Our first sweet Riesling is now bottled and shipping. What a fun wine! It is made from 100% Columbia Valley grapes picked a bit riper than the grapes for our Dry Riesling. We stop the fermentation at 8.5% Ethanol leaving about 7% of Residual Sugar. The wine is packed with acid and we leave a good amount of Carbon Dioxide to make it lively (yet not spritzy).
Well, it just tastes great. The wine is sweet but the acid makes it very appropriate with food. Spicy food is always a great match (Mexican, Thai, Carribean, everything works as long as it is hot!). The low alcohol (8.5%) does not make the dish hotter and the sugar reduces the burning sensation. The final acid bite cleans up the palate so you are ready for another bite. The sweet Riesling is also very good by itself on a warm summer day. It is a fun wine to make and a great wine to sip.