Riesling, and you’ll see that she provides some good discriptions and thoughts on wine as well. For this show, we taste the 2009 Heart and Hands Reserve Riesling, the 2009 Thirsty Owl Wine Company Dry Riesling, the 2008 Ravines Dry Riesling, and the 2009 Billsboro Riesling. It was great to see some unique characteristics from the grape that we’re not used to seeing in local wines!

We encourage you to check out Vivian’s blog at vivaciousgourmand.com

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What do you do with your leftover wine?

We tried the Pashey Riesling from Trisaetum in an earlier episode and it turned out that the bottle was corked. The winery was kind enough to not only replace the corked bottle but they sent us samples of some other Riesling bottlings as well! We tasted three of them together for this show the 2009 Trisaetum Josahn Estate and Pashey Rieslings. We liked them all and we’re thrilled to see Oregon producers putting focused effort into quality Riesling!

 

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