Wines of Germany to host Somm Sessions with Jan Konetzki

Wines of Germany will host the second in a four-part series of events in Brighton next month, this time shining a light on the country’s low intervention wines, hosted by sommelier Jan Konetzki.

It follows the success of Wines of Germany’s first Somm Session which examined innovations in Riesling.

The second in the series will discuss Germany’s experimental, low-intervention and biodynamic wines, and will take place at the zero-waste ethical restaurant Silo, which was founded by Douglas McMaster.

The sessions will be led by award-winning sommelier Jan Konetzki.  Born in Germany, Konetzki is ambassador for Château Latour and Artemis Domains, with his career to date including head sommelier at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

The sessions will see Konetzki guide sommeliers through low-intervention wines, exploring the new styles and varieties that Germany has to offer.

He said: “The buzzwords of natural, biodynamic and organic wine are well established with the trade and are gaining traction with consumers.”

Wines of Germany has found that, in recent years, the UK market has introduced an increasing variety of wines from the coolest wine producing region, with this trend set to continue.

Conducted by The Wine Maker earlier this year, a survey of 156 independent merchants in the UK resulted in 76% of participants claiming that they were considering increasing the number of German wines on their shelves in the near future.

McMaster said: “At Silo we lead with the zero-waste concept when it comes to food and with our drinks list, we always ensure that our offering is carefully sourced; from sustainable cocktail ingredients to carefully crafted wines. We’ve recently added some really interesting biodynamic wines from Germany and we’re looking forward to showcasing them at the Wines of Germany Berlin take over event this spring.”

Taking place on April 18, the first Somm Session in the series will be open to members of the on-trade who can register their interest in attending by contacting Wines of Germany directly by emailing germanwine@thisisphipps.com.

The evening will give members of the public the opportunity to join the Berlin takeover, where Wines of Germany will host an informal dinner in partnership with Silo.

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