Leitz Geisenheimer Riesling Eiswein

When is Wine Better than Candy?–Rieslings for those who love sweet

Woman on Wine

with Amy Reiley

When is wine better than candy?–when it’s a great Riesling! I’ve made it no secret that this is my favorite wine grape. And although I have no problem drinking Rieslings from around the world, it’s German Riesling that really gets me excited. In fact, German Riesling is about the only wine I would choose over a big bowl of Halloween candy. (And for those of you who know never to get between me and my Haribo, this is really saying something!) Rieslings made in a sweet style have something your average gummy bear can’t offer: acidity. These wines have a lovely, bright note that, when done right, beautifully balances the sugar, adding complexity, dimension and, quite simply, pleasure.

Wine better than candy:

Schlossgut Diel
2013 Riesling Kabinett
This is the kind of Riesling you’ve got to love, weighty on the tongue with light sweetness that is balanced by citrus acidity—love this!

Reuscher-Haart
2012 Piesporter GoldtröpfchenRiesling Spätlese
This one might be a little hard to find now, but it sure is a special wine. What I like best is what this wine has to offer beyond sweetness. There’s a lovely minerality and a surprising hint of game.

Schneider
2014 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese
If you’re looking for a wine with sexy staying power, this is a wine that lingers. Its flavors are of pears and apples with a hint of minerality.

LoewenWhen is wine better than candy?
2014 Thörnicher Ritsch Riesling Auslese
2014 Think wildflowers and honey—seductively sweet but with a compelling, vaguely herbal edge. And that’s just the beginning. Packed with complexity, the sweetness leads to a fresh, citrus acidity and a surprisingly refreshing finish.

Leitz
2010 Geisenheimer Riesling Eiswein
This is nectar of the gods. Beautifully balanced, it offers most of my favorite flavors in one tiny, alluring package, including: apricots, passion fruits, tart lemons and vanilla buttercream frosting. Seriously—it’s all that.

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