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Wine Craft: Don’t Make Learning Riesling Difficult

I am going to make learning Riesling very simple. But first, I have to explain the reason for this post.I got into wine education because it pained me (still does) to watch wine experts swoop in to “teach” people about wine and not realize that the only thing they’re leaving behind is a big fat question mark. So many wine educators, sommeliers, and winemakers romanticize details like Brix measurements and the exact rainfall in La Salta in 1996 and in the process forget how to just sit and talk to people about wine in a straightforward, easily understandable way. For that, I am sorry.


One Word Learning Riesling

The biggest hurdle I had to overcome as a sommelier  was ditching those complicated descriptions in favor of concepts even the most novice of wine consumers can understand. In this edition of Wine Craft, I was able to use one word to describe the signature characteristic for each of four different Rieslings from regions from around the world. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Hopefully now you’ll be able to better understand how learning Riesling and how it changes from region to region so you can zero in on the bottle you (and your taste buds) like the most.


Mario’s Picks for Learning Riesling

  • Hugel Riesling from Alsace, France 2013 $19.99 BUY ME!
  • Dr. Loosen Erderner Treppchen Kabinett from Mosel, Germany 2014 $25.99 BUY ME!
  • Murphy’s Law Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington 2012 $10.99 BUY ME!
  • Forrest Estate Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand 2010 $17.99  BUY ME!
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