Category Archives: Riesling

A Tale of Two Rieslings. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: BEX 2010 Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany. Less than $10, 11% ABV. RECOMMENDED: Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA. 11% ABV.

When dining out, instead of ordering a bottle of wine, or two glasses of the same wine, I like to create my own flight by ordering glasses of different wines to compare and contrast. This is especially fun when dining … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: The Négociant 2009 Riesling, California. 13.5% ABV, $14.99.

This is a delicious, off-dry (slightly sweet) version of Riesling. Soft and silky in the mouth. Pears; delicious tropical fruits; lemon finish. Refreshing, beautifully balanced between acidity and sweetness. LABEL NOTES: The Négociant is a woman of mystery and sophistication: … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve “Summation,” White Wine Blend (33% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Viognier, 15% Chardonnay, 9% Semillon, 6% Roussanne, 6% Pinot Blanc, 2% White Riesling, 2% Muscat Canelli), California, 2009. 13.5% ABV. $11.99, available for $9.99.

Sometimes my love and I surprise each other with a new wine and the “Guess!” game. The winner gets one of his or her wishes granted. When I first sniffed this beauty, I confidently said, “Chardonnay.” But as soon as … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Gobelsburger 2009 Riesling, Kamptal, Austria. $16.79-19.99, available for as little as $13.95. 12.5% ABV.

We’re stunned at the wide variety of styles that can be produced from the Riesling grape. Still, sparkling, and everything in-between. Austere/dry, to cloyingly sweet. The Schloss Gobelsburg was slightly effervescent (not quite frizzante), and even reminiscent of Champagne in … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Flipflop Riesling, NV. American (Left Coast, primarily Washington state). $6.99. 12% ABV

COLOR: Pale yellow. AROMA: Peach, apricot, melon. TASTE: Tropical fruits, balanced sweetness. Creamy, surprisingly medium-bodied. Still. FINISH: Surprisingly long. This wine is moderately sweet, somewhat creamy, and direct. By “direct” I mean that compared with many austere and “serious” Rieslings, … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Hermann J. Wiemer 2006 Semi-Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY. $18. 12.1% ABV.

This summer, we have enjoyed several different Rieslings. They have all been delicious, yet they have all been radically different from each other. Some sparkling, some still—some sweet, some dryer than Champagne! Frankly, Evan Dawson’s book “Summer in a Glass” … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A book! “Summer in a Glass” by Evan Dawson.

Engaging, entertaining profiles of winemakers in the up-and-coming Finger Lakes region of NY. The book reads like a novel, but these are real people, and at the end of each chapter I’m almost sorry to leave each new friend/expert and … Continue reading

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