- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, 2007, $11

The largest producer of Riesling in the United States, Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle has long sold a dry version of this increasingly popular white varietal in the Pacific Northwest.

With the 2007 vintage, the wine has become available on the East Coast. Wine lovers on our side of the country should rejoice as it’s a veritable steal.

Riesling sometimes suffers from the misperception that it has to taste sweet. Many renditions do, but many others come in a dry style. A good Riesling always will display at least some succulent fruitiness, but that initial sweet flavor should be balanced by refreshing acidity, leaving an overall impression of crisp refreshment.

That’s precisely what happens with this wine. It offers bright apple, peach and lime flavors with steely undertones, and so seems energizing.

Dry Riesling can be a very versatile food partner. It pairs well with many seafood dishes, as well as all sorts of salads, and has a special affinity for spicy Asian fare. It also ages well, because of its high level of natural acidity. Don’t be afraid, then, to buy this wine by the case.

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