German Riesling are some of the most difficult wines to produce, particlarly when the vines are grown on tje very steep slopes of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. So why are they so difficult to sell?
A late ripener, often resulting in wines with low to lowish alcohol, a German Riesling makes an aexcellent apertif and is a perfect lunchitime drink. Exciting Rislings are produced all over the world, reflecting the difficult soil and microclimates in which it is grown. A more full-bodied and drier version is produced in Alsace, Austria, and Australia. Alsace, sheltered by the Vosges Mountains, has a warm and dry climate, The extra ripeness in the grapes can be fermented into alcohol. They are great food wines that can also age brilliantly.
The Riesling grape is grown in Germany, Austria, Alsace in France, Australia, Northern Italy, New Zealand, California, Oregon and Washington State.
Today world's most popular white grape, Chadonnay express its varietal character in many forms: from the racy, steely, and nervy wines of Chablis, to the fuller-bodied, buttery rich wine made in the Napa Vally, California.
This is an aromatic grape, which ripens early and is mostly grown in cool-climate vineyards. Its range extends from featherweight tangy, dry white wines like Sauvignon de Touraine, to the ripe, almost tropical-like fruitiness obtained in California, where the less common addition of oak is often adopted and labelled 'Fume Blanc'. Sauvignon Blanc thrives on chalk or gravel soil.
Arguably one fo the most underrated verieties of grapes, Sémillon, Bordeaux's most widely planted white grape, makes delicious dry and sweet wines. With an almost honeyed texture, Sémillon is often partnered by Sauvignon Blanc to lift the acidity, although Australian winemakers also blend Sémillon Trebbiano.
An extremely versatile variety of grapes, Chenin Blanc is capable of making dry and crisp white wines that are great as an aperitif, through to medium, unctuous and sweet styles. Due to the keeen and vibrant acidity often found in Chenin Blanc grape, they make brilliant food wines and can stay in good shape for many years after the vitange.
This distinctive grape variety is known by its friends simply as Gewürtz but sometimes also as Traminer. It provides interese aromas, reminiscent of lychee, rose petals and spice.