Plain + Simple – Riesling Rocks!!! If you’re a frequent visitor to my blog, you may have noticed that I have a bit of an obsession with Rieslings. It’s a bit more off the beaten path than your traditional white wine varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. I say it’s good to be different… It’s also good to have an amazing wine that is exceptionally adept at pairing with most cuisines and foods.
Rieslings come from a variety of locations: Germany, Australia, France, Austria, New Zealand, and, let’s not forget the United States. There are over 9,000 acres of Riesling growing in the U.S. with Washington being the largest Riesling producing area, alongside California, Oregon and the Finger Lakes region.
This lovely Riesling was sent to me by Club W. If A Tree Falls Riesling from Yakima Valley, Washington shows off all of Riesling’s best characteristics – Light-bodied, with flavors of white peach and tart apple, it finishes with a dry mineral note, and is just beggin’ to be paired with Indian or Asian cuisine.
Washington state Riesling plantings date back to 1967 in the Yakima Valley. Today, Washington has emerged as a world class Riesling growing region. Washington’s high summer temperatures, combined with temperate winter weather, provide an opportunity for full-flavored yet elegant wines. Cool evenings preserve the crisp acids essential to quality Riesling, resulting in the incredible balance celebrated in Washington Riesling. There are currently 50+ Riesling producers in Washington, all producing very delightful yet affordable wines, with most ranging from $8-$22.
Washington Rieslings exhibit a juicy fruit-forward characteristic with a bit of minerality, The amusing balance between acidity and sugar is what allows this great wine to partner with a variety of different dishes – Saucy middle eastern dishes, rich meats, tangy Asian fare with pops of lime and ginger, light salads, and spicy Mexican dishes are all flattered by Riesling. You would be hard pressed to find a more accommodating wine to stand up to the wide variety on international dishes on today’s tables.
Here are some great examples of foods that I’ve featured on Platings and Pairings that play well with Riesling:
So, may I suggest diving into a bottle of Riesling and settling down with your favorite food? Chances are, your dish will be flattered by it’s great balance, and, if you’re not already a fan, Riesling just may just become your most beloved pairing partner. Cheers!
NOTE: Club W sent me a complimentary bottle of their delicious Yakima Valley Riesling to review. I pay for my own Club W subscription and was not paid for this post. However, there are several Club W affiliate links which would earn me some lovely wine should you choose to join with me!