This is Theo Haart and me, posing with his 1971 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Auslese. This is a wine of which I guessed the vintage! Truthfully, Rudi Wiest tipped me off on this one, since I was about fried tasting (long day in a long week) and he said to me, "Well, this one should wake you up." Well, with that kind of warning, I assumed it had to do with my birth year, and so it did. Others guessed this wine to be from the 80s. 1971 was Theo Haart's first vintage that he made (in 1972) and he has been the king of Piesport (when it comes to wine) since!
Okay this is not in Germany, but this is when the German winemakers came to LA for their annual vintage release trade tasting. That's Hanno Zilliken, very nice man, famous Saar winemaker. I later visited his estate.
And also at this same tasting, the famous Robert Eymael of Monchhof Estate, the funniest winemaker I know. What a great sense of humor. Everyone loves him, most of all, our customers, who are still asking "When is Robert Eymael coming back?" He did a tasting for us last year, and who knows? Maybe he will come again. We even had some customers who took him up on his offer to stay at his estate - they went to visit him and of course had a super blast in the Mosel, the most beautiful place on earth!
And last but definitely not least, the man who makes it possible, German wine importer extraordinaire, Mr. Rudi Wiest.