All to often, when I suggest Rieslings to customers the almost automatic response is “oh no, too sweet!”. What if I told you that the majority of my rieslings were on the dry side? How can this be when it seems like every Riesling is obnoxiously sweet? Well, what I told you when it comes to better quality Riesling, more of it is made dry then sweet? Most shop owners and wine program directors at generic chain restaurants are too lazy to find Rieslings that offer more complexity then a spoon of sugar. This is why you need to shop at Veritas and not your run of the mill store that excels at selling Craptastic Lite and OrangeTail wines at dirt cheap prices.
Let me introduce you to the 2011 Zum Riesling. With a floral and perfume aroma that will remind you of a garden in full bloom, this wine starts you off right. Now we all associate floral smell with sweetness. But this wine is doing to be off-dry, meaning on the sweetness scale with 10 being the sweetest, this wine comes in at a 3. On the palate, there are notes of lime, apple, honey, and minerality. The vibrant acidity is balanced by just a touch of sweetness that will leave your palate satisfied and refreshed.
I rarely give food pairing recommendations until I meet the drinker and see where their palate stands but this wine is different. Off the bat I’ll say this – if you like any seafood, this Riesling makes the perfect pairing. Especially sushi, oysters and clams.