March 24, my birthday, we spent at Schloss Johannisberg for the annual board of directors meeting for the International Riesling Foundation. This year it was hosted by Schloss Johannisberg in Germany's famous Rheingau wine region. Schloss Johannisberg sits atop a mountain along the picturesque Rhein river. The meeting started out with a glass of Schloss Johannisberg Sekt (Sekt is the name for Sparkling wine produced in Germany) and went up hill from there. The meeting lasted until Lunch. Lunch was at the Schloss Johannisberg's own restaurant. The wine was a beautilful troken Kabinett Riesling paired with trout or schnitzel. Lunch was wonderful matching the wine wonderfully and the view over looking the Rhein was great.
After lunch we had a tour of the Estate with a walk through the narrow planted mountain side vineyards, culminating in wine caves dating back to the 13th century.
After the tour we went through an extensive Riesling wine tasting. First wines tasted were all the wines from the participating members and Board of directors. Among the Scott Harvey Mendocino Riesling were wines from South Africa, Canada, France, Austria and Australia. We each explained our wines as they were tasted. Next came an extensive tasting of Rheingau Rieslings, also each being presented by the producer. What a wonderful opportunity to get to know the Rieslings of the Rheingau and the world.
After the tasting we barely had time to check into our accommodations at Cloister Johannisberg before we had to get back for big dinner again at Schloss Johannisberg. This time all the stops were taken out when it came to trying great Rieslings. The oldest Riesling we had was from 1966, proving that Riesling is the white wine that ages well.
Needless to say it is a birthday I'll always remember.