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Anne Krebiehl assesses Germany's 2011 vintage at the Wine Barn tasting

Published:  24 January, 2013

We Londoners are lucky. We can see screen legends on our West End stages, hear virtuoso musicians of every genre in our concert venues and look at Holbeins, Raphaels and Monets or the latest installations any day of the week. A steady flow of temporary exhibitions means everyone - yes everyone- can look at Gauguin, van Gogh or Brueghel.

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Anne Krebiehl blogs from The Wine Barn's annual tasting

Published:  23 January, 2013

We Londoners are lucky. We can see screen legends on our West End stages, hear virtuoso musicians of every genre in our concert venues and look at Holbeins, Raphaels and Monets or the latest installations any day of the week. A steady flow of temporary exhibitions means everyone - yes everyone- can look at Gauguin, van Gogh or Brueghel. No, I am not sponsored by Boris or the Arts Council. I am just reminded how great it is to get to see, taste and experience originals. That's presumably why so many braved the weather for The Wine Barn's Annual Trade Tasting at the German House in Belgravia on Monday.

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Wines of Germany announces 2013 events

Published:  21 December, 2012

Wines of Germany have announced a series of events for 2013 which includes the continuation of the 31 Days of German Riesling campaign and Dragon's Den-style competition, called 'Get it on'.

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Wines of Germany announces 2013 events

Published:  21 December, 2012

Wines of Germany have announced a series of events for 2013 which includes the continuation of the 31 Days of German Riesling campaign and Dragon's Den-style competition, called 'Get it on'.

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German harvest - 'broad selection of first-class wines'

Published:  05 December, 2012

Despite challenging weather in Germany the market can look forward to the 2012 vintage displaying a "broad selection of first-class wines", according to the president of the VDP Steffen Christmann.

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Trade events November

Published:  26 November, 2012

Wednesday, November 28

Goedhuis & Co annual press and trade portfolio tasting and Rhone 2011 En Primeur tasting

 

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Wines of Germany announces 31 Days of German Riesling winners

Published:  09 November, 2012

The winners of the first Wines of Germany on and off-trade promotional competition - 31 Days of German Riesling - have been announced.

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Wines of Germany plans significant UK investment

Published:  07 November, 2012

The German Wine Institute is "significantly" increasing its UK investment to boost its burgeoning growth of the above £5 price bracket.

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ProWein boosts seminars for 2013 event

Published:  29 October, 2012

ProWein is ramping up its programme of seminars on offer for its 2013 event to be hosted at a central lecture forum.

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Rolling update: Wineries make harvest predictions

Published:  29 August, 2012

As September looms, the wine industry in the northern hemisphere is keeping an anxious eye on its crops, with many having experienced unusual weather conditions earlier this year.

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Anne Krebiehl meets German winemaker Ernst Loosen

Published:  28 August, 2012

Ernst Loosen is a German winemaker and owner of the wine producer Weingut Dr. Loosen, located just outside Bernkastel in the Mosel wine region. Anne Krebiehl sat down for a chat.

 

What do you think of Riesling here in the UK?

I have a long experience of selling Riesling in this country; I started in 1983. If you look back to those days, the market was a disaster for Riesling and German wines, it was full of Liebfraumilch and Blue Nun. This is what ruined the reputation of these wines [Riesling]. Fine German wines used to be very important in the UK, nowadays that's dead. I have been working this market because I love England; I like the humour, the people, the lifestyle. I love this market and I thought there must be a way to get Riesling back and it was a very, very hard for the first 15 years to stick up for Riesling in the UK.

 

What was the turning point?

Possibly the end of the 1990s, when we started really to become successful. I came over here not because I sold a lot; I came because I loved it so much. It was a long, hard way. But you see, I think this is the difference with the people in England, they may take a long time to come back to something, but then they are very loyal, that is the difference to America, where you can have success because of scores, but they forget you just as fast. In England you have to have the patience to build the market continuously, even if you do not have an immediate success.

 

So much has happened in Germany itself - what about the younger generation of winemakers?
The young generation are almost all going dry, I am still a traditionalist, it's not that we don't do dry wines, in our estate in the Pfalz we only produce dry wines, but in the Mosel we are still huge fans of doing our traditional Kabinetts and Sptlese and botrytised wines. When it comes to dry wines I would say the major market for these wines is still Germany. It will take some time for the export markets to learn about these dry wines so this is still a mission. You have the bone-dry style, the light-fruity style up to noble style Riesling - there is much more to explain, it's much more difficult than having a Pinot Grigio or a Chardonnay - Riesling is more confusing.

 

From that point of view I would say we are still more successful in the export markets with the traditional fruity-style wines while in Germany we are very successful with the dry wines. I do not see a contradiction or conflict in that. The young guys often see a conflict, they want to promote their new-style dry wines but I think Germany has the tradition of both, why should I not continue this tradition?

 

What does the future hold for Riesling?
I think Riesling will have a great future in the UK, people will rediscover it - the wrong wines that did not have a drop of Riesling in them damaged the image of Riesling, that's the crazy thing. It's very difficult to fight against tradition and if Germany stands for anything, then we stand for Riesling in this country. When it comes to Riesling, then Germany is the benchmark. We should use that. We should stick to what we are known for and what we can do best.

 

What has the success of the Dr. L brand taught you?
I started a brand which is based on Riesling - Dr L and Riesling belongs together. It was the first time that we built a brand that said 100% Riesling, 100% traditionally produced, no Sssreserve, from traditional slate soils on traditional slopes; wine that is an ambassador for our region which shows typicity: it has this mineral crispness and acidity from slate soil, a lightness of 8.5% alcohol, and a level of residual sweetness. It is unique and it will always be from the Mosel. I have had requests to put other things in there, to produce more quantity but this would have been the start of the death of the brand. You lose identity and for me this is the most dangerous thing, you'd make more money but you'd ruin the brand, therefore Dr L will always be 100% Riesling, from 100% slate soil from the traditional slopes of the Mosel.

 

The 1996 vintage was the first we introduced. People adore having a simple concept, not having to bother with all these difficult names and to have a profile, I think this is the reason that it's still growing - and not at a cheap price, it sells at the £6.99 and £7.49 price point and it seems to work. People are willing to pay if it's a reliable product.

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Market conditions continue to be volatile for sterling

Published:  06 August, 2012

Current market conditions continue to be volatile for sterling with rapid movements in either direction, according the exchange specialist for UK businesses, Smart Currency.

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Mike Matthews: My take on LIWF 2012

Published:  01 June, 2012

So as the dust settles on another year at London's premier wine show I ask myself, what did I make of it all and what has changed over the years?

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Personnel change for ProWein organisers

Published:  16 May, 2012

German trade fair ProWein has announced a change in leadership of its senior management team.

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