Room 304, No. 31
Yutian Zhi Lu
Senior Wine Tutor @ The Grepea Wine & Spirit Institute
VDP: Your first encounter with German wines?
Rachel Wang: When I did harvest in Saar region in 2010
VDP: What is your favourite story to tell about German/VDP.wine – did you have highly emotional experience with our wines / producers?
Rachel Wang: I used to stay with Ebert family from Schloss Saarstein in 2010. Every moment during that week, I can remember all details: Charlotte played piano after diner, Vicky and Stephanie taught me how to make icecream, and we prepared cake party for harvest party: two delicious cakes from Andrea, all pickers had tea or coffee under a sunshine day.
When Andrea Wirsching told me I had a really good palate after a family tasting one night, I felt encouraged. And in order to let me know german wine well, she drove me from Saar to Franken. We talked and shared personal life during this 8 hours journey. Since that, I begun to know Riesling, Silvaner, know Eagles. To be honest, no one knew VDP even wine professional when I wrote an article about VDP in 2010, so, I put a sentence, “ Simple, please remember the Eagle, which means Quality”.
VDP: How many bottles of German wine/VDP.wines do you have in your cellar?
Rachel Wang: Except a few bottles of Italian wines, 4 bottles of French wine, 1 champagne, the rest are German VDP.Wines, more GG and Spatlese. More than 50 bottles, I think.
VDP: What is your favourite vineyard in Germany – and why?
Rachel Wang: MORSTEIN, Best place for GG Riesling.
VDP: If it comes to German grape varieties, what is your favourite? Riesling, Spätburgunder or other?
Rachel Wang: May I say Riesling and Spaetburgunder, Only German can make average high quality, wide range style Riesling in the world, and I can find really elegance Spaetburgunder, and German Pinot noir has a bright future.