I got into wine education because it pained me (still does) to watch wine experts swoop in to “teach” people about wine and not realize that the only thing they’re leaving behind is a big fat question mark. So many wine educators, sommeliers, and winemakers romanticize details like Brix measurements and the exact rainfall in La Salta in 1996 and in the process forget how to just sit and talk to people about wine in a straightforward, easily understandable way. For that, I am sorry. The biggest hurdle I had to overcome as a sommelier was ditching those complicated descriptions in favor of concepts even the most novice of wine consumers can understand. In this edition of Wine Craft, I was able to use one word to describe the signature characteristic for each of four different Rieslings from regions from around the world. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Hopefully now you’ll be able to better understand how Riesling changes from region to region so you can zero in on the bottle you (and your taste buds) like the most.
Do you have a favorite Riesling? Let us know in the comments and Mario will help you pair it with something equally delicious!
- Hugel Riesling from Alsace, France 2013 $19.99 BUY ME!
- Dr. Loosen Erderner Treppchen Kabinett from Mosel, Germany 2014 $25.99 BUY ME!
- Murphy’s Law Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington 2012 $10.99 BUY ME!
- Forrest Estate Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand 2010 $17.99 BUY ME!
Mario Luna is a Certified Sommelier and owner of Mario Luna Somm, a company dedicated to “Developing the Sommelier in You” through online wine courses, blogs, and other user-friendly content. He lives in Las Vegas where, in addition to working on the famous Las Vegas Strip, he serves as a consultant for large-scale wine events, specialty shops, and all kinds of wine tastings. You can contact Mario at his website or check out his courses, including the top-selling Wine for Beginners, here.