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By: gabe

Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:02:28 +0000

Dr. Loosen is a brilliant winemaker, but in my many years as a wine retailer, I never had anyone come in looking for Dr. Loosen the way they look for Rombauer Chardonnay. It just seems like German Riesling has never grasped the everyday drinker the way California Chardonnay has. Paul Grieco is another story. While he seems to be reaching a pretty small audience, I think he has the right idea. I recently saw a friend who lives in New York, and she told me about various events all over the city connected to "Summer of Riesling". I think if this idea could spread across the country, it might be the shot in the arm riesling needs.



By: Dr. Vino

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:30:13 +0000

Gabe - I thought Dr. Loosen and Paul Grieco were already in the role?



By: gabe

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 01:08:07 +0000

Interesting point Dr. V. Maybe a lack of a global ambassador is the reason that riesling has never quite taken off.



By: Dr. Vino

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:12:10 +0000

Hi Dominic - Yes, the HK auction market has shown Burgundy a lot more love recently. But the question here was who drives the trends and influences the wine market? In the auction world, it may be the market mechanism with Bordeaux simply being overbought. But for the average (mainland) consumer, there were some interesting views here. Gabe - Yes, Riesling does go well with Asian cuisine! Who could be the tastemaker who shifts it that direction in China? George - Yes, I thought it was interesting that none of the respondents suggested that Robert Parker was a top influencer. Even in the high-end market, the shift to Burgundy (where Parker has not even reviewed the wines personally for a decade or more) is further indication of his reduction in influence.



By: George Wong, Wine MBA

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:53:39 +0000

Certainly the “Emperor of Wine” will command the most influence on wine in China. My conclusion is that Wine is a commercial product. The customer ultimately decides what is perceived to be high quality. The winemaker can have a vision for what they wish to create and, providing they have the grapes and skill, can craft a wine of significance. The perception of the customer can be influenced when they tasted the wines, but they cannot be coerced to like the wines. Winemakers can set the trends or benchmarks, but in the long run the market decides what it wishes to buy and consume. It is what the wine makes them feel or sense that constitutes its worth and could be greatly influenced by the social and narrative dimensions of the wine experience. Cheers George Wong, Wine MBA Oenologue & Consultant



By: gabe

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:23:56 +0000

i would think german riesling would be the perfect wine for the chinese market. it's high acidity makes it a great partner for any food (unlike most big reds), the residual sweetness makes it an easy wine for wine novices to appreciate, and it has enough history and complexity of flavor to be appreciated by wine connoisseurs. the only problem is that i've been hearing about the coming riesling explosion ever since i started drinking wine, and it never seems to happen...



By: Dominic Lockyer

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:01:16 +0000

Interesting thoughts. It will be interesting to see what wine next takes off in China. I believe sales of Burgundy and Italian wines are on the rise and everyone in Australia seems to be trying to break the Chinese market. Perhaps Alsace might be one to watch.