By Jim Boyce | I’ve long thought the world had but one prominent member of the German royal wine family, a woman sometimes referred to as a ‘queen’ and sometimes as a ‘princess’. How little I knew. It turns out there is not only a queen, but also two princesses, circumnavigating our planet and spreading the word about all things wein und Deutschland.
That German wine queen, Josefine Schlumberger, visited Beijing last week, a trip that coincided with Riesling promotions, and she seemed to make the most of her time. From an Aman Palace dinner with Constantin Press and Wine Contor (see my recent talk with him here) to afternoon tea with Frank Pan of Wollemi Wines to an interview and a scooter ride with Claudia Masueger at CHEERS, it looked like royally good fun.
According to the Wines of Germany site, Schlumberger is the 67th German wine queen and will serve for one year. There are also two wine princesses, Katharina Fladung and Caroline Guthier. No word on whether there are any German wine kings, princes…
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