Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Top Ten Rieslings Under $10

1. Fetzer Valley Oaks German Riesling 2005 (Germany) $9
The Fetzer Valley Oaks German Riesling is an off-dry, low-alcohol Riesling sourced from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer and the Rheinhessen, two of Germany's prominent grape growing regions. The flavor profile boasts abundant apple, pear and peach combinations with an enticing semi-sweet finish. Fetzer's Valley Oaks offers an authentic German Riesling, that is easy on the palate, easy on the wallet and is versatile enough to be featured with many a meal.

2. Jacob's Creek Riesling 2004 (Australia) $9
A shining example of an Australian Riesling. Jacob's Creek has captured the essence of dry Rieslings and made them available for all at a very reasonable price. The refreshing flavors of lemon and melon greet your palate, followed by an explosion of grapefruit, all settling in to a tangy, clean finish with moderate minerality. This wine is made for a summertime salad or grilled fish.

3. Firestone Vineyard's Select Riesling 2004 (California) $8
Firestone has produced a classic off-dry Riesling that combines fruit-forward flavors of apricot, pear and apple with a crisp minerality that kicks in to offer substantial support to this full-bodied wine. A terrific partner for Mahi Mahi with pineapple salsa or other seafood delight.

4. Beringer's 2003 Johannisberg Riesling (California) $7
A value wine from Beringer. This particular Riesling lies on the sweeter side and is a perfect introductory Riesling that pairs well with everything from simple appetizers to pasta dishes. It is the recipient of several gold medal honors including "Best of Class" at the 2004 California State Fair and 2004 Taster's Guild International Wine Competition. A bargain at only $7 a bottle.

5. Kendall Jackson's Vintner's Reserve Riesling 2004 (California) $9
This gold medal winning wine is an easy to find Riesling that is sure to suit a wide variety of palates. Ripe fruit flavors of peaches and pear are accentuated by subtle notes of cinnamon and spice. This light, white wine will parnter well with Asian fare or salty fish entrees.

6. Fetzer Vineyards Valley Oaks Riesling 2004 (California) $9
This pale yellow wine is a delicate blend of fruit and floral flavors that are sure to please a variety of palate preferences. A great pick for a plate full of chicken or fish.

7. Wynns Coonawarra Estate Riesling 2002(Australia) $9
If you are itching to see the new screw cap tops, then this may be your lucky pick! Wynns Coonawarra Estate has opted to forego cork and ensure a delightful taste in this vintage of Riesling for their consumers. After you are done peering at the screw cap, buckle up for a terrific wine - full of apple, lemon and lime with an amazing finish.

8. Hogue Cellars Johannisberg Riesling 2004 (Washington) $9
This Riesling from Washington's Columbia Valley has juicy flavors of tangerine, lemon and ripe apricot with a subtle pumpkin spice nuance sprinkled in. A perfect picnic wine, will pair nicely with sandwiches or spicy fare. Hogue Cellars has also been on the cutting edge of utilizing screw cap closures for their wines
9. Felton Road Riesling 2004 (New Zealand) $10
This is a low alcohol (9.5%) wine with higher levels of residual sugar, making for an off-dry Riesling that would complement spicy ethnic dishes as well as blackened fish. Flavors consist of tropical fruits, specifically mandarin oranges and lemon with a nice finish.

10. Rosemount Estate Diamond Traminer Riesling (Australia) $10
This is a beautiful Gewurztraminer and Riesling blend that truly combines the best of both grapes. The Gewurztraminer offers up fresh tropical fruit flavors while the Riesling provides the balance and the acidity for the finish. A zesty wine with a myriad of food matching options - think fish, chicken, Mexican or Asian fare.

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