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Riesling

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In California, Riesling lags far behind in popularity to Chardonnay and is not as commonly planted. A notable exception is the growing development of high quality Late Harvest dessert wines. So far, the Late Harvest wines most successfully produced are in the Anderson and Alexander Valleys where the weather is more likely to encourage the needed botrytis to develop. The Riesling that does come out of California tends to be softer, fuller, and having more diverse flavors than a typical German Riesling.

In the Pacific Northwest there is a stark contrast in Riesling production, the grape is currently on the rise in Washington State but on the decline in neighboring Oregon. Riesling from this area ranges from dry to sweet, and has a crisp lightness that bodes well for easy drinking. Often there will be an easily detectable peach and mineral complex. Some Washington State winemakers, such as Chateau Ste. Michelle, are adapting German style Riesling production methods, and even partnering with well-known German vintners like Dr. Ernest Loosen to create specialty wines such as the Eroica Riesling. Pacific Rim is another Pacific Northwest winery that specializes almost entirely on Riesling in its various forms.
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Food Pairing: Pairs well with smoked oysters and pork. Great with strongly spiced Indian dishes, or Thai and Japanese cuisines, especially sushi. For a clean crisp pairing serve with an icy cold shrimp, scallops or oysters on the half shell. After dinner with Pecan Pie
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Fetzer Vineyard
CAW Rating: 95
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2005 Valley Oaks California Riesling

We’re proud to share that our 2004 Valley Oaks Riesling was the most awarded Riesling in US Wine Competitions last year, winning a pair of Double Gold Medals along with three Gold ...mores and six Silvers. This 2005 vintage: even better, so we’re clearing space in our trophy case. Cooler regions of Monterey County provide grapes that form the basis of this blend, and we add touches of aromatic varietals to craft a richly floral, richly fruity wine I know you’ll enjoy. A slow, cool fermentation in stainless keeps the fruit as the center of attention.
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Fess Parker Winery
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2006 White Riesling
Santa Barbara County

This Riesling is well balanced, off dry in style and is sure to delight the senses for a refreshing experience. On the nose, floral hints of honeysuckle abound with notes of orange ...more peel, all-spice and lychee nut. With its refreshing acidity, peaches, honey, apricot and pineapple shine through on the palate.
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Pessagno Winery
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2005 Riesling – Dry Styled

La Estancia Vineyard is one of the last “own-rooted” vineyards that remain in commercial production in California. I have to say that I am a huge fan of German dry-styled Riesling, ...more and it was a colleague that sparked my interest in making it again after a 15 year hiatus. Apricots, pineapple, and honey are evident in the aroma while crisp acidity and no residual sweetness make this wine a perfect accompaniment to spicy Asian and food and summer time entertaining. Serve well chilled. 103 cases produced
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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
CAW Rating: 87
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2006 Bay Mist White Riesling
J. Lohr Estates

The 2006 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling is a very youthful, pale brassy yellow color with enticing fruit aromas of green apple, apricot, rose and wet stones. The 2.19% res ...moreidual sugar is balanced by the crisp grape acidity and natural spritz from a long cool fermentation, making the 2006 J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling a delightfully fruity, refreshing wine capable of complementing the vibrant flavors of Thai basil chicken with coconut, Indian curried chicken, or as an aperitif.

$8.50  
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Falkner Winery
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2006 Riesling

The wine also has a clean and fresh finish. This straw colored wine has a pear aroma and pairs well with various fruits, salads, and chicken dishes.

$15.95  
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Ironstone Vineyards
CAW Rating: 80
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2005 Riesling
Pfalz

If you enjoy dry, crisp white wines the 2005 Ironstone Vineyards Riesling will please your palate! This typical, German style Riesling gives off delicate apple and pear aromas that ...more balance well with its long finish and robust acidity. With hints of rose petal and violet flavors this harmonious and wellrounded Riesling will pair wonderfully with light foods.

$10.00  
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Brassfield Estate Winery
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2006 Brassfield Estate Dry Riesling
High Serenity Ranch Vineyard

The wine possesses sweet aromas of honey, fig, and hints of dates that lead to a refreshing zest of grapefruit and peaches. There is good body on the mid-palate that carries the wi ...morene to a crisp balance of acidity, and finishing with a palate of cleansing freshness that lends this wine to a wide variety of outdoor summer fare.

