Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Washington State Riesling to the Rescue

It's hot. I'm hot. I'm tired. I'm overworked. I'm eating lots of takeout.

Riesling to the rescue.

There is no joy so profound as I experience back to school, Labor Day, and the looming need to buy fall clothes as a cool bottle of Riesling waiting for me in the fridge when I pull into the driveway after a long day of work with a few cartons of Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Japanese food sitting on the passenger seat next to me. Riesling is the perfect match for Asian food, and because you can store it in the fridge it's always ready when you need it (just let it warm up for 10-15 minutes before your drink it or you'll miss out on Riesling's extraordinary aromas).

Because I love its low alcohol zinginess and Asian food-friendliness so much, I'm always on the lookout for new labels I haven't tried before. My latest discovery is the 2006 Mildbrandt Traditions Riesling from Washington. I purchased this for $12.49 in my local grocery store; you can find it near you for between $10 and $15. It was pale in color which suggested cool, clear water. The aromas and flavors ran the spectrum of citrus and flowers from orange blossom, to Meyer lemon, to lemon peel. There was a nice, juicy finish that kept you reaching for more to sip along with your ever-diminishing pile of pad thai. This wine also had a relatively low alcohol level for a domestic white at only 12.5%, which is good news when it's so hot outside.

What I loved most about this wine was that it was slightly off-dry but still restrained and balanced. Oh, and I loved its pricepoint, too. This certainly qualifies as a wine with excellent QPR, given its clear, refreshing citrus and floral flavors. It may not be as complex as a German Riesling, but it will combine with your takeout beautifully. So if you see this in your local store buy several bottles, leave them in the fridge, and the next time you're running late and General Tso is your dinner date you'll have one less thing to worry about.


Italian Wine Blog said...

I'm all over the Rieslings at the moment too Spatlese and Auslese especially.

I have a recommendation for you good Dr. Good wine for $10 infact.

90 point say me, says the rest too

Inama Soave Classico

I'd love to know what you think of this baby.

Joe Roberts said...

On of my all-time fav combos (along with Gewurtz & Northern Indian cuisine).

Director, Lab Outreach said...

I'm surprised we haven't run into each other at the Thai place or on the Riesling aisle. You've just described the culinary highlights of my summer as well. It's probably not at the local supermarket, but Talley's Estate Riesling ($14) is a stunner if you can get some. It's grown on entirely own-rooted vines (I drove the people at the winery nuts recently insisting we go through the Rincon Vineyard's rootstock block by block -- everyone at the Rational Denial lab is on a bit of an ungrafted kick at the moment. We've drunk deeply of Levenberg's kool-aid) and is a brilliant expression of Arroyo Grande terroir. Which I get sounds super wankish, but it's just one of those wines that carries you to the dirt.

J David

Taster A said...

Now that summer is here and almost gone, (I’m still wondering where June went), I’ve been drinking a lot of similar whites. It has been a great break from the high alcohol reds. Not being one who likes the effects of alcohol, I find that I can enjoy them longer. I’ll keep an eye out for this one.

Dr. Debs said...

Thanks, everybody. I'll keep my eyes out for the Talley, and the Inama (which I think I've seen and maybe even tasted? But I can't find the notes). By the way, Joe, gewurz goes great with southern Indian food, too!