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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

On 5:07 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments

Reisling is unquestionably one of a very few great or "noble" grapes. It is also the most misunderstood and sinned against: The 'sweetness thing'. While German Riesling, in particular is capable, under fortuitous circumstances and with painstaking effor of creating some of the world's most glorious dessert wines, the cast majority of its output is decidedly intended for the dinner table. In fact it may be posited the german riesling is among the most versatile and life enhancing of wines, especially in relation to the modern style of eating.

These wines do contain residual sugar but they are not about sweetness or dryness. Anyone who approaches these wines without preconception will realize they are about vibrancy. These wines are not percived as vulgarly sweet like some oak soddened vanilla milkshakes possing as wine.
I repeat, sweetness and dryness are beside the point. German Rieslings are about dancing. A beautiful dancing wine sustained by the tension among fructose, acidity, and slate based minerality. In addion to being a great meal partner, German Riesling may be the most refreshing, least fatiguing wine on this planet. But what do I know.Try 'em, you'll like 'em.

Brian Hayden


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