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  • January 21, 2014
  • The Second Annual Rieslingfeier

  • by Stephen Bitterolf

RieslingsfeierLogo2The second annual Rieslingfeier will take place in New York City, February 20–22, 2014. For this year's event, nine of Germany's greatest winemakers will be in attendance: Clemens Busch, Cornelius Dönnhoff, Florian Lauer, Johannes Leitz, Egon Müller IV, Hansjörg Rebholz, Christoph Schaefer, Frank Schönleber, and Christian Vogt of the Karthäuserhof.

Rieslingfeier, which translates very simply to “a celebration of Riesling,” is an annual event that seeks to celebrate German Riesling, to offer a greater context for this incredible history of viticulture, and to re-emphasize the historical importance of terroir. The cornerstone event is the Rieslingfeier Dinner. Inspired by Daniel Johnnes’s famous Burgundy fête “La Paulée,” it is very likely the greatest German wine "BYOB" dinner in the world, with both producers and guests bringing special bottles from their cellars to share. Rounding out the Riesingfeier program for 2014 are a set of smaller, "collectors' table" dinners on February 20 and 22. These events give a more intimate context for the estate owners to present back-vintage bottlings from their cellar and to discuss their personal styles and philosophies. David Schildknecht, the German wine scholar and critic for The Wine Advocate, will host a seminar with four Rieslingfeier growers on February 22 and, finally, a series of free and open-to-the-public retail tastings, called the "Riesling Crawl," will be held on the same day featuring all the Rieslingfeier growers and a number of the most important German wine retailers in New York.

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Stephen Bitterolf founded Rieslingfeier in 2012. A passionate advocate for Germany's culture of winemaking, Bitterolf was the Wine Director at Crush Wine & Spirits in New York, where he helped to develop one of the largest German wine programs in the country before founding his own import company, vom Boden. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, son, and lots of German Riesling.

  • On January 27, 2013, Stephen also posted an article on the inaugural Rieslingfeier in NYC. It was a festive two-day event.

  • Andrew Bair says:

    Although I won’t be there this year, I’m hoping to go to Rieslingfeier sometime in the next couple of years or so, when I have some time off to use.

    I’m also very happy to see the vom Boden wines turning up in Massachusetts in recent months, and look forward to more in the future. Although I haven’t met Stephen personally, a visit to Crush on one of my trips to New York a few years back provided me with my introduction to Weiser-Künstler. Thankfully, I no longer have to travel that far in order to buy these wines.

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