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
336735 Baden Gerwurztraminer GL $12.10
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
621888 Relax Riesling GL $12.95
395517 Uber Riesling GL $14.10
286237 Clean Slate Riesling GL $12.95
291971 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir GL $14.95
8094 Deinhard Green Label GL $11.95
60004 Deinhard Dry GL $12.95
488593 Relax Bubbles GL $13.95
175026 Funf GL $10.95
599274 Dr Loosen Riesling 2015 V $14.95
259183 Relax Red Blend GL $12.95
490102 Anselman Dornfelder V $13.95

 

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
PRIVATE ORDER
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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For more information:

 

Lisa Ulrich

Wines of Germany (Canada)

c/o Andros Communications

(905) 637-2100

lisa@androscom.com