Tasting - In defence of Riesling
Wednesday October 12
6pm - 7.30pm
“I am crazy about Riesling. I don’t order it all the time because not everybody gets crazy about it. I don’t know why. I don’t know what’s wrong with these people.” Pete Wells, New York Times
"Let me answer Pete Wells’ implied question—what’s wrong with… people (who don’t like Riesling). Here’s what’s wrong with them. They have very poor taste. That doesn’t make them bad people, but it creates a bad (or unfortunate) thing; poor taste decides the market for the greatest wine grape of them all" - Terry Theise
Is there another grape that provokes so much ire and desire in equal measure. We in the trade love it - google it and you'll get a link to a dire stuff article entitled "The Wine that winemakers drink" but many consumers just don't understand it. How sweet is it some ask - as sweet as it tastes is usually my answer as the numbers, more often than non, lie.
We are going to taste through 8 wines from around the globe, wines that wines that range from desert-dry to tooth-tinglingly sweet, wines that range from uber-traditional to ultra-modern. With this tasting we will look at different regional and stylistic expressions, where the grape has come from, where its going and ask the question... Does Riesling even need defending?