Summer of Riesling is Nearly Here!

Acidhounds get ready! With June just around the corner, hundreds of the finest restaurants and wine bars in the Northern Hemisphere are getting ready to celebrate “Summer of Riesling,” from June 20 to Sept. 21 by offering Riesling by the glass and bottle.

In 2011, the original goal was to get participation by 75 restaurants. The final tally: 222,
or triple the goal. For 2012, the goal is 500.

“The enthusiasm was incredible,” says our pal Manhattan restaurateur, acidhound and Riesling fanatic of Terroir Wine Bars Paul Grieco, who created the Summer of Riesling concept and orchestrated the 2011 national program.

“This was not a hard sell at all,” Grieco says. “So many of my colleagues love Riesling and know
how versatile it is with many foods, and they just said sure, we’re in.”

If you love Riesling–or if you want to love Riesling: you’ve got a lot to look forward to. Restaurants and bars will be offering special flights of Rieslings, tastings, Riesling dinners, and filling their wine lists with very special bottles.

If you’re in the wine trade: get in on the action! Participants get publicity and support, including special “Summer of Riesling” t-shirts, temporary Riesling tattoos, buttons, window stickers, and lots of information about Riesling.

Our Operations Manager, Clifford Robben, was so excited about Summer of Riesling that he couldn't wait for his temporary tattoo and went for the real thing.
Loosen Bros. USA is Here to Help You Celebrate

And, of course, we hope you’ll include Rieslings from Dr. Loosen, J.L. Wolf, Weingut Robert Weil, and Von Schubert/Maximin Grünhaus in your celebration, all available from Loosen Bros. USA. And, of course, don’t forget the excellent wines of our Eroica Riesling partner, Chateau Ste. Michelle.

SPECIAL in JULY:31 DAYS OF GERMAN RIESLING

And for those of you with a particular affection for 60 percent of the world’s Riesling vineyards, don’t forget that July brings a special event within Summer of Riesling: 31 Days of German Riesling. In July, participants will highlight their passion for the wines of the Mosel, the Pfalz and beyond.

To learn all about Summer of Riesling, visit www.summerofriesling.com, or follow the fun on Facebook and Twitter. Information also is available on the International Riesling Foundation’s web site, www.drinkriesling.com.