A lot of drinkers still don’t trust Riesling. “Isn’t it very sweet?” or “Too tart for my liking.” Both comments are valid because Riesling is capable of expressing itself in a range of styles. And the label doesn’t always tell you which.
But don’t fault the wine for being skittish. You can simplify Riesling by shopping Australia or New Zealand because their wines are always dry – with refreshing, pure flavours. A lovely early evening, or weekend sipper. It’s impossible not to be charmed by Wolf Blass Riesling (505370 $14.95), or check-out the new Kiwi Riesling called Trout Valley. Naturally it comes with a fly fishing tip. (Where’s the ice fishing tips on Ontario Rieslings?)
TROUT VALLEY 08 Riesling, Nelson, New Zealand 177790 $14.95