Sechs Deutsch Winzer Gehen in eine Kneipe
German is a very simple language I’ve been told, however it’s still a mystery to me. So you’ll have to forgive the title of this very rare Saturday FLB post. If Google Translate has set me on the right path it says, Six German Winemakers Walk into a Bar. But really it could say anything.
For some reason I blindly trust Google far more than I probably should.
Here’s the exciting news, the bar they are walking into is the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery and Wine Bar in Troy. And they aren’t just there to hang out. They are there to conduct a tasting of their wines which represent several of the country’s different wine growing regions.
There are three reasons why this event is getting me to break my prohibition against Saturday posts. One is that learning about German wines is something that everyone in New York State should want to do (since our climate is more Germanic than Mediterranean). Two is that the event is coming up shortly, Monday evening to be precise. Three is that Vic at the wine bar has generously offered me two tickets, one of which I’m willing to share with a lucky reader.
If you want to win, you have to move fast.
Regardless of if you win this little contest, you should still absolutely buy a ticket to this event. And that’s not the free ticket talking. I swear I was going to pay to go to this even though it’s early on a school night and required some intense negotiations with Mrs. Fussy.
Here’s the press release from the event:
When it comes to world-class wine, most Americans think California, France or Italy first. But this Monday, a Troy wine bar will help show that Germany rivals all others in aromatic, ultra refreshing white wine production.
On March 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Charles F. Lucas Confectionery and Wine Bar will host six German winemakers, representing five classic wine growing regions of their country. During the event, each winemaker will present sample wine selections from their estate, paired with artisanal cheeses selected by the Confectionery staff.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for upstate wine enthusiasts,” said Heather LaVine, Confectionery co-owner. “Having this many talented winemakers in one space is extremely rare.“The following winemakers are scheduled to attend:
Karin Fischer, Dr. Fischer (Saar Region)
Paul Anheuser, Anheuser (Nahe Region)
Vic Christopher, assistant general manager of the Confectionery, is quick to point out that the tradition of winemaking in upstate New York has German roots.
“There’s a lot of guys from Germany in the Finger Lakes doing good stuff with wine because the climate’s similar,” said Christopher.In the past, German wines were always considered “sticky-sweet,” but in recent years modern German winemakers have started to make white wines in much drier style to match consumer demand.
Frederick Wildman & Sons Importers are underwriting the event.
Cost for the event is $25 per person, which includes wine tasting samples and cheese. Tickets available at www.lucasconfectionery.com
You get that these are the winemakers. Not just their marketing representatives. These are the people who know their wines inside and out. You’ve got questions, they’ve got answers. And each one promisses to bring multiple wines from their estate.
I’ll have more on the winemakers tomorrow.
For now, let’s focus on the winning. Because the clock is ticking. By midnight tonight I’ll have selected a winner. Just leave a comment below about your self-assessed knowledge of German wines from one (Germany makes wine?) to ten (you know how many days of sunshine each growing region gets per year) AND a couple of words about why you are most excited about this event. A winning entry will be picked from all qualifying comments at random
later tonight. Comments need to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Saturday, March 2, 2013) DEADLINE EXTENDED: Entries will be accepted until 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 3. The winner will be announced later on Sunday. If you enter, please make sure that you can actually make the event on time. And as always, no whining.
If you don’t win there should still be enough time to buy tickets to the event. Good luck. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.
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Note: More detailed information about the winemakers, wineries, and wines they will be pouring is now available here.