In California, after several weeks of teasingly cooler climates, the temperature is back in the upper 80s. Welcome Indian summer! Indian summer is the time to savor those last sips of hot summer weather. And I can’t think of a better wine to do that than Riesling. Riesling is incredibly refreshing, and it goes well with just about everything. Try it with spicy Thai food, salads, fish, poultry, Mexican dishes, appetizers, and desserts.
Riesling can be very sweet (think traditional German Rieslings) to somewhat sweet to just barely sweet (or semi dry). The more dry the Riesling, the more food friendly it is.
Riesling’s food friendliness and refreshing qualities come from a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Even with the sweetest of Rieslings, you are still likely to experience a puckering sensation as the wine goes down your throat. Riesling’s cleansing acidity leaves you wanting to take a bite of food, and after taking a bite of food, you’ll want a sip of wine. A tasty exchange.
Many people steer clear of Riesling, because they think of it as a syrupy sweet wine. If you haven’t ventured off into the drier Rieslings, you are in for a treat.
I would love to know what you think of Riesling and what your favorites Rieslings are. Please post your comments here!