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January Wine- Riesling
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Vote for Your Fav Wine Review- Riesling
spryte
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lissah
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ImStuffed
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ddpie
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:55 am    Post subject: January Wine- Riesling Reply with quote

Oh I'm so excited to pick this months wine! I wanted to choose a white and a variatal that would suite the gamut of tastes in our wine club and this one does. I've tried quite a few, everything from very dry to very sweet and although I tend to drink the sweeter ones in the winter and semi-dry in the summer months, I have loved them all so far. Hope you enjoy it!

Just a side note, a lot of the "ice wines" are made from riesling grapes. If you want to try out a (really) sweet dessert type wine, look for one of those. Smile

JANUARY WINE: Riesling
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FROM WIKIPEDIA:
Riesling is a white grape variety which originates in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. As of 2004, Riesling was estimated to be the world's 20th most grown variety at 48,700 hectares (120,000 acres) (with an increasing trend)[1], but in terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the "top three" white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine's place of origin.

Also, this:
Riesling wines are often consumed when young, when they make a fruity and aromatic wine which may have aromas of green or other apples, grapefruit, peach, honey, rose blossom or cut green grass, and usually a crisp taste due to the high acidity. However, Riesling's naturally high acidity and range of flavours make it suitable for extended aging.

Food pairing suggestions:
Riesling is a versatile wine for pairing with food, because of its balance of sugar and acidity. It can be paired with white fish or pork, and is one of the few wines that can stand up to the stronger flavours and spices of Thai and Chinese cuisine.

Suggested serving temps: As with other white wines, dry Riesling is generally served at a cool 11 °C (52 °F). Sweeter Rieslings are often served warmer (although I serve/drink ALL varieties/types, especially ice wine, very cold Wink )


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm am sooooooo excited!!!! I had a feeling you were going to pick that!! I voted for you hoping you were.

I had one on New Year's Day and really liked it!!

WINE! And I liked it!!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool...I think I had a Riesling a couple of years ago. I know I liked it cuz it didn't last long. (surprise surprise). I'll have to pick up a bottle or more this weekend. Since Trader Joes has such awesome prices on wine, I'll be making a trip over there. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahaha Spryte, 'cuz I voted for YOU! (I loved your wine tasting parties and the pics Smile )

Danielle- there should be a lot of them on sale because they are really popular in Nov-Jan because of the holidays and they have so much left over (at least they do around here)

Anywho, yeah, I think it will be a nice change. Plus there are sooooo many different ones out there! I can't wait! I have my eye on a few specific ones I've been wanting to try.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never had white wine before! (well, Arbor mist, but not sure if that counts...) LOL. Can't wait to try it!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My friend Janet from Germany always drinks Riesling. I'm not big on white but I certainly will try it. I'm going to look for one of the sweeter ones.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ddpie wrote:
Hahaha Spryte, 'cuz I voted for YOU! (I loved your wine tasting parties and the pics Smile )


LOL!! I would have chosen the same thing. But if it had been before New Years Day, I would have had to pass! I'm not knowledgeable enough to pick!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent, I will have to find a sweet one and see if I can get my girlfriend in on it this month. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I must hunt down some dry ones... I think "Beverages & More" is in order... JUST SAY NO To Leibframilch... Laughing

Just a hint fro all those who like their wine sweet... Oregon and Washington Reislings tend toward the sweet side... (Even when they say "dry")
If you can find reisling from Germany the order from dry to sweet is Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Halbtrocken is in the off-dry category.

Eiswein is made from grapes frozen on the vine where as Trockenbeerenauslese is made from grapes with Noble Rot just like French Sauterne

ps... I THINK I spelled those right... Not sure...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CulinaryAlchemist wrote:
And I must hunt down some dry ones... I think "Beverages & More" is in order... JUST SAY NO To Leibframilch... Laughing

Just a hint fro all those who like their wine sweet... Oregon and Washington Reislings tend toward the sweet side... (Even when they say "dry")
If you can find reisling from Germany the order from dry to sweet is Spatlese, Ausslese, Baronausslese and Trockenbarenausslese. Hallb-Trocken is pretty sweet too.

ps... I THINK I spelled those right... Not sure...


Thanks for the info Shane (have no idea if you spelled those right lol) I have noticed some of those but hadn't gotten that far into my homework on them yet Smile
To add, yeah, if the climate is cooler, the sweeter the riesling grape. Also, ice wines are better when the region has quick (early) freezes (north is best) Here in the Midwest it's always iffy 'cuz it depends on the weather that particular year of harvest...some are very very sweet (too much so for me), others say they are and aren't. So it can go either way. (hope I'm not being confusing)
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