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Best Riesling Wine

Riesling is a noble grape that produces some of the world's finest, most long-lived whites. A light, vibrant white wine that often has citrus, floral and mineral notes. It's mostly associated with Germany, but other well-known regions making it include Alsace, Washington, Niagara, Finger Lakes, Okanagan and Australia’s Clare Valley and Eden Valley.

Styles range from bone dry to intensely sweet. Aromas and flavors include apricot, peach, wet slate, minerals, flowers and petrol (when it's aged).

They are the second level of six in the German prädikat system of classifying Rieslings based on ripeness of the grapes: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Kabinett refers to high quality German Riesling that is usually light and dry to slightly off-dry and made from fully ripened grapes. The sweetness in kabinett Rieslings comes from natural fruit ripeness, not sugar.

My reviews of these Garnacha red wines are updated weekly. These Riesling white wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Riesling white wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Riesling in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Baron De Hoen Réserve Riesling 2014
Baron De Hoen Réserve Riesling 2014

Alsace Aoc, France

Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2016‐2019

Scrumptious Seafood Wine

 

LCBO: 446427  2,398 in stock

Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery Larch Tree Hill Riesling 2011
Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery Larch Tree Hill Riesling 2011

V.Q.A, Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada

Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016

 

LCBO: 776545400055  Check Stock

Flat Rock Cellars Nadja's Vineyard Riesling 2012
Flat Rock Cellars Nadja's Vineyard Riesling 2012

Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Alcohol: 11.6%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2017

Glorious Game Wine

 

LCBO: 578625  344 in stock

The Bend In The River Riesling 2018
The Bend In The River Riesling 2018

Pfalz, Germany

Alcohol: 9.5%  Sweetness: Medium  750 ml  Drink: 2019‐2022

 

LCBO: 501080  2,784 in stock

ANBL: 501080  Check Stock

Alberta: 895250

Mike Weir Limited Edition Riesling 2014
Mike Weir Limited Edition Riesling 2014

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Alcohol: 10.5%  Sweetness: Medium  750 ml  Drink: 2016‐2019

Calm Curry Wine

 

LCBO: 229286  Check Stock


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Riesling

Spätlese is the German word for "late harvest," used to describe Rieslings made from grapes with sugar levels at harvest that are higher than Kabinett and lower than Auslese. They are therefore more full-bodied than kabinetts and less so than ausleses. These grapes are picked at least seven days after the main harvest. Because spätlese contains more sugar than the grapes from the main harvest, they are typically medium sweet.

Auslese is the German word for "selection," used to describe specially selected, perfectly ripened bunches of grapes for this style of Riesling. Often, the grapes have started to over-ripen, becoming affected by the desirable mould botrytis cinerea or noble rot (edelfaule in German). They are hand-picked and then pressed separately from other grapes. The wine made from these grapes is sweet.

Beerenauslese is made from overripe grapes that are hand-picked and are pressed separately from the other grapes. These grapes are fully infected with botrytis cinerea or noble rot which shrivels them. This concentrates the sugar. Beerenauslese is very sweet but has enough acid to balance the wine. In Canada, it's called icewine whereas in Germany it's eiswein. Canadian vintners use both the vidal and riesling grapes while Germany uses mostly riesling, which has more balancing acidity for this sweet wine. This wine has a medium to full body, with a long finish and surprisingly low alcohol of, on average, just 10%.

Trockenbeerenauslese is the German word which means “dry berry selection” and describes wines made from specially selected, overripe grapes. They are left on the vine until nearly dry, having been shrivelled to raisins with noble rot. These grapes are picked individually at the height of their maturity, so they’re very concentrated in flavor and sugar and produce extremely rich, sweet wines. These wines are very rare, very expensive and considered to be among the world's finest dessert wines. They have excellent aging potential.

When the Riesling grapes are left on the vine several weeks to several months after the normal harvest time, they dehydrate and become more concentrated in their flavors and sugars. Sometimes a benevolent mold called botrytis cinerea (a.k.a. noble rot) causes this dehydration which also increases sweetness. This Riesling has higher residual sugar levels producing a thick, sweet, rich dessert wine.

Food matches for dry Riesling and Kabinett styles include beef, poultry, game birds, pork, cheese, pizza turkey dinner, spicy foods and seafood go well with this wine.

Pair late harvest and Auslese Rieslings with nuts, melons, soft cheese, curries, spicy food and Thai dishes.

Icewine, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese go beautifully with fruit-based desserts, biscotti, nuts, foie gras, cheeses and dishes with a touch of sweetness such as glazed ham.

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