Battle of the Rieslings Tasting

Tastings every Friday 5-7

This Week- Rieslings

“Riesling vines, likely native to Germany’s Rhine Valley, were well-tended by Benedictine and Carthusian monks and the noble families in the 15th century. However, it wasn’t until some 200 years later that Riesling’s popularity took off. At the end of the Thirty Years’ War, when the French were given control over Alsace in 1648, most of the destroyed vineyards were replanted to Riesling. Recognizing a good idea, Schloss Johannisberg, in Germany’s Rheingau region, replanted all of its vineyards to Riesling in 1720. Mosel quickly followed and, in 1787, the Elector of Trier at the time, Clemens Wenzeslaus, decreed that all “bad” vines should be ripped out and replaced by Riesling. The frenzy was underway.

The next century marked Riesling’s apogee. In the late 1800s, German examples enjoyed a global reputation and garnered prices on par with those of Bordeaux first-growths and Burgundy grands crus. Britain’s Queen Victoria was a noted devotee. In 1900, Egon Müller, the famed estate from the Mosel’s Saar district, won a Grand Prix at the Paris Exposition International. Riesling was Germany’s pride and joy, and its most widely grown grape.

But Riesling’s birthplace also happens to be the site of its decline. World Wars I and II resulted in the mass destruction of Germany’s vineyards; afterward, the country’s wine industry focused largely on quantity over quality. That drift favored earlier-ripening, less finicky varieties such as Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau. Riesling vines that remained were trained to produce higher yields, resulting in inferior wines.” -Wine Spectator Read More

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling

Washington- Owner/Winemaker Randall Graham has been know to blend fruit from Germany or California to produce this interesting Riesling. Peach, melon and tropical fruit flavors mingle with a hit of spice in this crisp, dry Riesling. Great with Pacific or Asian cuisine.

Trimbach Riesling

ABV: 12.5%

Region: Alsace, France   Appellation: Alsace

For 12 generations, since 1626, the Trimbach family has produced wine in Alsace. Expect a structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced wine that is ready to enjoy now, but also has excellent aging potential. 

FOOD PAIRINGS: seafood, light meats, white and butter sauces, mild-flavored cheeses

Leitz Rudesheimer Drachenstein Riesling Dragonstone

Riesling is one of the perfect pairings with all the diverse dishes that can be found on the Thanksgiving table. Under the direction of Johannes Leitz, Weingut Josef Leitz has earned the reputation of being one of Rheingau’s top growers and moreover, one of the finest producers in Germany. Dragonstone is the wine that established Letiz in the US. It is a dynamite bottle that’s super friendly with excellent flavors and natural acidity. Coming from the Rüdesheimer Drachenstein, the pure quartzite soil, being a silicate, lends a saltiness to the orange citrus-flavored wine which buffers the acidity and counterbalances the palpable sugar.complex.

Ich Bin Ein Riesling

Fresh and fruity, medium bodied with aromas of green apple and citrus with a crisp finish. Ich bin ein Rielsing embodies the rebellious nature of Berlin’s street graffiti: I am inspiring, rebellious, authentic and inclusive. Ich bin ein Riesling is an easy drinking everyday wine.

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