Salmon Run 2001 New York Johannisberg Riesling ($10.99)
"Johannisberg Riesling," a term that's gradually being phased out under U.S. law, is simply another name for true Riesling (also sometimes labeled "White Riesling"). This one from the respected Dr. Konstantin Frank winery offers an excellent introduction to the grape and to the wines of New York State, showing real Riesling character in a simple but balanced wine. A clear, pale brass color, it offers light fruit and floral scents, peaches and a whiff of mango and white flowers. Soft fresh-fruit sweetness is well balanced with firm, crisp acidity in an appealing wine that could pass as a ringer in a tasting of German Rieslings. US Importer: (Nov 16, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Riesling may be the ultimate food wine, marrying happily with a broad range of foods and flavors. It's one of my top choices for Thanksgiving turkey, and it was very fine indeed with a simple autumn dinner of pork loin roasted with sauerkraut.



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