Riesling Rocks – Why I Love It + What to Eat With It

If A Tree Falls Riesling - Club W platingsandpairings.com

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.

If A Tree Falls Riesling - Club W platingsandpairings.comThis 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:

Curry Lime Chicken Skewers platingsandpairings.comMiddle Eastern

Curry Chicken Skewers with Lime (pictured above), Naan with Mint & Cilantro Chutney, Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Apple Celery Root Slaw platingsandpairings.comSalads

Apple & Celery Root Slaw (pictured above), Eccentric Wedge Salad

Kee Mao Drunken Noodles platingsandpairings.comAsian Fare

Pad Kee Mao (pictured above), Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken, Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Pork Kimchi Bowls platingsandpairings.comMexican

Carnitas Taco Bowls with Kimchi (pictured above), White Chicken Chili

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! 

 

18 comments

  1. Chloe | The Paper Airplane

    All of these pairings look so good!

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  2. Pech

    Pairing riesling with Asian food is something people miss out too often, the sweet acidity is a great counterbalance to the complex flavors of many ethnic cuisines!

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    1. Erin

      Agreed! You said it perfectly Pech!

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  3. Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife

    I’m admittedly not a big fan of Riesling but have had a few recent releases that I’ve enjoyed. I will have to check this one out! And that Pad Kee Mao recipe looks amazing…I might have to try out that recipe soon, too!

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    1. Erin

      Marlynn – The Pad Kee Mao is one of my favorite recipes of ALL time!!! If you’re going to give Riesling another shot, chose a dry one and pair it with this dish, I think you just might change your mind 😉

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  4. Danielle

    Your photos always make my mouth water!! I love a good Riesling and I am definitely pinning that curry chicken skewers with LIME (my favorite!) recipe for later. Thanks for sharing, cheers! 🙂

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    1. Erin

      Aawww – Thank you for the nice compliment Danielle and for the pin! Cheers to you as well! (PS – I think you’ll love the chicken skewers!!!)

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  5. Jen

    I wasn’t a fan of Rieslings until I took a wine tour in New Zealand. I’ll definitely have to check some of these out… And we just made kimchi for the first time so we’ll definitely have to try that carnital taco bowl recipe soon. Thanks as always for these great food ideas!

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    1. Erin

      Oooohhhh… Definitely try the carnitas taco bowls with kimchi, and the riesling, and both together!!!

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  6. Rachel Lloyd

    I’ll admit- I’m not a huge white wine drinker, but this makes me rethink! Love the pairings!

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  7. CATHerine

    First of all I love the wine name and label!! Also this post made me very excited to enjoy a glass of Riesling now that Kiwi is born. Mm!

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    1. Erin

      Isn’t the label cute?! The cork says “Does it make a sound?” – Never judge a wine by its label, but… An adorable one doesn’t hurt!

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  8. Jenni

    I’m a huge fan of riesling and a lot of my friends/ family snub their noses at it! Sometimes I crave a reserve sweet riesling that pairs nicely with a spicy thai dish. Other times I crave an extra dry riesling that is crisp and beautiful with a summer salad. This summer I’ve read so many beautiful wine posts (and am currently abstaining due to pregnancy) and all I can think about is getting to next summer to try out ALL the wines! Beautiful pairings!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Jenni and congratulations on the pregnancy – So exciting!

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  9. Tracy

    It’s nice to know the NW states are top producers in the US. I’m thankful to live in such an abundant, fruitful place.

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    1. Erin

      I totally agree Tracy – We’re so lucky to live amongst all these great wines (Pinot, Riesling, Chardonnay…)!

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