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German Pinot Noir put to the test

Published:  24 October, 2011

Some of the world's top Pinot Noirs will be pitted against the best from Germany at a blind tasting at the end of this month.

Wines of Germany has recruited a host of wine experts to judge wines from world-renowned Pinot Noir producers at the International Pinot Noir Tasting on October 28 at Texture in London.

The panel, chaired by Tim Atkin MW, includes Jancis Robinson MW, Xavier Rousset MS, Stephen Brook, Anthony Rose, Christine Parkinson, Peter McCombie MW and Gearoid Devaney MS.

The German wines included in the line-up were selected from over 300 German Pinot Noirs at a pre-tasting in September, judged by Atkin; wine buyer for the Tate, Hamish Anderson; and German wine experts, Stephan Reinhardt, Christina Fischer and Alexander Kohnen.

Steffen Schindler, marketing director for the German Wine Institute, said "Everyone knows that Germany is famous for its world-class white wines, but the quality and scale of our Pinot Noir production is relatively unknown internationally.

"Germany is the third biggest producer of Pinot Noir in the world and with this tasting, we hope to show that our best Pinot Noirs can compete with the best in the world for quality and value for money."