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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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