- Jun 18, 2012
The Summer of Riesling is nearly upon us, about to bath a small swath of our sun-drenched state in acid-driven, mineral-laden, terroir-speaking, noblest-of-the-noble white wine. By now the t-shirts, buttons and tattoos have been distributed, and it’s just about time to dive in.
But to add another wrinkle, the Summer of Riesling folks have the “31 Days of German Riesling.” To join the ‘coalition of the minerally’, one just makes 2 of the 3 Rieslings one is pouring hail from Germany. From anywhere in Germany. Mosel. Nahe. Pfalz. Franken if you’re nasty.
Courtesy of the Wines of Germany, here are five tidbits you may not have realized about German Riesling…
- Germany grows 60% of the world’s Riesling supply — more than 50,000 acres of vines!
- Think all German wines are sweet? You’re wrong. Close to 2/3 of the entire production is trocken (dry).
- Each year, a German Wine Queen is chosen based on her wine knowledge, sparkling wit and overall demeanor. For one year is the ambassador of German wine-growers and their products at some 250 appearances in Germany and abroad. (Might we nominate Ms. Heidi Klum?)
- An ideal complement to many dishes, German Riesling is widely considers to the be the most food compatible white wine in the world.
- It has been argued that of all the white grapes, Riesling is the varietal that best expresses terroir — or the soil the vines are grown in.
Ready to join the brigade? Might we humbly suggest the wines of Melsheimer, Peter Jakob-Kuhn, A. Christmann, Kühling-Gillot, or Nollen Erben?