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David Schildknecht

David Schildknecht will headline Treasure of Europe’s German Pinot Road Tour 2013 with an invitation-only workshop and tasting devoted to German Pinot Noirs (Spätburgunder) at the VDP in Mainz on August 25. He will present and discuss an array of Pinots from top estates as well as under-the-radar winemakers in several parts of Germany — VDP members as well as other accomplished Pinot-makers.

David trained in philosophy and worked as a restaurateur before spending a quarter century in the U. S. wine trade. His reports were long a fixture of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. Since 2007, he has written full time for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, covering inter alia Austria, Germany, much of France, and – more recently – North America outside California.

A columnist for The World of Fine Wine (U.K.) as well as for Vinaria (Austria) and an occasional contributor to Wine & Spirits (US), David’s musings on wine can also be found periodically in the forums at and as well as in Ed Behr’s The Art of Eating. He is responsible for the German wine entries (and, beginning with the 4th edition, those on Austria as well) in The Oxford Companion to Wine and a co-author of the seventh edition of Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide and Parker’s Wine Bargains.

David has addressed issues of aesthetics in contexts including the International Philosophy of Wine Conferences, The Network for Sensory Research and as a guest instructor in a sadly short-lived pilot course on aesthetics at the U.C. Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. An avid and perpetual forager and home cook, his life in wine occasionally permits him to pursue his passions for music, history, and his infinitely tolerant wife of nearly four decades.