A mere fraction of the bottles from the 2017 Rieslingfeier Gala Dinner... (photo: Italo Lombardi)

Rieslingfeier 2018: This year with more Alsace!

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The sixth annual Rieslingfeier is almost upon us! This year the Gränd Tasting and Gala Dinner will take place on Saturday, January 27th, and although the Gala Dinner has sold out, there are still tickets available for the Gränd Tasting at Craft Restaurant. We highly encourage folks to attend, as the Gränd Tasting is a fantastic opportunity to meet winemakers while tasting through 50+ Rieslings, which (if you ask me) makes for a delightful afternoon. For more information and to purchase tickets to the tasting, check out the Rieslingfeier website. For those who snagged tickets to the Gala (BYO) Dinner or want to throw their own gathering in honor of the festivities, we've listed some special bottles of Riesling in a variety of vintages, styles, and sizes along with some selections from visiting winemakers. In further celebration of the 'Feier, we at Chambers Street Wines are thrilled to host an all-star lineup of winemakers for in-store tastings* of our own in the week leading up to the big event:

Christoph Schaefer of legendary Mosel estate Weingut Willi Schaefer in Graach will join us on Monday, January 22nd from 5-7 PM to pour a line-up of their stunning Rieslings from 2016!

Gernot Kollmann of Immich-Batterieberg in Enkirch will be pouring in store on Thursday, January 25th from 5-7 PM. We will be tasting through an assortment of his fantastic wines from the 2015 vintage as we eagerly await the 2016ers to arrive in New York!

Last**, but definitely not least, on Friday, January 26th, from 5-7 PM, we will be having not one, but two of our favorite winemakers from the Saar in to pour their elegant and electric 2016ers: Florian Lauer of Weingut Peter Lauer (Ayl) along with Johannes Weber (his brother Franz and Lars Carlberg) from Hofgut Falkenstein (Konz)!

Hope to see you drinking Riesling. Prost!


*Tastings are listed on the right sidebar of the CSW website, and will update with any changes to the schedule as they occur.


**Last for the week, but the events continue, please stay tuned for more information about (and a chance to sign-up for) an in-store tasting and seminar with great friend to wine and Chambers Street: the eloquent and erudite wine writer and critic David Schildknecht on Saturday, February, 3rd! We can't wait!  Cari Bernard

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Nikolaihof 2010 Wachau Riesling Steiner Hund Reserve

The top billing of the Steiner Hund vineyard delivers in spades in this gorgeous 2010 Riesling. The nose is mesmerizing with aromas of limewood, Doyenne du Comice pears, chestnuts, licorice, tarragon, and allspice. The wine floats effortlessly on the palate and is held aloft by a refined minerality that offers notes of Granny Smith and fresh ginger through to a bitter orange finish. A stunning apéritif! - David Salinas

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Koehler-Ruprecht 2015 Pfalz Kallstadter Riesling Kabinett Trocken

Grapes from Saumagen, Annaberg, and Steinacker--the whole range of Koehler-Ruprecht's vineyards. Even from a ripe vintage in the Pfalz, there's still a vibrancy and freshness amongst the juicy notes of peach and apricot, yuzu, grapefruit, and mango on the palate. Cari Bernard 

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Koehler-Ruprecht 2015 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Auslese Trocken

Koehler-Ruprecht farms a southeast-facing parcel that lies within the boundaries of the original Saumagen vineyard area; a storied, grand cru site with calcareous limestone soils. True alchemy in the glass, weighty and concentrated yet totally luminous! The intense flavors of mango, peach, and cinnamon linger and one can't help but see this as a mini-R bottling--very age-worthy. Cari Bernard

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Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 6 'Senior'

Lauer ‘Senior’ is Florian’s nod to making a style of wine his grandfather (Peter Lauer Sr.) would enjoy. His aim is to make a feinherb, weeknight wine from 70-year-old, ungrafted vines on the Kupp. With each passing vintage, Senior always seems to over deliver--for the price, the level of complexity is outstanding. The nose is less fruit-forward than the palate, with notes of oatmeal and stone, herbs, and Fuji apple. The wine is vibrant and just slightly off-dry with a deft balance between fresh green and bold tropical flavors--green fig, underripe peach, and tart green plum with pineapple and white blossom. Cari Bernard

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Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Unterstenberg

Covered in eroded gray slate, Unterstenberg is the site on the Ayler Kupp that has some of the most water retention due to its location at the foot of the hillside. Notes of peach, orange zest, apple compote, and red grapefruit on the nose open up to a rich and fruit-forward palate boasting ripe apricot, yellow apple skin, and pineapple. Spicy and bold! Pair with grilled Thai curry squid, crab cakes over a citrus salad. Cari Bernard

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Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Lambertskirsch Riesling Kabinett

Lambertskirch is a parcel (not too far from Schonfels) that during its long history has gone from vines to fruit trees and forest overgrowth. The Lauer family rented vines on the hillside until the 1990s, when the owners chose to pull up the vines. Florian purchased the plot in 2010, cleared and replanted the 0.2 hectares in 2012 with old-vine cuttings from five different vineyards. 2016 marks the third vintage (second as Kabinett) from this predominately southeast-facing site where large pieces of gray slate litter the ground between the vines. Wisps of honeycrisp apple, key lime zest, nectarine, kiwi, and tiny white blossoms fill the nose, the palate is young and fresh, with cool minerality balancing the silky lime and kumquat oils, juicy tangerine, bitter pollen and green apple candy on the finish. Cari Bernard

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Schaefer, Willi 2016 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10 1.5 L

The AP numbers chosen by the Schaefer family reflect a style rather than a specific vineyard plot, with the #10 often having a bit less concentration than #5 and a bit more lift and minerality. This year's #10 boasts ginger spice with a touch of white flowers on the nose, the wine is both juicy and mineral, with linear flavors of green mango and apple-- a bit tight to open now, this bottle should age wonderfully!! Cari Bernard 

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