You may be surprised to learn that Riesling is a particular favorite among wine enthusiasts and Astor Wines & Spirits’ own wine buyer. And that’s almost certainly because of the sheer diversity of wine styles the grape can produce-from absolutely bone dry to unctuously sweet, and everywhere in between.
It’s one of those rare white grapes that pairs perfectly with any number of cuisines, be it spicy Thai chicken, curry, salt-baked cod, or ceviche. And don’t pass it over as the ultimate summer sipper-Riesling’s characteristic crisp brightness makes it utterly thirst-quenching on a hot day. It’s also incredibly ageable-from a quality producer, a Riesling can age and develop for decades.
Germany is this white wine’s homeland and it produces Rieslings across the spectrum-and if you enjoy a bit of well-integrated sugar, there’s simply no better place. But if you’re not a fan of sweetness whatsoever, fear not: Rieslings from Austria are always dry. And more often than not, so are the Rieslings from Australia and the Alsace region of France. If you’re ever in doubt about the residual sugar content in Riesling, look at the alcohol level: If the label says 8 percent to 10 percent, the wine is likely to have an abundant fruitiness (without necessarily being “sweet”). If it says 11 percent or higher, the wine has been fermented dry.
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