Talk: Rathskeller: German Art and Wine
This fun afternoon event offers a sampling of German art, wine, and food. Following a private gallery tour of the special exhibition Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, head to Ray's, where the restaurant's sommelier, Stefan Juling, will guide a wine tasting. A native of Würtemberg, in Germany's southern wine region, he will share expert tips and knowledge about wines from his homeland. The wines will be accompanied by authentic food from the region. Mary Lenihan, director of adult programs for the museum, will lead the tour.
The wines to be sampled include a sket (German sparkling wine); a silvaner, one of the Franken region's premier white wines; a Riesling from the renown Joseph Leitz winery; a pinot noir, which is growing in importance among German winemakers; and a Lemberger, a red wine made from grapes from the Würtemberg area. The ancient Romans first introduced grapes and the tradition of winemaking in Germany, making it one of the oldest wine-producing regions in Europe. Always respected, German wines are being appreciated by an ever widening audience.
Image: Albrecht Dürer, Portrait of Jakob Muffel, 1526, photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie/Jörg P. Anders/Art Resource, NY