The misunderstood. 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 such as Sauvignon Blanc.
- 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.
Grace Lane 2014 Yakima Valley Riesling $12
Smooth, floral and sweet with juicy citrus; bright and long. 88 Points
Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Gold Columbia Valley $30
Silky and smooth with ripe, juicy fruit; creamy, balanced and sweet, creamy and luscious with sweet, intense flavors. 92 Points
Dr. Loosen 2014 Dr. L Mosel Riesling $12
Racy, crisp and juicy with off-dry style; minerally, bright and fresh; long and elegant. 89 Points
Wittman 2014 GG - Trocken Westhofen Morstein Rheinhessen Riesling $40
Smooth and pure with crisp, dry and precise flavors of citrus; juicy with minerals and tangy acidity; long and lifted; a stunning expression of the noble riesling grape from a family that has been making wine since the 1600s and has now converted to biodynamic winemaking. 94 Points