The Wine of the Week
2011 Hogue Cellars Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington
Hogue Cellars was founded in 1982 in the cool, dry Columbia Valley in eastern Washington – perfect conditions for producing great Rieslings with mouthwatering acidity and rich, ripe fruit aromas. The 2011 Hogue Sweet Riesling is refreshingly crisp, and refreshingly low in alcohol – only 7.7%, making it an easy wine to enjoy mid-week without repercussions. Aromas of tangerine, honeysuckle and juicy apricot give way to luscious lemon curd and a bit of honey on the palate. The sweetness is clean, not cloying, and there is plenty of lively acidity to provide structure and a clean finish – both factors contribute to this wines affinity with a wide variety of sweet and savory foods – the spicier the better!
At an average price of around $8.00 for a bottle (and often less), this wine is a great choice for Tuesday night Thai take-out, experimenting with the latest curry recipes, or pairing with cheeses and light desserts.
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