They say you cannot buy happiness, but you can surely buy wine, and honestly, sometimes that is almost the same. Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant and every day happier. So, if Riesling wine is one of your favourites and you want to know more about it, we are here to give you the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
It is a highly fruity and aromatic grape variety. It is respected and admired for its pure fruit flavour, diversity of styles and its ability to age for decades.
The combination of ripe fruit and acidity is what makes this wine crisp and juicy. Naturally, Riesling has a higher level of acidity than any other wine and this is what greatly contributes to its crispiness. If the wine lacks acidity that means that the grapes have been picked too late.
It is true that Riesling wine should be cold, but it does not mean ice cold. If it is too cold, the flavours and aromas will not come out right. The ideal temperature for serving sweet Riesling wine is 8-10°C which can be achieved if you leave your wine for 20 minutes in the fridge. On the other hand, dry or well-aged Rieslings usually taste better when served a few degrees warmer.
The home of Riesling is Germany which is still the greatest producer of this grape variety, with 54, 000 acres spread across 13 wine regions. Australia is the second largest source of Riesling in the world with 10, 000 acres, and the third place takes Washington state with 5, 300 acres.
The great diversity of sweetness levels and regional styles mean that Riesling can match any flavour profile of almost every dish.
This is because of local factors, such as regional climate, the different soil, the micro-climate of the vineyard, the different farming methods and the individual wine-making techniques. All these have a great role in how the wine tastes.
As a result of its acid structure, Riesling wine can age longer than other wines. Even after a century, classic German Rieslings can have an amazing taste. Generally, Riesling reaches its peak of maturity within 15 to 20 years. However, keep in mind that a matured Riesling wine does not taste at all like a young one. As they age, these wines lose that primary fruit note they have in their youth. With age, they gain greater depth and complexity.