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Pinot Noir Tasting: Germany Contra Rest of the World

October 4, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Dear German Wine Society Members and Friends of German Wine,

Pinot Noir, like Riesling, does one thing better than any other grape in the world:  expresses site, climate and vintage.  In this exciting tasting, you’ll have the chance to experience some of Pinot Noir’s most distinctive terroirs as you sample 12 delicious, distinctive, Pinot Noirs from Germany and around the world. 

We’ll take a global tour of Pinot Noir styles – but with a distinctly Germanic flair!  Annette Schiller will pour and present 6 Pinot Noirs from Germany ranging from cool-site “village” level wines through more robust (for Germany, at least!) Pinots from warmer locations and Grand Cru vineyards.  Next to each German example, Doug House of Chain Bridge Cellars will present examples of Pinot Noir from typical vineyards located in Burgundy and beyond.  By the end of the tasting, you’ll have a new-found understanding and appreciation of Pinot character in all its diversity and charm.

There is a red wine revolution going on in Germany and the world increasingly takes note of it. 30 years ago, the share of red wine in total German wine output was not more than 10 percent. This has increased to more than 30 percent. One out of three bottles of German wine is a red wine. In terms of Pinot Noir, Germany is now the third biggest producer in the world, after France and the US. 

We’ll taste:


2012 Pinot Noir Tradition Paul Fürst Franken    

2011 Pinot Noir S Meyer-Näkel Ahr

2009 Spätburgunder  Ökonomierat Rebholz Pfalz

2011 Sonnenberg Pinot Noir Jülg Pfalz  

2011 Sommerhalde Spätburgunder GG Bernhard Huber Baden

2009 Ihringer Winkelberg Spätburgunder GG Dr. Heger Baden

Rest of the World:

2012 Chateaux de Vaux Pinot Noir Les Hautes Bassieres Moselle France

2012 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon

2012 Domaine Pillot Mercurey Rouge Burgundy

2012 Domaine Jean-Michel Guillon Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexis 2012 Burgundy

2010 Rovero Lajetto Pinot Nero Italy

2013 Pali Bluffs Pinot Noir Russian River 

Annette is currently in Germany and France, conducting her Fall Tours by ombiasy PR and WineTours, and will purchase some of the wines directly at the winery and hand-carry them back to the US for out tasting. 

Doug House owns and runs the popular Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean. He says that he and Chain Bridge Cellars have only limited insight into German wines, which probably is an understatement, but I can assure you that they cover the rest of the world extremely well.  Doug visits Burgundy annually and tours Oregon and California Pinot vineyards frequently as well.  Together, Annette and Doug will give you plenty of information, provide lots of opportunities for questions, and guarantee that you’ll taste some very satisfying wines!

The price for this very special event will be $35 for members, and $42 for non-members.   The Board encourages all members and friends of the Society to reserve as early as possible, as this event is expected to be very popular. We will be limiting attendance to 30 guests. 

The event will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2015, from 5 pm to 7 pm at Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean.

Address: 1351 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101, United States

Phone: +1 703-356-6500

There is plenty of parking. 

The event will be in the tasting room of Chain Bridge Cellars, which is located in the basement. Please note that there are only stairs and no elevator.

All Society members and guests are reminded that alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication, and therefore Society members and their guests are expected to drink in moderation at Society events.  It is advisable to provide designated drivers or other modes of transit where available, or mostly to taste rather than consume alcohol where such drivers or alternative means of transportation are not available.   

Event coordinator:  Annette and Christian Schiller aschiller@ombiasyPR.com

We now have two options to reserve and pay for attendance at our events!   Members and guests can still send in a check, as in the past, to the German Wine Society:

Please send your check to:

German Wine Society
1600 Clarendon Blvd., W105
Arlington, VA 22209

We request you include the following information: Name(s), Total Enclosed, Email, & Phone Number.

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October 4, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Annette and Christian Schiller


Chain Bridge Cellars
1351 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22101 United States
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