Riesling is one of those grapes that most people either love or hate. It is a wine that is very food friendly and aromatic. Riesling goes great with Asian or other spicy dishes when you choose the sweeter style. When eating fish or other light meats, the drier styles are best.
I have found many people avoid Riesling because they don’t care for sweet wines. It is true that residual sugar is often left behind when it is vinified. If you are one of these people, you may change your mind about the grape you try some dry Riesling. My friend at Woodstock Junk Removal tried it and actually loves it now.
If you are searching for a dry Riesling, try to find one with an alcohol level that is moderate, around 11% or more ABV. When the ABV is lower, it typically means that some of the sugars were not converted into alcohol, so you are left with residual sugar. There are a few regions that specialize in dry Riesling around the world:
- Germany: you can find some of the driest styles of wine in the Pfalz and Rheingau regions of Germany. In fact, the word Trocken that is found on their labels means dry. If the winery you purchase from is part of the VDP classification system, you are certain to find files that are drier.
- British Columbia, New York, Washington, and Niagara escarpment: you can find many Riesling wines with exceptional quality and these northern latitude areas of North America. Pacifically look for the label “dry” when you are shopping for them.
- South Australia: in South Australia, particularly in the Eden and Clare valleys, you can find Rieslings that are lime driven that offer smoky notes when aged.
- Niederösterrich, Austria: Austrians typically prefer wine that is dry. You can find many award-winning dry Rieslings that are worth seeking out from regions of Wachau, Kamptal, and Kremstal. These can be difficult to find worldwide, though.
- Alsace, France: dry Riesling is an obsession in this area with its 51 vineyards that make some of the best wines in the world.
If you’re one of those people who has been turning up your nose to Riesling, give it another chance.