You could smell a bouquet of flowers. Or you could take a big whiff of Riesling. This wine’s strong floral aromas, are thanks to a grape that’s one of the most aromatic in the world. You’ll immediately notice nectarine, apricot, apple and pear scents before you take a sip of this crisp wine.
Is Riesling Sweet or Dry?
How about both? Often assumed to be a very sweet wine, you don’t have to look hard to find a dry Riesling wine. It all depends on where the wine is from. Sweeter varieties are the calling cards of Californian and German Riesling, though they turn out a few dry options as well. France, Austria, the Finger Lakes of New York and Washington State typically turn out dry Riesling varieties.
One word: spicy. Why do spicy foods and semi-sweet Riesling pair so well? Voodoo, probably. But when your mouth is on fire, black magic is just what you need. For some out-of-the-box pairings try Indian and Thai food.
While aging doesn’t do most white wines any favors, Riesling (along with Chardonnay) is the rare exception. Thanks to its elevated acidity levels, high-quality Rieslings can be aged for over 100 years.
How Do You say Riesling?
Riesling Pronunciation: Riesling = "Reese-ling"