I’m a Riesling girl
Then, a miraculous thing happened.
We went to the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival last August and the heavens parted (it did rain, so only a slight exaggeration) and lo and behold, there were Rieslings that were another word: dry.
Life as a Riesling disciple
Friday afternoon when we were sitting at Ajax Tavern planning our Saturday agenda at Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, I stated to our son, “Oh, there’s a Riesling tasting. You know they’re not all sweet.”
Sometimes I forget he’s a certified sommelier – so yes, I got the smirk, eye roll and the, “You think?”
He then told me that Paul Grieco was leading it, so yes, it was a good choice.
Two roads sometimes lead to the same path.
- A man with a grape mission
An evangelist of the Riesling grape, Paul Grieco will, within 45 minutes, convince you that there is no reason for a white wine list to contain anything but Riesling and the juice should have your uncompromising devotion.
Okay, while you may not be instantly converted as a Riesling disciple, Mr. Grieco delivers his message with such mischievous, authoritative conviction that it is hard not to quickly exalt the Riesling with great admiration.
Reasons to love Rieslings: The Wines
The Riesling seminar was a walk through Rieslings from around the world, from dry to that other word, sweet.
When asked the price point of one of the wines, Mr.Grieco simply stated, “They’re all priceless.”
The wines tasted were…
2009 Rippon Riesling, Lake Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand
2010 Weingut Hirsch Gaisberg Riesling Kamptal, Austria
2009 Josmeyer Riesling Grand Cru Hengst, Alsace, France
2003 Pewsey Vale Riesling, Eden Valley, Australia
2010 Eugen Muiller Riesling Kabinett Forster Mariengarten, Pfalz Germany
2009 Hermann J Wiemer Riesling Late Harvest, Finger Lakes, New York
How do you define greatness?
Mr. Grieco lists six criteria that define greatness in a wine – complexity, balance, delicacy, longevity, a sense of place and yumminess.
The take-away: A great Riesling is a complex, delicate wine that balances acidity and sweetness, with no one element outshining the others, that makes you smile.
I’m now a Riesling girl and I have the tat to prove it.
Ok, so that tatoo will wear off in a few days (I think), but the love of Rieslings won’t.
So, thank goodness it’s almost time for: A Summer of Rieslings 2012.
Started in 2008 at Grieco’s Terroir Wine Bar, a Summer of Rieslings is a 94 day celebration of the glorious grape that has now grown to a movement of restaurants across America and the world.
With 500 restaurants & bars and 100 retailers participating in the Summer of Rieslings 2012, which runs from June 20th to September 21st, a Riesling is bound to be nearby.
To locate one and unite with other AcidHounds, check out the Summer of Riesling 2012 website.
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Article by Kim Hull
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