Cellar Master David Spurrell, an expert in the wines of Germany, kindly offered his home as the venue for a very interesting and informative presentation of German wines. David, who together with his wife Alice, is a graduate of the German Wine Academy spoke to our members and guests of the history of German winemaking and how to read German wine labels, the quality levels from the first category of QbA wines or Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebeite to QmP wines or Qualitätswein mit Pradikat (now renamed Prädikatswein) ranging from Kabinett to Trockenbeerenauslese (“TBA”) wines. Just as importantly, we learned how to pronounce some of those lengthy German words! David also talked and recounted several personal experiences about the various wine producing regions and the top vineyards and best producers in each region.
During the evening, we tasted Kendermanns Riesling Brut Sekt (Mosel), followed by a 2006 Dr. Loosen Dr. L. and 2006 Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Riesling, both QbA wines from the Mosel region. Just what the doctor ordered to start the evening! They were followed by a 2006 Toni Jost Bacharacher Hahn, a Kabinett from the Mittlerhein and a 2005 Balthazar Ress Hattenheimer Schützenhaus, a Kabinett from the Rheingau.
We then moved on to a pair of 2005 Spätleses from the Mosel – Bichofliches Ayler Kupp and Dr. Thanisch Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr followed by a 2005 Dr. Loosen Erdener Trepchen, an Auslese from the Mosel. Finally we were treated to a special 1994 Beerenauslese from the Franken region, the Bürgerspital Würzburger Stein Harfe, a special purchase from the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival Bacchanalia Gala and Auction and a rare opportunity to taste an excellent older wine.
By the end of the evening, our members knew a great deal more about German wines and thanked David for an excellent presentation.