$15.99  
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Westbrook Wine Farm
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2006 Uber Rhenish
Madera

The incredible numbers and perfect physiological maturity at lower sugars of this classic varietal speaks very well of the professional care given by Kenwara Vineyard in Madera. Th ...moreis might not mean much if we were talking about White Riesling grown in cold Mendocino County but no one has ever recommended it be planted in warm Madera County. We barrel fermented it to total dryness then whisked it off to cool stainless steel to preserve flavors before bottling. Uber Rhenish will make you smile and have you asking for more.

$17.00  
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Miramonte Winery
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2006 Riesling
Temecula Valley, McKay Vineyard

Vivid, focused and extremely popular. McKay Vineyard is a tiny one acre site planted specifically to produce this wine. We farm it to very low yields, and produce a delicious white ...more wine that features flavors and aromas of fresh mangos, apricots and tangerines with hints of honey, lemon grass and sweet dried flowers. Off dry, beautifully structured, perky and delightful -- and also very food versatile.

$19.95  
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Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards
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2005 Riesling
Santa Barbara County

This is a dry California-styled Riesling, bigger and more full bodied than German Rieslings. It was cold fermented and aged before a spring bottling to preserve freshness and the h ...moreoneyed, melon-tinged flavors typical of the vineyard.

$16.00  
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Wente Vineyards Estate Winery
CAW Rating: 90
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2006 Riverbank Riesling
Arroyo Seco, Monterey

This is a varietally distinct wine enhanced by the soils and climate of the Monterey appellation. This Riesling is full of honeysuckle and floral lychee aromas. The taste is crisp ...moreand fresh and delivers full varietal flavors. The acid and the semi-sweetness are perfectly balanced for an excellent mouth feel. This intriguing wine is delightful as an aperitif or with fruits, cheeses and a variety of light entrees.
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Handley Cellars
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2006 Riesling
Mendocino County

A lovely example of dry-style Riesling. This wine is reminiscent of ripe peaches from start to finish. Rich and full on the palate, it will be a wonderful aperitif, as well as a fi ...morene accompaniment to Asian food.

$19.00  
Bella Vista/Cilurzo Winery
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2004 Reisling
Temecula Hills

The newest white at Bella Vista this Riesling has subtle hints of fruit in the nose and delivers in the taste. Sweet youth in the orchard with the hint of green apples and pears. * ...moreNew Release!**

$15.95  
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Esterlina Vineyards and Winery
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2007 Off-dry Cole Ranch Riesling
Cole Ranch

Our 2007 Riesling has got it all--excellent acidity, and ripe, complex fruit flavors. It begins with lots of apple and citrus aromas, including pineapple and lemon. The mouth start ...mores with that typical Cole Ranch acidity, but there is plenty of ripe fruit. Really a sweet-tart thing going on. The experience ends with a terrific finish. Try this wine with spicy foods, desserts and on the patio.

$19.00  
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Margerum Wine Company
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2007 Riesling
Santa Rita Hills

Bottled in February but saving it for summer. It is a perfectly refreshing quaff for a hot day poolside. It is low in alcohol. I’m a fan and I will drink most of this myself.

$18.00  
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Vision Cellars
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2006 Riesling
Santa Lucia Highlands

A crisp lean refreshing green apple and honeysuckle & lavender on the nose. Mineral flavors of light peach and apricot on the mouth feel. Mac says this is his best Riesling yet.

$18.00  
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Mount Palomar Winery
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2006 Riesling
Estate Vineyard

Our Riesling grapes are picked at the first sign of ripeness, when the grape sugars are balanced by a crisp acidity, and the fruit flavors are delicate and true to a Germanic style ...more. The aromas are of white peach, tropical fruit, and floral with a clean, crisp and refreshing finish.

The flavor especially complements sweet salads like Chinese Chicken Salad, Curried Chicken Salad with almonds and raisins, salty foods like glazed ham, fried chicken, and a variety of picnic fair.


$15.00  
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Tesoro Winery
CAW Rating: 98
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2007 Riesling
Temecula Valley

Silver Medal Winner! Very unique. You will find the distinct aroma of concentrated pear, apricot, dried peaches and a hint of white pepper. Enjoy the fruit flavors of pear, apple, ...morecandied grapefruit and a touch of lemon rind, finishing with a bit of clove. The finish is slightly tart yet sweetly balanced.

$18.00  
Borghese Vineyard
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2009 Castello di Borghese Estate Riesling
Estate bottled at Long Island's first and finest

Lovely aromas of jasmine and orange peel with hints of rose petals and orange peel. This well balanced wine has pear and peach flavors with crisp acidity followed by layers of gree ...moren apple. Stainless steel fermented for 3 weeks this mouth watering acidic wine is complimented by touches of mineral flavors and pear overtones.

$21.99  
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