California Wine Tasting at the Embassy

From left to right: Ms. Claudia Schug Schuetz, Prof. Dr. Erik Schweickert, Mrs. Emerson, Ambassador Emerson

On December 5, 2013, Ambassador Emerson opened a tasting of California wines for German students from Geisenheim University. This event was proposed by Prof. Dr. Erik Schweickert, a former member of the German Bundestag and is currently a professor in the Department of Economics at Geisenheim University. Claudia Schug Schuetz from the California Wine Institute led the tasting, which included instruction on California’s wine culture and history. U.S. wine sales to Germany have grown recently and are on target to reach $100 million in 2013.