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Wine Peeps, Rieslings 1/2010

"Floral aromas dominate the nose; apricot, peach, and pear flavors come through on the palate. Off-dry, light-bodied and crisp with a long finish. Well-balanced and smooth."

Washington is the largest Riesling producing state in the United States. And, Washington State’s own Chateau Ste. Michelle is the largest Riesling producer in the world. Since Riesling has become known as Washington State’s signature white variety, I have been looking forward to having a wine tasting dinner featuring Washington Riesling for some time.

Fortunately, this was a fabulous tasting and lived up to my expectations. All six wines were very good and received a Quality rating of 3.5 stars (out of 5) or higher. In addition, all six received a QPR rating of 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5) or higher.

One common misconception about Riesling is that it is always a sweet wine. While some Rieslings are in fact sweet, others are not. All six of the wines in this tasting are considered off-dry. I have included the Residual Sugar percentages in my tasting notes below.

Washington Riesling paired with seared scallops with crispy leeks, rice au gratin, and braised kaleOne of the great things about Riesling is its versatility. Rieslings are excellent sipping wines but are also fabulous food wines. All of these Washington Rieslings paired extremely well with Mom’s dinner of curried corn soup, arugula peach salad, seared scallops with crispy leeks, rice au gratin, braised kale, and cider-poached apples with crème fraîche and toasted pecans for dessert. This was one of the absolute best food/wine pairings I’ve ever had!

2008 Trust Cellars Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington): Pale, almost watery, straw yellow in color. Floral aromas dominate the nose; apricot, peach, and pear flavors come through on the palate. Off-dry, light-bodied and crisp with a long finish. Well-balanced and smooth. Residual Sugar: 2%

Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)

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