Guess what we drink abundantly during the holidays at my house: Riesling! Really, we drink a lot of Riesling – dry, sweet, very sweet bubbly, in whatever form it can come in. There are so many reasons why I love to make and drink Riesling and the holidays are a perfect time of the year to share why.
First, I like low alcohol wines because I enjoy sipping wine all evening long and I don’t like to be drunk (also I hate hangovers). Riesling fits that bill for me – 8.5% alcohol, I love it, 12.5% max, fine.
Second, the acidity of a Riesling fits any food (or at least I have never been trumped by a bad pairing yet). Consider the following holiday dishes (home made of course) in my house and my favorite Pacific Rim wine to pair it with:
– Holiday cocktail with Sparkling Riesling (with Framboise or on its own!)
– Crab cakes with Dry Riesling or with our new Riesling if accompanied by a spicy sauce
– Smoked trout cheese dip: Sweet Riesling here please!
– Foie Gras: Vin De Glaciere
– Choucroute (Sauerkraut + potatoes + various sausages): one of our single vineyards drier styles (Wallula or Solstice)
– Boeuf Bourguignon (alternate: Coq au Vin): Dry Riesling or Solstice
– Chocolate covered marzipan: Riesling Vin De Glaciere or Dauenhauer Riesling
– Tarte Tatin: Riesling Vin de Glaciere
See, there is really a Riesling for everything.
Third, I love to share and surprise people with Riesling. It is always fun to pour a Riesling to people that up front would say: “I don’t drink sweet wines” and then at their first sip adding: “Oh, but this is good”
So what don’t you enjoy the holidays, surprise yourself and your family with some great Rieslings and start your new year resolution early: MUST DRINK MORE RIESLING IN 2011