Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a German wine tasting at my favorite local wine shop “Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar”…mrbillswinecellar.com
When we think of German Riesling, don’t automatically think “sweet”…think “apples and peaches and freshness” instead. And definitely think wine and food pairing because these wines are fabulous with food ~ especially the spicy cuisines of Thailand and India. Fabulous with German fare too…spicy sausages, hearty pork dishes…
I purchased this bottle to take home…2013 Hansen-Lauer Reisling Brut SEKT b. A. $20 range. Fresh apple and peach notes with Mosel minerality. Dry yet fruity, refreshingly effervescent. I found this sparkling to be a better food pairing wine than a sipping wine. Pair with shrimp, tempura or Thai food.
My favorite sips from the wine tasting:
2013 Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese. $18 range. Sun-riped grapes resulting in a “buttery touch of sweetness” that reminded me of chardonnay. Luscious with a long finish. This wine would be lovely paired with Thai food.
2014 Seebrich Riesling Spatlese. Notes of apricot. Rich with minerality that is high enough that it gives the impression that the wine has a little effervescent spritz. Smooth finish. $19 range.
2015 Heinz Eifel Beerenauslese. $25 range. Nice dessert wine with peach and nectarine notes. Not too syrupy. made from hand-selected individual grapes that have been affected by ‘noble rot’, a fungus that dehydrates the grapes and adds a rich honey flavor to the wines. Pair with stone fruit desserts or blue cheese.
Here’s a link to Food and Wine 15 Rules for Great Wine and Food Pairings:
Food and Wine recommends pairing off-dry Riesling with sweet and spicy dishes: The slight sweetness of many Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and Vouvrays helps tame the heat of spicy Asian and Indian dishes.
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