TORONTO, NOVEMBER 14, 2017 – Less than two months into her reign, German Wine Queen, Katharina Staab, is setting a royal foot on Canadian soil, November 16 to 19, as part of a global road show organized by the German Wine Institute to educate wine lovers on the merits of its wines.
She will visit the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 16 – 19. There she will share her knowledge of the country’s appellations at the Wines of Germany tasting bar, featuring 20 different wines.
The German Wine Queen title is a hotly contested national competition that pits regional wine queens against each other to determine who will best represent a German wine sector that is growing and rich in heritage. Participants must demonstrate clear and strong ties with German wines either through their own knowledge, training or ties to local wine production.
Once victorious, after a nationally-broadcasted TV extravaganza that this year took place September 29, the new Queen embarks on a grueling 12-month schedule of travel to more than a dozen countries. Canada is the first overseas country Queen Katharina will visit.
“It is very important for a representative from the German wine industry to visit Canada,” said Ulrike Lenhardt of the German Wine Institute. “And we’re thrilled to welcome the Queen and to have her accompany us at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. Hundreds of German wines are released in Canada each year, and so it’s essential to educate Canadians on our appellations and how to pair them.”
“And there’s much to enjoy all year long with the first-class wines that Germany has to offer,” she added.
“We have a great sense of pride in what we produce in Germany,” said the new Queen. I’m so pleased to be visiting Canada to share the passion we feel for our wines.”
Visitors to the Wines of Germany booth at the Expo will be able to meet Queen Katharina and sample the following wines, available at the LCBO:
|LCBO #||Name Of Product||General List (GL) / Vintages (V)||Price|
|523894||Fritz Willi Riesling Feinherb QbA||V|
|320473||Ruppertsberger Linsenbusch Gewurtraminer Spatlese||V||$17.95|
|501080||Bend in the River Riesling||GL||$10.95|
|394825||Black Tower Classic Riesling||GL||$11.95|
|580118||Black Tower Dornfelder Pinot Noir||GL||$10.95|
|15875||Moselland Bernkasteler Kurfurstlay Riesling||GL||$10.95|
|286237||Clean Slate Riesling||GL||$12.95|
|291971||Villa Wolf Pinot Noir||GL||$14.95|
|8094||Deinhard Green Label||GL||$11.95|
|599274||Dr Loosen Riesling 2015||V||$14.95|
|259183||Relax Red Blend||GL||$12.95|
Also available for tasting at the ‘sommelier corner’ will be a selection of special wines available either in Vintages, online at LCBO.com, at the German Boutique Store at 115 King Street South in Waterloo, Ontario or through private order.
|LCBO #||Region||Wine Name||German Wine Boutique/ Online||Bottle Price|
|282565||Baden||Heitlinger Pinot Noir||O||$27.95|
|237502||Baden||Hex Von Dasenstein Grauerburunder 2015||O||$20.65|
|496547||Rheingau||Balthasar Ress Riesling Kabinett 2014||V||$19.95|
|944181||Pfalz||Darting Gewurtraminer Kabinett 2015||V||$19.95|
|496554||Mosel||Dr Pauly Bergweiler Riesling Feinherb||V||$17.95|
|496505||Pfalz||Lucashof Weisserburgnder 2015||V||$20.95|
|Producer||Region||Wine Name||Awards/ Accolades||Bottle Price (750ml)|
|PETER JAKOB KÜHN||Rheingau||2016 Jacobus Riesling Trocken||Byodynamic / Germany 2016 wine maker of the year||$25.47|
|SCHLOSS LIESER||Mosel||2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett||Germany 2015 wine maker of the year||$29.72|
|SCHLOSS LIESER||Mosel||2016 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Auslese||Germany 2015 wine maker of the year||$58.82|
|A. CHRISTMANN||Pfalz||2016 Reiterpfad-Hofstuck GG||Biodynamic||$72.88|
In addition to the Wines of Germany pavilion, visitors to the show can join in on a tutored tasting seminar featuring German wines:
Sat. Nov 18 5:30 – 6:30 pm
More information and tickets can be found at www.foodandwineexpo.com The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo features more than 1,500 fine wines, spirits and beers from around the globe and plays host to about 45,000 guests each year. To purchase tickets for the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo visit www.foodandwineexpo.ca
Germany is the eleventh-largest exporter of still wines to Canada with approximately 409,000 cases sold in 2016, representing a total volume of approximately $60 million in sales. The country is the largest producer of Riesling with 60 per cent of total Riesling production worldwide. It enjoys a growing presence in red wine as well thanks to Pinot Noir and increasingly popular wines from the regions of Baden and Ahr.
Statistics from the LCBO reveal that Ontarians are enjoying higher quality German wines. German wines witnessed significant growth in the category of bottles retailing at $15 -$20 and double-digit growth for those retailing at $25 and more!
German Wine Queen Election Process
Each autumn, since the first German Wine Queen was elected in 1949, one woman from each of Germany’s 13 wine-growing regions competes to become the German Wine Queen, an ambassador for German wines worldwide. Candidates compete before a 70- member jury comprising professionals from the wine industry, government and media who judge contestants on their knowledge of complex issues related to wine, as well as poise, charm and confidence. The winner must be from a vintner’s family or have studied oenology, be unmarried, and a minimum of 18 years of age. The winner is announced during a two-hour television broadcast in Germany.
About Wines of Germany
Wines of Germany, the exclusive Canadian office of the Deutsches Weininstitut, aims to convey the character, breadth and quality of German wines to Canadians through educational and promotional activities. It is the primary information source on German
wines and the country’s growing regions for members of the wine trade, media, and Canadian consumers. The promotional and educational efforts of Wines of Germany focus primarily on Riesling, the most famous German grape variety. Visit www.germanwinecanada.com for more information.
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