Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Riesling Primer

The Napa Valley Register recently ran a fascinating piece on Riesling, the still-unnecessarily-maligned (or, at the very least, widely misunderstood) grape variety that far too many people think produces only sweet, syrupy wine. (This, of course, could not be further from the truth, but still too many people insist…)

The article provides a solid debunking of these persistent Riesling myths, in addition to introducing a new scale that some producers are using in order indicate clearly, once and for all, just how sweet the wine inside the bottle is going to be. (There’s an image of the scale below.)

And if you want more information on this great grape, you might want to poke around the International Riesling Foundation’s web site, from which I copied the chart above. There are some excellent resources on it about the grape itself, its characteristics, and more. It’s probably best to visit the site with a glass of Riesling nearby. Personally, I like the J.J. Prüm Riesling Spätlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2007, but any nice one will do.


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