Riesling is one of the great white grapes. It produces wines that vary by region, but they share a great many traits. This wine is often highly fragrant, very delicious and food-friendly.
It is a light-skinned, aromatic grape of German origin which is the world’s finest white-wine grape variety.
Riesling originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety with flowery, aromas, as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are seldom oaked. Riesling is usually included in the “top three” white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. The character of Riesling wines is greatly influenced by the wine’s place of origin.
In cool climates, Riesling wines tend to have apple and tree fruit tastes with noticeable levels of acidity. Another variety can develop more citrus and peach notes is grown in warmer climates. In Australia, Riesling is often noted for a lime note that tends to come from South Australia.
Riesling wines are often enjoyed when young, with a fruity wine which may have aromas of green or other apples, grapefruit, peach, gooseberry, honey, rose blossom or cut green grass, and usually a crisp taste due to the high acidity.
PAIRINGS WITH FOOD Riesling
Riesling is the best food wine in the world The citrus Rieslings are best paired with “green” foods, such as lime, jalapeno. And it is especially tasty with spicy foods and other ethnic foods that we enjoy.
The absence of oak in these wines enables them to bring out the flavors in fine cooking, rather than smothering them with wood. Best with fish, poultry and pork.
Dry Rieslings wines brighten the flavors of the food and refresh the palate.
LIGHTLY SWEET RIESLINGS
Delicacy and fruitiness are the high notes of a fine, off-dry Rieslings. The elegance and purity of flavor make them perfect partners for cooking that emphasizes clean, fresh ingredients.
VERY SWEET RIESLINGS
Sweeter Rieslings, work well on their own to clean the palate between courses. They also pair well with rich, spicy Indian dishes or moderately sweet tropical dishes with fresh fruits. When Rieslings mature, dishes, such as fowl, wild boar and venison are best paired with this. Their richness goes well with strong, blue cheeses and fruit desserts When pairing with a dessert, avoid chocolate, one of the few things that Riesling does not work with.