Riesling Downunder, one of the world’s top Riesling events, will kick off this weekend, running from February 4-7. If you’re in Melbourne or Sydney, it’s a great way to spend some quality time with Dr. Loosen winemaker and worldwide Riesling evangelist Erni Loosen.
Here’s a handy list of potential Erni sightings at the various events.
Saturday, February 3 (Melbourne)
Look for Erni at the Riesling Downunder Welcome Party
Sunday, February 4 (Melbourne)
Erni will be at Riesling Riot at the Plaza Ballroom, Regent Theatre in Melbourne. The following wines will be poured at the Riot: NV Dr. Loosen Sekt, 2016 Dr. Loosen Dry Rieslng, 2016 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett and 2016 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG (dry).
Monday, February 5 (Melbourne)
Erni will be at the Tradition, Trials & Today’s Table masterclass, presenting a Dr. Loosen collaboration with Clare Valley’s Jim Barry estate: 2016 Foudre Ferment – Lodge Hill Block Select Riesling.
Tuesday, February 6 (Melbourne)
At the Site & Style masterclass, Erni will present the Dr. Loosen 2016 GG (dry), Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese Rieslings from the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. The idea is to explore how this vineyard site expresses itself across various styles of Riesling, and what the producer has to do to respect and bring out the unique properties of the site.
That same day, Erni will appear on a Q&A panel called Relevance of Riesling to talk about Riesling’s potential on the global marketplace and what producers can do to realize that potential. His 2016 Dr. L Dry will be poured to prompt discussion.
Wednesday, February 7 (Sydney)
Erni will be in Sydney for Riesling Riot, pouring NV Dr. Loosen Sekt, 2016 Dr. Loosen Dry Rieslng, 2016 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett and 2016 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG (dry).
We hope to see you there!