Riesling (pronounced: reez-ling)
Riesling makes a crisp, delicately flavored wine. It’s often a very light wine meaning it has low alcohol content (some are as low as 7%). Riesling can have aromas and flavors of green apples, pears, pineapple and even honey. German Rieslings can range from dry to slightly sweet and some are even very sweet. Most Rieslings you will likely see on wine lists will be dry and crisp (i.e. take a sip and your mouth will begin to water).
Remember this about Riesling:
- Riesling is a great starter wine. If you’ve tried wine in the past and didn’t like it. Give Riesling a try it’s quite agreeable
- Don’t kill the Riesling! You probably don’t want to drink this wine with a bacon double cheeseburger. It’s a little too light and subtle for heavy food. Try it with a grilled chicken salad. It even works well with some Asian foods
- Rieslings from cooler areas such as Germany will generally be light-bodied, with less alcohol and more delicate flavors than Rieslings from warmer areas like Australia or California