I confess, I used to think of Riesling in that one word: sweet.
Then, a miraculous thing happened.
We went to the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival and the heavens parted (it did rain, so only a slight exaggeration) and lo and behold, there were Rieslings that were another word: dry.
Life as a Riesling disciple
Friday afternoon when we were sitting at Ajax Tavern planning our Saturday agenda at Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, I stated to our son, “Oh, there’s a Riesling tasting. You know they’re not all sweet.”
Sometimes I forget he’s a certified sommelier – so yes, I got the smirk, eye roll and the, “You think?”
He then told me that Paul Grieco was leading it, so yes, it was a good choice.
Two roads sometimes lead to the same path.
A man with a grape mission
An evangelist of the Riesling grape, Paul Grieco will, within 45 minutes, convince you that there is no reason for a white wine list to contain anything but Riesling and the juice should have your uncompromising devotion.
Okay, while you may not be instantly converted as a Riesling disciple, Mr. Grieco delivers his message with such mischievous, authoritative conviction that it is hard not to quickly exalt the Riesling with great admiration.
Reasons to love Rieslings: The Wines
The Riesling seminar was a walk through Rieslings from around the world, from dry to that other word, sweet.
When asked the price point of one of the wines, Mr.Grieco simply stated, “They’re all priceless.”
Three days in Aspen with 5,000 friends, enjoying 80+ cooking demonstrations & wine seminars and a Grand Tasting Pavilion with over 300 wines & luxury lifestyle brands. And, that was just the daytime activities.
Throw in evening and after-hour parties on nearly every corner (and quite a few houses), concerts, dinners, and a 5K charity run, and you have a weekend in Aspen like no other.
Food & Wine Classic in Aspen: Food
With a who’s who of top chefs gathered in Aspen, you never knew when you were going to wind up chatting with Bobby Flay or mingling with Gail Simmons.
The hottest chefs were in attendance – delivering their latest culinary creations, leading cooking demonstrations and seminars, signing cookbooks, and mixing and mingling with attendees – all making for a fabulous foodie experience.
The who’s who chef line up: Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Giada De Laurentiis, Emeril Lagasse, Tom Colicchio, José Andrés, Danny Meyer, Gail Simmons, Jacques Pépin, Michael Symon, Ming Tsai, Paul Qui, Grant Achatz, Rick Bayless, Tim Love and more.
Exceptional wines from around the world, and at all price points, were on hand to be discovered, tasted and enjoyed at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
Seminars with wine experts & sommeliers provided opportunities to explore and gain a greater appreciation of wines from different grape varieties and wine styles worldwide. A perfect chance to learn from the oh so entertaining Anthony Giglio or the evangelical guru of Rieslings, Paul Grieco, the seminars offered up-close, in-depth wine experiences with wines yet undiscovered by most wine-drinkers, but most likely to be acquired in the future.
The who’s who of wine experts: Bobby Stuckey, Josh Wesson, Steve Olson, Mark Oldman, Antonio Galloni, Paul Grieco, Anthony Giglio and more.
In addition to the seminars, hundreds of wines from winemakers spanning the globe awaited sampling at the Grand Tasting Pavillion
Food & Wine Classic in Aspen: Grand Tasting Pavilion
“Wow, that Doña Paula was good.”
“Chris Ford at Godiva is so cool and the ice cream truffles, divine.”
“My favorite was the crostini with cranberries, pesto and goat cheese.”
“That Malleolus was, to use a term learned in a wine seminar, yummy.”
“You have to get a Patron popsicle!”
And, the list of overhead exclamations goes on and on.
The Grand Tasting Pavilion, hosting five tastings throughout the weekend, featured over 300 wines and countless culinary delights, and served as the epicenter of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, where attendees raved about the selection, creativity and vast selection to be savored.
Tickets go on sale in December for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2016 and will be available on the Food & Wine website, so mark you calendars for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2016 to be held June 17-19, 2016.
While you’re at it, mark down Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2017, to be held June 16-18, 2017.