Wine: Finding perfection in a glass

With tales of forced labour camps and prisoner of war escapes, the Riedel family history reads like a WWII adventure story, writes Tomás Clancy.

21st September, 2013
Georg Riedel: 'If a sommelier brings me out the wrong glass, I say 'go and get me a plastic beaker, it will be better than this.' Photo: Maura Hickey

Georg Riedel stands in front of a large audience in the Shelbourne hotel in Dublin. The chatty hum falls into silence. His presence has generated huge excitement, and just a twinge of fear, among the representatives of the wine trade sitting near the front of the stage.

It is a strange feeling akin to attending a popular class or lecture. We are excited to hear the teacher and watch the show, but are also hoping...

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