More than just Riesling

14 May, 2010

Wines of Germany is returning to this year’s fair with what it says is a “bigger and better stand than ever before”.

The Riesling & Co Room – which will be 60% larger than last year – will feature a range of lower-alcohol wines selected in a blind tasting by an independent British panel. UK managing director Nicky Forrest says: “Our aim is for the Riesling & Co Room to continue to be one of the destination stands for visitors to the fair. Over the years we have definitely developed a cult following, with visitors to the stand up 40% last year.

“In 2010 we will show a broad range of outstanding German wines – not only do these wines showcase the best Germany has to offer, they also demonstrate one of our campaign aims of showing that Germany is leading the trend for fresh, balanced and naturally lower-alcohol wines.”?The room will also feature a selection of wines from Germany’s highly skilled, young, internationally experienced, new wave of winemakers, which have been labelled Generation Riesling by the organisation. Stand L20??Myliko will be showing wines from new additions to its German portfolio, including Josef Drathen which offers a full range of classic German varieties and Riesling specialist Ewald Pfeiffer. It will also exhibit new Dornfelder wines, including a red and a dry rosé. Stand L10??Mosel producers Dirk and Constantin Richter will be at the Charles Taylor stand to present a range of wines, including old vintage Eiswein. Stand G6?Black Tower’s new look, which includes a revamped logo and updated label design, will be on display at the Reh Kendermann stand. Changes also include a new half-black, half-clear glass bottle for Black Tower Rivaner and a move from dimpled glass to smooth, clear glass for Black Tower’s Pinot Grigio, rosé and Dornfelder/Pinot Noir wines. Also on show will be the recently launched Black Tower Special Release range, which has been created to enhance the brand’s image of quality and sophistication. The range includes a Riesling and a Chardonnay from Pfalz and a Pinot Noir from Baden.

Kendermann’s Winemakers Edition Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay will make its debut at the fair (rrp £9.99). Produced from selected parcels of grapes from the Pfalz region, it is described as having “aromas of ripe papaya and yellow peppers intermingled with a touch of honeydew melon”.

Kendermann’s managing director Nik Schritz says: “Despite the global recession, Black Tower’s success has continued, and sales worldwide exceed 1 million cases. Innovation is the life blood of all brands and our truly unique new Black Tower pack design and Special Release range, together with our new Kendermann’s, are set to meet the challenges of the economic climate and competitive market. These powerful and innovative, quality brands will attract ever-increasing numbers of target consumers.” Stand I70??In addition to the D:vine brand, which Moselland co-owns with PLB, the exporter will also showcase a new Riesling Kabinett and a Riesling/Pinot Blanc, which has an abv of just under 11% abv. Stand N60? Specialist in fine wine from the Rhône and Mosel Schmitt Söhne will launch several new products aimed at the multiple grocery sector. Wines available to taste include a Pinot Noir from the Rheinhessen, and Kabinett and Spätlese styles from the Mosel. Stand H30? Zimmermann-Graeff & Müller will have a variety of brands on taste including newly launched Palatium, consisting of a Riesling and Pinot Noir from Pfalz. The Mosel-based family-run producer and exporter specialises in bulk wine, own-label and low-alcohol wines. Stand K20

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