10/21/2013

A Trio of Riesling Wines from Germany, Alsace, and Austria


Hello Friends,

I recently had an opportunity to participate in a virtual #winechat and tasting hosted by the good folks at Austria Wine USA, the Wines of Germany, and the Wines of Alsace. The tasting featured a trio of dry Rieslings from the 2011 vintage. Dry Rieslings, in general, are very versatile, naturally high in acidity, and pair well with a wide array of foods. For starters, consider enjoying a bottle with seafood, poultry, or Asian food – particularly sushi.

 It's Riesling Time!


As you can see from my reviews below, you don’t have to break the piggy bank to enjoy a nice bottle with lunch, dinner, your favorite book, or just because. While I suggest keeping Riesling in your regular wine rotation, if you’re looking for an occasion to invite a bottle over, try Thanksgiving! See my tasting notes and a picture I snapped of each bottle below. Cheers!

Selbach 2011 Mosel Riesling Dry


1) Selbach 2011 Mosel Riesling Dry (SRP $14): This wine is crisp and lively with aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon zest, and a hint of lime peel on a light-bodied and racy frame with a nice stony note in the short-to-medium length finish. I don’t need to tell you this wine is food-friendly, right? I enjoyed this wine with the NFL Sunday Ticket and a bucket of seasoned wings and all the fixings. (Other info: ABV 12.5%, screw cap enclosure.) 85 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Domaine Ehrhart Vieilles Vignes 2011 Riesling


2) Domaine Ehrhart Vieilles Vignes 2011 Riesling (SRP $16): Sleek and refreshing, this wine shows citrus blossom, white floral notes, and a touch of honeydew on the nose and palate. Bright fruit flavors are balanced by zippy acidity in this delightfully fruity, crisp, and dry Riesling. While enjoyable on its own, food paring options are nearly countless. (Other info: ABV 12.6%, certified organic, wines rest on their lees for up to six months before bottling, cork enclosure.) 87 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

Salomon Undhof Steiner Kögl 2011 Riesling


3) Salomon Undhof Steiner Kögl 2011 Riesling (SRP $30): This wine is produced from vines 50 years of age and older. Pure and focused, this moderately complex and elegant Riesling shows inviting aromas and flavors of ripe stone fruit, white flowers, spicy honeysuckle, and lemon blossom, all wrapped in a core of bright, mineral-laced acidity with a wonderfully refreshing finish. Overall, this is a very pleasant, dry, and versatile wine that's well worth seeking out to enjoy with food and friends. (Other info: ABV 13.5%, screw cap enclosure.) 90 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

Try this with a bottle! 


Have a question about this post? Feel free to drop me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. Stay tuned ...more to come. Happy Sipping, my friends! Disclosure: These wines were provided for review. Thoughts are my own.

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