International Cellar’s Summer of Riesling Entry

Wine Vendors – When you’re planning your future Summer of Riesling promotions, take a page from Jacquie Man at International Cellar in Oldsmar, Florida. Here was her wonderfully creative entry in our 2012 Summer of Riesling contest:

“I teach a weekly, evening wine class at our wine shop, and plan to wrap up the Summer of Riesling with a class and Oktoberfest celebration (German foods, paired of course, with Rieslings) featuring the Dr. Loosen Dry Red Slate and Dr. Loosen Blue Slate wines.

I have been working with Andrea Davidoff, my contact at Wines of Germany in New York City, who has gone above and beyond, and secured for me some German red slate and blue slate rock samples, so that I can give my students a true idea of the terroir, and make the wines of Germany that much more relevant, realistic, and tangible to them.

Since my teaching includes both a wine tasting segment, and classroom learning segment, I have written and will be handing out my version of the Dr. Seuss book, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” (see below).

I think this will make the class both fun, and memorable, and will keep my students talking about the evening’s events for weeks to come, which of course means they will be talking about Rieslings!

One Slate, Two Slate, Red Slate, Blue Slate

(with apologies to Dr. Seuss)

One slate, two slate, red slate, blue slate.
Black slate, blue slate, old slate, true slate.
Slate is red and slate is blue, slate is old and never new.
Some wines are sweet and some are not. And some just really hit the spot.
Why are some thought good or great? I just don’t know – must be the slate.
Some are Mosel, some are Rhine, and some I could drink anytime.
From there to here, from here to there, German wines from everywhere.
Here is one I like to say: trocken – beren – auslese.
Oh me! Oh my!
Oh me! Oh my!
What a lot of wine to buy.
Some have two styles, some have four.
Some have six, and some have more.
Where do they come from?
All I can say
Is that they’ve come a long, long way.
We see them come.
We see them go.
Some sell fast
They don’t sell slow.
Some are high priced.
And some are low.
Not one of them is like another.
The perfect choice
This Riesling Summer.