Riesling is having something of a renaissance in the U.S. wine market as more and more consumers are discovering the charms of this noble variety. Unfortunately, many people overlook Riesling, assuming it’s going to be cloyingly sweet, which is simply not true. You just have to find the right Riesling for what you’re eating.
Dry Rieslings are made from grapes picked early in the growing season so the sugars barely began to develop. They’re great with dinners suitable for other white wines. Semi-sweet Riesling is very adaptable as well, perfect for those who love the taste of white wine, but shy away from super-tart varieties. Sweet Riesling grapes are picked later in the season after they’ve developing more sugar content. They are beautiful wines to start off a dinner party with.
Here are some recent Riesling’s I’ve tried and loved.
Dr. Loosen 2015 Dry Riesling, Mosel, Germany $12
Silky and crisp with bright, juicy lime and peach fruit; balanced, long and stylish. 90 Points
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Riesling, Columbia Valley $20
Juicy and crisp, tangy and dry with racy citrus and lively acidity. 90 Points
Navarro Vineyards 2015 Riesling, Anderson Valley $20
Smooth and silky with crisp acidity and racy, dry fruit; juicy, fresh and balanced with tangy, long style. 92 Points
Carrick Wines 2015 Bannockburn Riesling, Central Otago, New Zealand $21
Bright and tangy, juicy, rich and off-dry; peach, apricot and citrus; fresh and balanced. 91 Points
Dr. Loosen 2015 Spätlese Riesling, Mosel, Germany $34
Silky and bright with elegant sweet peach fruit; pure and refined; long and rich. 93 Points