As the 31 days of German Riesling continue, we want to honour the country for its incredible grape. Germany dedicates a considerable amount of their vineyards to the crisp white, producing 61.4% (http://www.germanwineusa.com/pdf/riesling-vineyards-worldwide.pdf) of the world’s Riesling. No other country can come close to their production.
Next up is Australia (12.1%), followed by France (9.9%), the United States (4.9%), Austria (4.8%), New Zealand (2.5%) and Canada (1.3%).
Germany’s long-standing history with the fabulous grape and creative winemaking practices has rightfully given the country the reputation of being experts and ambassadors for the crisp white wine.
The country’s rocky soils, diverse vineyards and cool climate have produced some of our favourite bottles of Riesling and we hope you’ve embraced the Motherland and its wine queens just as much as we have. And if you haven’t then hurry up, there are only 11 days left in the 31 days of Germany Riesling!
Teaching Terroir: Domaine Ehrhart-Pfohl 2011 Riesling
Proud Canadians are trained to love our fresh and fruity Rieslings from the moment of our very first sip. Cool, crisp and offering apple and peach flavours in a glass… what’s not to love? But there are other flavours that Riesling can offer that are just as compelling.
At first sniff, Domaine Ehrhart-Pfohl 2011 Riesling (Alsace, $13.95, 282186) is clean and offers some fascinating floral notes. Having been fermented in stainless steel like all your other favourite fresh wines, this wine from Alsace captures the local terroir, which makes the wine intriguing but is still true to the grape.
Alongside the floral aromas are lemon, apple and mineral notes. The palate is consistent with the aromas, adding lime and melon to the mix, while the finish is crisp, clean and zesty.
Whether looking at a fresh New World Riesling or an aged and layered Old World Riesling, we feel that every bottle has a time and a place that will suit your summer soundtrack.
First Look: Di Profio Wines makes a great first impression with its fresh, fruity and very promising 2011 Riesling
Di Profio Wines may be new kids on the block, having just opened their doors last month, but they certainly are not new to the wine industry. Hailing from Italy, the family have experimented with different styles of winemaking since grandfather Guiseppe imported Californian grapes in the 1940s and 1950s.
The winemakers’ gene was dormant in his son Joe Di Profio, Sr. until the next generation, Fred, decided to follow his grandfather’s footsteps. Today, Fred heads the cellar of the young winery and is establishing their wine portfolio, which happens to include our favourite grape, Riesling.
Di Profio Wines 2011 Riesling ($16.15, diprofiowines.ca) is fresh, fruity and is very promising for their first vintage. With peach, apple, orange peel and mineral notes on the nose, the wine is inviting with a good balance. The palate offers apricot, and zesty lemon with a finish of honey and almond.
Sip on this wine by itself or pair it with a summer salad, chicken or cheese. Either way it’s a great opportunity to raise a glass, discover a new winery and celebrate the Summer of Riesling at the same time. Cheers!
Screwcap closures help maintain Riesling’s purity and finesse
We have come to know and love fresh and fruity Rieslings, in large part because the grape is so honest. It doesn’t hide anything, including its faults. The innate purity of this genuine grape makes cork taint extremely obvious.
How do many wineries avoid sending their flavourful whites on the road to ruin? Screwcaps! This alternative closure keeps wines fresh and pure, while avoiding any problems a cork might present. So, toss your corkscrew aside and start twisting, because faultless Riesling is the best kind of Riesling.