Riesling: #1 in the Big Six Grapes

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As a sommelier, I know what some consumers don’t love about Riesling – not knowing what you’re getting in terms of dryness or sweetness. Here’s a little help with that.

Drink Riesling all Summer: How to Tell How Sweet It Is (and Why You Shouldn’t Sweat Sweetness Anyway) 

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Summer is the perfect season to embrace Riesling in all its juicy, refreshing glory. Why? Because it’s the vinous version of the cooling quaffs you’re already drinking: tangy fruited wheat beers, Margaritas, Mojitos, Mai Tais. Riesling even has the same flavor range–fruits from citrus to tropical; mouthwatering acidity; in many versions heady aromatics mimicking agave, mint, and flowers; and, depending on where it’s grown and the winemaking style, some sweetness.

The Summer of Riesling: Kick it off with my German Riesling Video


It’s officially the Summer of Riesling 2014! With this quick and beautiful German Riesling video you can kick it off right and boost your knowledge of one of the iconic of the iconic Riesling regions. Geeky somm’s like me are passionate about German Rieslings and once you delve into the different styles, you’ll see why. There’s something for every palate and every plate! And there’s no better wine to drink in the summer time with outdoor, picnic and seaside fare, from bivalves to BBQ’d ribs.Tonight I’ll be at a gathering of very geeky and very knowledgeable somm’s, tasting great Rieslings from all over the world. I’ll post some pics on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and I’d love to hear what Rieslings you have tee’d up for summer sipping. Check back here for more Riesling videos in the coming days and start sipping summer in a glass. You’ll love it!