Riesling is known for its floral aromas and pure fruit flavours that range from tangy lemon to sweet pineapple. If you’re looking for a crisp and refreshing wine to enjoy on a warm summer evening, it’s definitely the way to go.
What is Riesling?
Riesling is a bold white wine that hails from Germany’s Rhine wine region. It can be dry or sweet depending on where it’s grown, and has recently been making a comeback thanks to its lack of oak or heavy tannins, which makes it a great match for lighter and more health-conscious cooking.
Unlike most white wines, which generally need to be consumed soon after bottling, Riesling ages surprisingly well. When stored correctly, it can last and even improve in the bottle for more than 100 years.
Varieties of Riesling
Riesling’s flavour and level of sweetness varies depending on where it’s been grown. For instance, Rieslings from Germany and California tend to be full and sweet, whereas those from France and Austria are more crisp and dry.
If served too warm, Riesling can taste overly sweet. It’s best when it’s served nice and chilly at around 10 C˚ as this brings out its acidity and makes it more refreshing. To achieve this, pop your wine in the refrigerator about an hour before serving or use a bucket of ice water to chill it more quickly.
Food Matching Recommendations
Riesling is known for being food-friendly, but some foods will bring out its sweetness or acidity better than others. When matching Riesling with food, you should also consider the style of the wine.
A dry Riesling will pair well with light vegetarian dishes and grilled seafood or chicken dishes, but will generally be too acidic to enjoy with a cheese platter. A sweeter Riesling, on the other hand, can make a good match for blue cheeses as well as spicy East Asian and Indian dishes.