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LOCAL RIESLING AGAIN – COULD THIS BE THE ONE?

A few days ago I told you about my experience with Cave Spring Riesling, and here’s another of my favourites. From old vines by Chateau des Charmes.

Dry Riesling is still a difficult sell in these parts. Sure there’s a hard core following, but Riesling gets little respect or love from mainstream drinkers. It’s firmly lodged in the fringe category. But sometimes something comes along that changes minds, and a fringe player makes converts. The wine below may be such a mind changer.

One of the strikes against Riesling is its dual personality – some are a shade too dry, austere, and others are a shade too sweet – to appeal to Mr Average Pinot Grigio drinker. Charmes have crafted a Dry Riesling that waltzes nicely between both extremes – not austere, but gently refreshing – and with delicious delicate citrus flavours. A real charmer. Elegant too. Such a joy to sip – especially daytime or early evening. For me, Riesling is most delightful when not competing with strong food flavours, nor the mood for booziness.

CHATEAU DES CHARMES 10 Riesling ‘Old Vines’, VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake 277228  Vintages $16.95

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