David Schildknecht

David Schildknecht worked as a restaurateur before spending a quarter century in the U.S. wine trade. His curiosity and affection were aroused by bottles of German Riesling savored during his University years, but it was only after he entered the trade, and especially after (in chronological order) Barbara and Johannes Selbach, Terry Theise and Rudi Wiest found their ways to Rex Wine & Spirits in Washington DC that David became a real Riesling convert. David’s tasting reports from Germany were from the late 1980s, a fixture of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, and appeared from 2005-2014 in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Since 2015, he has reported on wines of Germany, Austria and parts of France for Antonio Galloni’s Vinous. A columnist and feature contributor for Wine & Spirits, The World of Fine Wine and Austria’s Vinaria, he is responsible for the German entries in the recently-published 4th edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine and a co-author of the seventh edition of Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide.