A common misconception is that all Riesling wines are sweet. Although some styles are, depending on where the grapes are grown, Riesling wines span the sweetness scale, from very sweet, to slightly sweet, to dry (not sweet). Aromas and flavors vary as well, and can be reminiscent of honey, floral, stone-fruit (apricots, peaches) or even petroleum (gasoline-like). Originating in the Rhine region of Germany, the Riesling grape grows best in cooler climates, notably Germany, Austria, Northern France and the Northeastern U.S.
Pairs well with: Lighter, dryer offerings go well with delicate (or raw) fish and shellfish; sweeter, more full-bodied varieties are best with spicy Asian food, and smoked or vinegar-heavy dishes.
|Lindeman’s SE Australia Bin 75 2007||$8|
$10 – 20
|Charles Smith Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl Evergreen Valley 2008||$12|
|Heath Wines Clare Valley Southern Sisters Reserve 2008||$22|
Riesling - Underappreciated Until Now!
Overly sweet flavors and and a petrol-like aroma have given Riesling a bad rap over the years, but with a little bit of information and of course being wise to drink GOOD bottles of Riesling, we hope to change some opinions... Compared to other wines, Riesling is fermented in colder conditions for shorter periods of time which results in higher amounts of natural sugars and a lower alcohol content, both hallmarks, but also both criticisms of Riesling. To what end do we find an answer! How about in this segment! Jo-Ann Ross, CSW is at her finest gliding through the origination of the Riesling, why it should be loved and which bottles to love.