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Riesling = expertise + creative skin in the game

September 1, 2017

At Forbes today, Cathy Huyghe thinks about delicious white wines:

5 White Wines To Celebrate The Last Hurrah Of Summer, Each With A Twist

This weekend, take it easy. While you’re at it, make it easy to continue savoring all we love about cool white wine. Let me be perfectly clear: I am in no way suggesting that we stop drinking white wine just because this weekend is the official end of summer.

Please, don’t. I’ve written before, and would gladly write again, about the appeal of white wines in winter, when your palate needs a lift from the weight of darker colder days, when you’re looking for an antidote to the big glasses, big fruit, and big alcohol of heavy red wines.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

It is summer, still, and I’d like to encourage you this Labor Day weekend to linger in the longer light of the holiday afternoons and evenings. I’ve got some suggestions to pour into the glass at your hand as a “last hurrah” of summer, and here’s the twist: along with these suggestions, I’m including five “go-alongs,” which are things to keep in-stock in your kitchen that will encourage you to enjoy these refreshing white wines now and well into the months ahead. This weekend, take it easy. While you’re at it, make it easy to continue savoring all we love about cool white wine.


2014 Smith-Madrone Riesling

Why (why?) do we not drink more Riesling from California? From Napa, even? Yes, I know (I know…) that Napa wins with its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, and even with its Sauvignon Blanc. But, if you’re a college football fan, that’s a little like saying Alabama, USC or Ohio State are going to win the NCAA title this year, so what’s the use in all the other teams even playing? Come on. You know that there’s more to it than that, that it’s the chutzpah that makes it interesting, and that there are winemakers in Napa with a lot more experience and creative skin in the game. Stu and Charles Smith have been working these vines — these specific Riesling vines in a specific location on the slopes of Spring Mountain — for more than 42 years now. They get what needs to be got from it, and put it all in the bottle.

Go-Along: Chopsticks and fresh lychee nuts, which are in season now, come from farms in California, Texas and Florida, and they’re available in major supermarkets.



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