Riesling is the new Chardonnay

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Re: Riesling is the new Chardonnay

Postby Paul B. » Thu Apr 20, 2006 10:38 pm

Interesting observations! In a way, I hope that this is the beginning of a turning of the tide from a public preference for wines that "don't offend" in any way, and have to have that hit of residual sugar. It's not that there aren't great sweet wines in the world; of course there are, and their legendary status can't be called into question. But as you know, here in northeastern North America there is a definite preference for the sweet and innocuous among visitors to tasting rooms, and this demand - real as it is - forces many wineries to produce that style of wine simply because it sells, not because the winemakers themselves would do it that way if they had an economic option. Hopefully if more young people (the future market, after all) prefer dry wines, the long-awaited impetus to begin experimenting with dry table-wine styles where this has not happened before may finally be born.
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Re: Riesling is the new Chardonnay

Postby Ed Draves » Fri Apr 21, 2006 10:43 am

With all the different styles and flavor profiles avilable from the Riesling grape, it is a natural for skyrocketing popularity. Give a person a sample of Ravines 04 and Chateau Lafayette Reneau 05 Johannisberg, Cave Spring Riesling Indian summer, and St Urbanshof 04 QBA and they are bound to dig at least one of them (and all under $20). There are many great Chardonnay based wines with different profiles out there as well, but the Riesling is so damn good.
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