Wine Wednesday – 2011 Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling

2011 Chateau Ste Michelle RieslingOK, I must admit, not liking Rieslings all that much, that I picked this wine up by mistake thinking it was a Chardonnay. Boy, was I surprised! It was really very refreshing, light and not too sweet and was enjoyed down to the last drop.

This Washington state vineyard, located in Columbia Valley, has a full complement of wonderful wines from Sauvignon Blancs to Chardonnays to Cabernet Sauvignons, all of which I have tried and enjoyed, however, they have the notable distinction of being the largest Riesling producer in the world as well as having the #1 selling American Riesling. This particular vintage, pale yellow in color, is a medium-dry wine with peach, pear and light citrus characteristics accompanied by a hint of minerality. It is light to medium-bodied and finishes very nicely. It is a wonderful summer wine and a bargain at the $7.99 price point.

Food Pairing: This off-dry Riesling is a versatile wine and pairs well with a range of foods. Try it with spicy dishes such as Asian shrimp, Indian chicken or sweet barbecue pulled pork as well as smoked fish, grilled duck, turkey and even cold cuts.  It will also match up well with salty foods as well as sweeter vegetables like corn or yams but stay away from red meat with its strong flavor as it tends to overshadow this light wine.

Price Range: $5.99-$12.99

Rating 4 out of 5

Linda's Signature

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