Riesling Wine: The Aromatic And Popular German White Wine
Image Credit: Unsplash

Riesling, a top white wine varietal, is widely available in a range of styles from dry to sweet, outperforming simplistic categorizations. Its German and Alsatian versions often differ in complexity, but its aromatic freshness remains a constant feature across the globe. Riesling is a light-skinned, fragrant grape of German origin that also produces some of Germany's greatest and longest-lasting wines. While wine critics may adore it, the broader audience may not have the same level of appreciation for it. There are many different ways to make Riesling, but it typically results in crystalline, aromatic white wines with aromas of citrus, wax, and lanolin, a light to medium body, and lots of fresh acidities.

Riesling is cultivated all over the world and is well-established in places like Washington and Australia's Clare Valley, despite being mostly known for the Mosel and Alsace wines. There has been a negative impact on the reputation of Riesling wine in the later part of the 20th century due to the export of chaptalized (sugar-added), low-quality wine from Germany during the 1970s and 1980s. The practice of chaptalization was intended to increase the alcohol content of the wine, but it often resulted in subpar quality that damaged the reputation of Riesling wine. Actually, only a small portion of that famed wine was Riesling; the rest was made out of higher-yielding varieties like Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner, but the reputation has remained. And several observers consider riesling to be one of the world's best white grapes (and wines).

Sauvignon Blanc vs. Riesling

Both riesling and sauvignon blanc are common white wines produced and consumed all over the world. Green apple, stone fruit, and citrus tastes can be found in both wines, but sauvignon blanc has distinctly herbaceous flavours like bell pepper and new grass. While many Rieslings are sweet, sauvignon blanc, which hails from the south of France, is always produced in a dry or off-dry manner. A dry riesling can be swapped out for sauvignon blanc when paired with food, particularly with fowl, fish, and vegetables.

Riesling's Flavour Profile

Riesling wines can have intense aromas, with apple, peach, and pear dominating the bouquet along with delicate floral overtones, frequently with hints of honey and spice. Sometimes a natural chemical substance called TDN, which is created by petroleum, can be discovered. Riesling's flavour is reminiscent of apple, pear, and peach, as well as citrus fruits like lime and lemon peel and tropical fruits like ripe pineapple. Rieslings frequently acquire a notable minerality from their natural soils, which explains why slate or limestone undertones may be discernible. Depending on riesling's style, the white wine contains little tannin and a lot of acidity. Riesling can be produced with different levels of sweetness.

Food Pairings

The sweetness and acidity of Riesling make it an ideal partner for spicy meals. Flavourful spices from Asia and India pair beautifully with Riesling. The spiced chicken leg is a traditional partner for Riesling.

Here are some delicious food pairings for Riesling wine:

 Duck, pork, bacon, chicken, shrimp, and crab are all great options.

 Try it with soft cow's milk cheese and dried fruit that is less stinky and more delicately flavoured for a flavour medley.

 Roasted vegetables and vegetables with natural sweetness, such as coconut, red onion, red pepper, eggplant, tempeh, squash, and carrot, go well with a glass of Reisling.