Jul
3

Schloss Gobelsburg Brut Nature n/v

Bet you didn’t know that Gobelsburg, one of the best producers in Austria, made killer sparkling blend of Gruner Veltliner (from Grand Cru fruit), Riesling and Pinot Noir for quite

Mar
9

Ojai Riesling Kick On Ranch 2010

Riesling is not associated with California, and for good reason. The grape generally does terrible there and prefers far cooler climates and schistier soils. There are a small number of

Sep
16

A Tale of Two Rieslings: Marcel Deiss Engelgarten 2009 and Eblin-Fuchs Rosacker 2008

Alsace remains undiscovered country. Few have the opportunity to taste broadly or deeply of the region’s wines, relying instead on precedent. Precedent has proven valuable but leaves an impression that

Aug
8

Spotlight on Riesling: Zinck Grand Cru Pfersigberg Riesling 2009

I could indulge my passion for Riesling indefinitely, which is perhaps why this spotlight seems never ending. Not a bad thing in my mind, but it is maybe time to

Jul
14

Spotlight on Riesling: Albert Mann Rosenberg Riesling 2010

Alsatian wines have a reputation for unctuousness. This is a mischaracterization. I was lucky to spend several days in Alsace about a year ago and the variety of styles is

Jun
23

Spotlight on Riesling: Selbach Oster 2008 Riesling Spatlese Zeltinger Sonnenuhr “Rotlay”

Riesling, the world’s most transparent grape, is not friends with the standard wine tasting note. ‘Electric’, ‘citrus’, ‘peach’, ‘laser-like’. As far as I can tell from the majority of wine

Jun
3

Spotlight on Riesling: Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2004

There are Rieslings, and then there are Muller Rieslings. German Riesling – the best Riesling in the world – can be easy, quaffable wine; delicious serious wine; and a wonderful

May
26

Spotlight on Riesling: A. J. Adam “Hofberg” Kabinett 2010

It is an uncommon event for a new producer to arise in Germany’s Mosel that quickly vaults into the upper echelon of reputation. A.J. Adam started making his own wines

May
9

Spotlight on Riesling: Rippon Riesling 2008

It would be easy to focus this entire spotlight on the Germans, given the sheer diversity, quantity and quality of Riesling from that land. However, Riesling has also made some

Apr
21

Spotlight on Riesling: Donnhoff Norheimer Dellchen Grosses Gewachs Riesling Trocken 2006

One of Riesling’s great qualities is the ease with which it is consumed. But what makes Riesling one of the greatest grapes in the world is its astounding ability, particularly