WILD-ly practical wine recommendations & advice

WILD for Riesling Week!

That’s right it’s RIESLING WEEK!!!!!

This week (through the weekend), top restaurants and retailers around the country will be offering a special selection of world class European Rieslings.  Drink some this weekend!  You can find more details here: http://www.destinationriesling.com/week

I’m jazzed about this celebration of nectar; if I had to pick a favorite grape variety…. It would be Riesling.

What I like about Riesling is the broad range of aromas and flavors that can be produced from this grape –  simultaneously lemon and citrus, peaches and apricot and minerality reminiscent of wet stone (in a good way!) with a crisp,  palate cleansing finish.

Oh, and the many faces of Riesling…

POINT OF INTEREST>>>Riesling is the grape variety of Germany.  The different levels of sweetness will be described with some crazy German words on wine labels such as:

Trocken (dry- that would be NOT sweet)

Halbtrocken (slightly sweet)

Spatlese (literally “late harvest” this is slightly sweet)

Auslese (this is sweet )

Trockenauselese (sweeter still)

Beerentrockenauslese (sugar coma – have a syringe of insulin at hand when you drink this)

One of my favorite Rieslings represents a collision of old world and new world.  The famous German winemaker, Ernst Loosen has partnered with Chateau St. Michelle in Washington State to create a great domestic Riesling in the Germanic style – outstanding.   It’s called Eroica (NOT erotic, despite the sexy label – get your head out of the gutter).  It’s named for Beethoven’s Third symphony.

Chateau St Michelle Eroica Riesling 2008

This wine has a hint of sweetness and is full of peach, orange and lime aromas and flavors along with the traditional minerality and crisp, clean acidity associated with German Riesling.  An excellent pair for seafood as well as Asian food and Indian curries.  This wine is priced at $19-21 a bottle.

But fear not, if you’re looking to spend less, you can pick up Dr. Loosen’s German Riesling for $10 a bottle.  It’s simply called Dr. Loosen Riesling and it’s from Mosel, Germany.  It will be slightly sweeter than Eroica, but a good representation of Riesling.

Enjoy and GO WILD

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