Riesling && Dry Riesling
Rieslings come from all over the world, really dry to really sweet and everything in between. Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region. Along with Chardonnay, Riesling is one of the top white grapes in the world. This aromatic, deliciously refreshing wine, tastes like the nectar of apples, apricots, peaches and pears. It’s usually crisp, due to its high levels of acidity, but Riesling is known for its strong floral aromas.
Scott, our award-winning winemaker, can even taste the shale out of the soil when drinking a glass of Riesling, called the minerality of wine. The minerals from the soil are absorbed by the Riesling grapes during growth and then are therefore noticed in the finish of the wine. Sometimes it’s more prominent depending upon where the grape originated from. On a recent trip to the Finger Lakes in New York, Scott was explaining this minerality taste to his crew, but they were still unsure. He literally had each person put a small piece of shale in their mouth in order to taste this minerality. Afterwards, they then drank some Riesling and were able to further understand, compare AND taste the minerality in their wine.
At Seven Mountains Winery, we have two different Rieslings, one is bone dry and the other is semi dry with a residual sugar at 1.8%. Riesling is a very versatile wine regardless of what dish you have in front of you. In general, pair lighter, crisper Rieslings with delicate (or raw) fish; more substantial Rieslings are good with Asian food, chicken, salmon and tuna.
If you haven’t tried our Rieslings yet, stop by on Thursday for pan seared Flounder and pair it with our special. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
We also sell wine by the bottle here at the cafe, saves you a trip from going over the mountain 🙂