Riesling to the Rescue

By / Wine + Drinks / May 28th, 2014 / 3

Eddie Cochrane sang about the “Summertime Blues” and considering the winter and spring we’ve all endured you’d think this year those “blues” wouldn’t be coming around any time soon.

But we’re all Canadian and the one thing that unifies us (besides Hockey – Go Habs Go!) is our collective complaining about the weather; so it won’t be long before we all will have something to say about the sweltering heat and humidity.

Time to refresh those taste buds with a few summer sippers to help you beat the heat; and a perfect place to start is with Riesling, the ultimate summer wine full of acidity and bright flavours to enliven the mouth and perk up the palate. Nothing beats it on a hot summer day.

Casa-Dea 2011 Riesling, Ontario ($16.95)

The minerality and the acidity really fight it out here with stone fruit playing the balancing role between the duo of dries. Clean, crisp and refreshing with kick-ass citrus on the long finish

Tantalus 2012 Riesling, British Columbia ($23.00)

Fruit driven with apple and pear then comes a mineral sensation that tingles the tongue – look out for some petrol nuances that seem to be creeping in.

G.H. von Mumm’sches Weingut 2013 50 degrees, Germany ($14.95)

Slate and mineral lead the charge on the nose and palate with lime and mac apple mixing in on the palate. Dry with a long lingering finish.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.

Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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