Program Schedule

Sunday, July 14th 2013

  • 2:30pm
    Bus Service

    from Seattle Marriott Waterfront to Chateau Ste. Michelle for participating producers.

  • 3:15pm
    Bus Service

    from Seattle Marriott Waterfront to Chateau Ste. Michelle for 3-day event pass holders.

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    VIP & Trade Hour

    for Grand Tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle

  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Riesling Rendezvous Grand Tasting

    Explore the finest Rieslings from around the world, sample Riesling friendly fare and enjoy live music on the picturesque grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville.

  • 7:00pm
    Bus Service

    for early departure from Chateau Ste. Michelle to Seattle Marriott Waterfront.

  • 8:15pm
    Bus Service

    from Chateau Ste. Michelle to Seattle Marriott Waterfront.

Monday, July 15th 2013

  • 7:00am - 9:00am
    Continental Breakfast

    at Bell Harbor International Conference Center

  • 9:00am - 9:30am
    Welcoming Remarks

    Ted Baseler, President, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Ernst Loosen, Weingut Dr. Loosen and Stuart Pigott, eminent Riesling authority and noted author.

  • 9:30am - 11:30am
    General Session: International Tasting Dry Riesling

    A blind tasting to explore a global selection of extraordinary Rieslings produced in the dry style. Moderated by author John Haeger.

  • 11:45am - 1:15pm
    Regional Riesling Lunch
  • 1:30pm - 3:15pm
    Breakout Sessions:
    • A) Riesling’s Outer Limits: Stuart Pigott leads an entertaining exploration of daring and innovation, in a search for the most individual expressions of Riesling from unexpected places.
    • B) Proving That Terroir Matters: New research shows a clear connection between terroir and specific flavors and aromas in Riesling. Presented by Ulrich Fischer PhD, Professor of Enology, Center for Wine Research, Neustadt, Germany.
    • C) Winemakers Only Roundtable: To Blend or Not to Blend? A candid discussion about the relative benefits and challenges of single-vineyard vs. blended Rieslings. Moderated by Bob Bertheau and Ernst Loosen.
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    Walk Around Tasting & Activities at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront
    • Showcase of Riesling from Featured Regions
    • Pairing Riesling with Smoked Salmon: presented by German food writer, Ursula Heinzelmann.
    • Riesling & Cheese Tasting: presented by Oregon's Rogue Creamery.
    • Riesling Taste Test: How Dry/Sweet is it? Where would you place it on the IRF scale? Presented by the International Riesling Foundation.
    • Riesling Friendly Appetizers
    • and more...

Tuesday, July 16th 2013

  • 7:00am - 9:00am
    Continental Breakfast

    at Bell Harbor International Conference Center

  • 9:00am - 11:00am
    General Session: International Tasting Beyond Dry Riesling

    This blind tasting will look at global examples of Riesling with perceptible sweetness, from off-dry to sweet dessert styles. Moderated by award-winning journalist Tim Atkin, MW.

  • 11:00am - 11:30am
    Riesling Research & Revelations

    Presented by International Riesling Foundation

  • 11:45am - 1:15pm
    Regional Riesling Lunch
  • 1:30pm - 3:15pm
    Breakout Sessions:
    • D) The Electric Riesling Acid Test: The Effect of Sweetness and Acidity with Food. Presented by Emily Wines MS.
    • E) Marketing Riesling: Preaching beyond the Choir: An open, in-depth discussion about what producers, trade and journalists can do to bring more people to Riesling. Moderated by author and TV host Leslie Sbrocco.
    • F) Masters of Riesling: Grosses Gewachs: A tasting and detailed presentation of recent changes in German wine regulations regarding vineyard classification, wine styles and nomenclature. Presented by Steffen Christmann and Wilhelm Weil.
  • 3:45pm
    Bus Service

    from Bell Harbor International Conference Center to Chihuly Garden and Glass.

  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Farewell Reception at Chihuly Garden and Glass

    Marvel at the spectacular art of Northwest glass master Dale Chihuly while enjoying Northwest microbrews, wine, hearty appetizers and music. The Chihuly Garden and Glass is located at the Seattle Center in the shadow of the iconic Space Needle. A dramatic way to bid farewell.

  • 7:15pm
    Bus Service

    from Chihuly Garden and Glass to Bell Harbor International Conference Center.