Of all the many Paulee-like events that seem to be springing up these days (in which wine collectors pay money to bring their own rare wines to a festive dinner, an odd structure but an increasingly popular one), I have a soft spot for Rieslingfeier in New York. Maybe that’s because amid the wash of well-heeled Burgundy and Bordeaux collectors, Riesling lovers are…a little bit kookier. Or geekier. There’s very little broad social cred for being a Riesling fanatic, after all—the only people who really care are other Riesling fanatics.
In any case, at Rieslingfeier this year (February 20, in NYC; tickets went on sale this week), there’s the usual wine-soaked bacchanalia dinner, a mega-BYOB shindig with hundreds of bottles of great Riesling floating around. But more useful for the less obsessed among us (and more affordable) is the first ever “Gränd Tasting," which, for $29, offers people a chance to taste Rieslings from 16 top-flight producers. Both the current vintage, 2014, and older wines will be poured.
That’s an incredible deal. But, if you can’t make it to NYC, here are a few great Rieslings to track down in your own town: