Of course, the pun is intended! Although I’m not a huge fan of the ABC reality show, Bachelor in Paradise, I love the social media chats after each episode. Is he or she “in it for the right reason”? Do these “fan favorites or controversial characters” want to find love or sign a [fill in the blank] contract? Basically, who cares? I don’t! However, I do care about wine. When I have a sip of this favorite adult beverage, more often than not, I reach nirvana. Cares just slip away, I click the “off” button, and enter into total relaxation mode… without drama.
I’m a wine lover in paradise with very few heartbreaks (or palate disappointments). Lately, though, I was in it for the right Riesling. Here’s why.
It occurred to me at some point that I haven’t tasted many Rieslings. Very few choices are on the wine list at restaurants I frequent, rarely does anyone brings a bottle of Riesling to a party, and my Millennial offspring, one of whom craved the sweet style, now love Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir. What? This wine lover had to search for some Riesling love…
This fruity, aromatic white wine is cultivated predominantly in the Mosel, Nahe, Rheingau and Pfalz areas of Germany, the Wachau in Austria, Alsace in France, the Clare and Eden Valleys in Australia, and the Finger Lakes region of New York where both dry and sweet examples are produced. Of course, I discovered delicious Rieslings that are produced in regions that you may consider surprising: Israel and California.
One of the many alluring characteristics of Riesling is that it can be found in styles ranging from dry to sweet, thanks to its ability to ripen late and grow in a variety of climates. A lovely Riesling may exude flavors of lime, green apple, orange, jasmine, and petrol. This variety doesn’t benefit from malolactic fermentation or oak ageing and can be kept up to ten years. Curious as to food pairings? Complement a sweet Riesling with any Asian food such as spicy Thai or sushi, Southwestern fare (tacos!), or your favorite pulled pork sandwich. A bone-dry style will complement chicken piccata, halibut stew, or fresh seafood. For more detailed information about Riesling, click here.
Urban Riesling 2016 Nik Weis Selection ($15) is a wonderful wine (and that price!) produced by Nik Weis, best known as winemaker and third generation owner of St. Urbans-Hof, a premier estate in Germany’s Mosel Valley. His Urban Riesling (the name is an homage to St. Urban, the patron saint of winemakers) is produced under his Nik Weis Selection label that offers non-estate selections. Riesling grapes are cultivated in the Mosel’s blue slate vineyards and valley floor vineyards with gravel and river sediments. On the nose, I craved each whiff of stone fruit, pear, lychee nuts, orange rind, yellow flowers, and hint of almonds. Dry with the smallest dab of residual sugar, the palate exploded with mouthwatering acidity, refreshing flavors of juicy stone fruit, refreshing minerality, and a long, full finish.
Cheers! ~ Cindy