If we could only pair one grape varietal with food for eternity, we’d choose Riesling. For some strange reason, Riesling has acquired a reputation in America for producing “sugary” or “sweet” wines, when in reality, most bottles of Riesling are actually bone dry. Regions all over the world are producing stellar Rieslings, such as the […]
Wine and Thanksgiving is the perfect combination and while you might instinctively think your go-to bottle should be of the red variety, white wine – especially German Riesling – is actually a perfect accompaniment to the entire Thanksgiving meal. Watch the video above and learn all about how to expertly pair white wine with every […]
Tasting wine is much simpler than you think. It all comes to to Seeing, Smelling and Sipping. So don’t get intimidated, just watch this video, see how it’s done, and then taste wines like a pro!
What, exactly, makes a wine “food friendly”? The most basic answer is: when you take a sip, you begin to salivate, and begin imagining a dish that would go well with the juice. It’s something personal and subjective, yet most sommeliers would agree that high acidity, pronounced minerality, and complex structure are the essential ingredients […]
Let’s debunk a common misconception right off the bat, not all Riesling is sweet. That is especially true if the wine comes from Germany, its ancestral home.
“The wine of kings, and the kings of wines,” is what Louis XIV said about the elegant, sweet aszú wines of Tokaj. From off-dry Riesling, to effervescent Moscato, to full-on dessert wines like aszú or its French counterpart Sauternes, sweet wines from around the world can be an incredibly delicious pairing for many foods and […]
Riesling is a wine with many detractors, but often these detractions are unfounded, based more on perceived qualities than actual experience. The main criticism: Riesling is too sweet. Blame the 1970s, mass production, and Blue Nun, an incredibly popular wine that was syrupy sweet. And due to that popularity, for a long time the American […]
For most of us, the associations that come to mind when we think of German wines are immediate barriers to actually drinking them: “sweet,” for example, or perhaps “complicated classification system,” or probably, if you’ve ever stared at a bottle that says, “Trockenbeerenauslese,” the words “confusing label” might come to mind. Sommeliers have long loved […]
While most Americans rightfully associate Germany with its wonderful beer, you might be surprised to learn that the country is the world’s tenth largest producer of wine. Given how much wine Germany produces, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s much more to German wine than the sweet Rieslings (Blue Nun anyone?) American wine consumers often […]