Finger Lakes Wine Month: Riesling

May is Finger Lakes Wine Month!

Spotlight on: Riesling

 

The first plantings in the Finger Lakes date all the way back to the early 1800s, and the region quickly became famous for its super crisp sparkling wines and sweet, grapey table wines.  Production continued through Prohibition for the Catholic Church but it wasn’t until post- World War II that the Finger Lakes began to really focus on fine wines, as soldiers came back from Europe with a taste for drier vinifera wines.  

Producers started experimenting with French-American hybrid grapes and increasing plantings of classic European Vitis vinifera varieties throughout the 1950s.  Due to the cold winters and limestone soils, the varieties best suited to the Finger Lakes turned out to be some of the traditional grapes out of Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe, naturally, especially Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and, of course, Riesling!

Originating in the Rhine region of Germany, Riesling has always been a favorite grape of sommeliers, aficionados and white wine drinkers of all ages.  Featuring beautiful floral aromatics (orange blossom, honeysuckle), soft orchard and and stone fruit (pear, apple, peach, apricot) with crisp citrus notes (lime) and highlighted by mineral (stone, flint, chalk) characteristics, Rieslings can range from bone dry through semi-dry, and all the way to dessert sweet, so there’s always something for any white wine drinker to fall in love with!

 

Try:

 

Dry Semi-Dry Sweet
Ryan William             ($19.99)
Red Newt                     ($18.99)
Hermann Wiemer ($20.99)
Billsboro                       ($16.99)
Red Newt                ($12.99)
Red Tail Ridge     ($14.99)
Boundary Breaks($14.99)
Dr Frank                 ($16.99)
Heron Hill                  ($13.99)
Glenora                       ($14.99)

Standing Stone Ice

(Dessert Wine)       ($28.99)

Bonus:

Dr Frank Celebre Sparkling Riesling    ($19.99)