There’s just something happy about Riesling wine. Maybe it’s that you literally have to smile when you say, “Reece-ling” or perhaps it’s because Riesling remains one of the most truly versatile, food-friendly, palate fresh wines on the market, either way we’ve rounded up some of our recent favorites in the world of bright-eyed bottles of snappy, happy Riesling. These wines find firm footing from Elkton, Oregon to Alsace, France and several sweet spots in between.
Family-owned and family-run, Bradley Vineyards’ roots run deep in Elkton, Oregon, which is situated about an hour south of Eugene along the Umpqua River. Cultivating close to 30 acres with a mix of grapes in the ground, the 2015 Off-dry Riesling shows a heady mix of white flowers and exotic stone fruit on the nose. Promising to bring lip-smacking acidity that is generously balanced by a delicious dose of residual sugar, this bottle is a fantastic ambassador for Oregon Riesling.
This is a classic, dry style Riesling representative from Australia’s cool climate of Eden Valley, tucked into the the famed Barossa Valley of South Australia. Expect this single vineyard bottle to show ripe citrus, green apple, honeysuckle and a touch of minerality on the nose. Bright acidity, medium-bodied and fully capable of making the most of all sorts of Asian fusion themes.
Alsace and aromatics go hand in hand, and this particular bone dry, Alsatian Riesling is no exception. Fresh and cheery, the 2014 Hugel Riesling releases an engaging bouquet of Granny Smith apple, nectarine nuances, and a touch of lemon verbena on the nose. Bright, white and ready to rumble with savvy seafood picks, Hugel is a go-to name for easy to find, well-distributed Alasatian wines.
Plenty of peppy peach and lemon-lime citrus carry the inviting aromatic introduction of the popular Kung Fu Girl Riesling. Leaning towards the slightly sweeter side of the Riesling spectrum (but not in the unctuous, syrupy danger zone), this Washington born 100% Riesling keeps things fresh with zippy acidity and forward fruit character. Easy to find, easy to drink and easy on the wallet – that’s Kung Fu for you.
Well-known for producing time-honored Mosel Riesling, Dr. Loosen’s Blue Slate Estate Kabinett shines the spotlight on the middle Mosel villages of Bernkastel, Graach and Wehlen. Named for the characteristic blue Devonian slate soils of the area, this 2014 Riesling does a remarkable job reflecting the mineral-driven soil and style while carrying considerable peach, green apple, and candied florals with tangy acidity, plenty of sweet and an engaging, lingering finish. Always a fresh pick for spicy Asian fare.