This month's box, we're focusing on a wine that I like to call "Old Faithful." It is one of those wines that is easy going, comfortable and never lets me down. Riesling was one of the first wines I tried and actually liked because it was sweet but made me feel like a "real wine drinker." Most of the time, when we talk about Riesling, we think of the wines of Germany with their sweet flavors of apples, peaches and pears but we're going to explore some Rieslings from "down under," just in time for National Riesling Day on March 13th!
All About Australian Riesling
Riesling is a refreshing and aromatic white wine and can range from bone dry to sweet dessert wines to sparkling and is one of just a few white wines that can age for decades. Aged Rieslings often develop a chemical compound known as TDN which can impart an almost petrol or gasoline-like aroma in the wine. This can be seen as a trait of a high quality Riesling.
The Clare and Eden Valleys in South Australia are known for their bone-dry style of Riesling. Lime, lemon, grapefruit and jasmine notes distinguish these Rieslings from those made in other parts of the world like Germany, Alsace, France and the Finger Lakes in New York. Australia is the world’s fourth largest producer of this noble variety and the best quality Australian Rieslings are grown in cooler regions, which have an extended ripening season and cool nights, for acid retention. These conditions allow the development of the delicate aromas, a greater concentration of flavors, moderate alcohol and high acid levels.
What's In The Box:
The vibe of this month's box is "Creature Comforts" - pairings that are easy, yummy, and allow you to enjoy comfortably, without a lot of fuss.
Spicy Jalapeno Potato Chips
Yummy Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives
Roasted and Salted Mixed Nuts
Mouth Watering Lemon Glazed Cookies
"Everything Happens For A Riesling" Wine Towel
An amazing smelling Riesling Candle
Other Dry Riesling Pairings:
Dry Rieslings are perfect with dishes you’d squeeze a bit of lemon or lime on. Try them with Pad Thai, oysters, ceviche, grilled fish, or butter chicken.