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English: 2006 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spät...

English: 2006 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spätlese from St.-Urbanshof. A semi-sweet wine from the Saar subregion of Mosel (in 2006 still called Mosel-Saar-Ruwer). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Riesling is a white wine which originated in the German river valleys of Rhein and Mosel and is still very popular in Germany today. This wine can span a wide variety of pallets from dry to sweet, light to full-bodied. These pale wines are gaining in popularity as wine lovers discover the many flavors Rieslings have to offer, this has made it the fastest growing white wine in the United States.


This light-colored grape is highly adaptable and flourishes in a variety of climates but prefers colder climates. While it is still found primarily in Germany, this fruit can also be found in France, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, South Africa and China. The fruit of this vine is considered to be “terrioir expressive” meaning that its flavor is highly influenced by the soil conditions it is grown in. Wine from each region and country have their own unique flavors.


Riesling is perhaps the most versatile of wines as its own variance between sweet and dry varieties lend its flavors to almost everything. This wine works well for all courses from appetizers through to desserts. It also pairs well with everything from sweet to spicy.


One problem many consumers have is that producers do not put enough information on the label and consumers are unable to tell if the Riesling is a sweet or dry variety. One way to tell is to look at the alcohol content. If the wine has under 10% alcohol then the wine will be sweet, 10-12% would be a slightly sweet wine and higher than 12% would be a noticeably dry wine.


This is a fantastic wine for collectors as it ages well. The aging potential in Rieslings come from the naturally low pH level. The aging potential of this wine increases as the sugar level increases, dessert-style sweet Rieslings have the potential of aging well for 100 years. By keeping your wine properly stored and maintaining a constant 50-55°F you will help you wine age gracefully.


If you’re looking for a crisp, refreshing and versatile wine, then you have found your match the assortment of available Rieslings.