St. Gabriel Riesling 2014

by Amy

As we all know, I am Riesling's #1 fan (as evidenced here and here and here). So when my dear boss found this bottle for me to try, it made me even more thankful that I have the best job in the world. 

One of my favorite things about Riesling is that you really never know what you're going to get. The varietal is so varied, ranging from dry to sweet, that you're in for a surprise every time you open a bottle from a new vineyard. Though I always expect something aromatic and interesting.

And this one didn't disappoint. 


When I tried St. Gabriel's 2014 vintage, after every sip I couldn't stop saying, "Man . . . this is so good!"


Tasting Notes

This one's got a lot going on. Truth be told, I couldn't get much from the nose other than candied lemon. But that first sip packed quite a punch: there's pear and peach and pineapple and green apple, and I swear it's slightly effervescent when it first hits your tongue. There's not much alcohol in this at all (only 9.5% ABV), and its sweetness is balanced so well by the acid—this is going to be a great wine for pairing or drinking on its own (it's 5 o'clock somewhere, y'all). 

It doesn't officially declare it on the bottle, but I'd say this is a Spätlese (shpate-lay-zuh): a German designation for a late-harvest wine. Because these grapes stay on the vine longer, these wines can be run off-dry to a little sweet, depending on when the vinter decided to harvest.

Price Point

Certainly a bargain for what you get: you can find it here (on sale!) for $9.99.

Pairings

This aromatic, off-dry beauty will play nicely with many things: spicy Asian dishes (I'm looking at you, Thai curries), pork, soft cheeses, and apple desserts.

*This is imported by Prestige Wine Group—I can't wait to see what else is in their lineup! Because in case you can't tell, I LOVED this wine.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2014

by Amy

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Ahh, it's springtime!

Longer days, warmer nights, lots of budding trees and the return of the color green.

'Tis the season for white wine!

Today I've brought you a value wine that's got some bang for its buck. You'll want to pair this one with your spring dishes: anything with chicken, asparagus, mild cheeses, or something light and fresh.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2014 is a medium-dry Riesling—it's not too sweet, lending itself as a delicious apéritif (but it drinks well by itself, too!). It's lightly floral, tasting of apple blossoms, peach, and lime, and offset by slight minerality, giving the wine a nice balance.

And guess what?

It's only $9.

Boundary Breaks Riesling

By Amy

One of my favorite things about December is the flood of End of Year lists.

Oh, you know the ones I'm talking about: The Best Books of 2015! 2015's Biggest Red Carpet Fails! The Most Memorable Moments of All the Things That Happened or Could Have Happened or Maybe-Sorta-Kinda Happened in 2015! 

Those lists are fine and good, and we all read them (fess up: I know I'm not the only one). But honestly? My favorite End of Year list has do do with, unsurprisingly, FOOD. 

And yesterday, I had my #1 lunch of the year. Isn't it great when you save the best things for last?

My fearless leader took us out for Christmas lunch at Etch here in Nashville. I've admired Etch from afar for a while, reading rave reviews about its eclectic mix of food that was rumored to be done extremely well. Their most renowned dish is actually an appetizer—of roasted cauliflower.

Ok, you don't just make people rave about cauliflower if you don't know what you're doing.

And yes, the cauliflower lived up to the hype! Condiments, people. It's all about the condiments.

Tender-crisp cauliflower florets,  lightly charred on the ends, were paired with a spread of roasted red pepper sauce, a creamy feta dip, truffled pea pesto (I swear it had hints of smokiness), and blanched almonds. I mean, come on.

And the wine list—so extensive! I ordered the Boundary Breaks 2012 Riesling Ovid Line North, which paired delightfully with this appetizer. The wine is crisp and smooth, not-too-sweet, and has some lovely citrus notes that played well against the roasted red pepper and creamy feta. 

Bonus: it's only $19.95 per bottle!

P.S. If you're looking for a great meal in Nashville, go to Etch. Lunch prices were especially reasonable!

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Emile Beyer Riesling

by Amy

When one goes to Las Vegas, one expects to find a city rife with slot machines, stale cigarette smoke, panhandlers and, well, general debauchery. 

One does not expect to find a bustling food scene. 

Especially a delicious urban coffee bar that may have the best pour over I've ever had, or one of the best breakfasts I've enjoyed in a long time (I'll miss you, Latin hash). 

I've just returned from a week-long trip to Vegas (no gambling for me: boyfriend and I went to see Queen Reba perform at her Caesars residency), and I must say, I'm glad to be out of the sensory-overload experience and back in my own kitchen. Though I admit, I did have a heck of a time eating my way through the city, and I'll be chronicling some of my Vegas wine adventures in the next few weeks.

One night, we were hankering for some French bistro fare and moseyed our way to Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas before we saw Jersey Boys (Um, have you seen this? It's disarmingly good!). This Emile Beyer Riesling caught my eye (and not for the usual reasons, mind you; I wanted a Riesling, and this was the only option I saw, so there). 

This dry, fruity white is deliciously smooth and boasts lemon notes and a crisp finish.

It would complement seafood or chicken dishes nicely, but I really enjoyed it alongside goat cheese baked with a light tomato sauce and sopped up with a toasted garlic baguette. 

Get your own bottle for $23.99.


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Barefoot Riesling

By Amy

Sometimes you just need a good, cheap wine. You really do. Whether it's Tuesday night and you've hard a hard day, or your friend calls with a frantic holy-crap-can-you-bring-the-wine? to a party, Barefoot Riesling is a good, crowd-pleasing staple that won't break the bank.

A sweeter white with hints of orange blossom and apple, this puppy retails for only $6.99 (though I frequently find it for $5!).

 

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