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Riesling Raises its Profile this Month

June is the time to raise a glass or three of German Riesling, in Hong Kong and Macau.

A few years ago it was mostly a sommelier’s favourite. Now growing in popularity with diners who enjoy a glass or two with a meal, German Riesling has its very own wine and food pairing festival throughout June.

For the fifth year running, Riesling Weeks presents a number of Rieslings from Germany – the best-known producing country for this grape variety. A launch event offers members of the public a chance to try a wide range of wines, while 27 restaurants in Hong Kong and a smaller number in Macau are presenting either wine and food pairings or more varieties of German Riesling by the glass and bottle. Hong Kong wine shops have some attractive offers on wines of this type, too.

A public tasting on June 2 presents more than 100 German examples, ranging from the driest trocken styles to the sweetest lieblich, and from the casually affordable to age-worthy vintages from the best regions (Mosel, Rheingau and Nahe, among others).

Not only are producers and members of the official German wine board (Wines of Germany) on hand to explain characteristics of – and pairing tips for – the wines, but a touch of glam will be in the room, in the form of German Wine Princess, Christina Schneider. She may wear a sparkling tiara and carry a regal title but don’t be fooled: this young woman from Franconia, a wine region in northern Bavaria, is no mere beauty queen. Highly knowledgeable on matters vinous, she’ll happily answer questions on Riesling and other German wines.

Check the German Riesling happenings at restaurants and wine shops, plus the launch event details at the Riesling Weeks website: rieslingweeks.hk