However, I’ve often felt that the problem with Riesling is that it wears too many hats. When we look to Germany, we find an entire classification system with dry (Trocken) to off-dry (Feinherb) and a number of other designations beyond and in between. It’s worth knowing the differences, but don’t let yourself become too obsessed. There’s simply too much and too many variations. In my opinion, the designation Kabinett is one of the most enjoyable styles for a broad range of palates. They usually have a hint of sweetness often balanced perfectly by acidity. They are great with a broad range of foods and remain fresh and clean through the finish.
It’s also important to remember that Riesling doesn’t begin and end with Germany. In fact, Riesling is especially well-known for its ability to show a sense of place. In each region you’ll find a new expression that challenges you to dig deeper. Look beyond Germany to Alsace, Austria, Australia, New Zealand and the United States for a kaleidoscope of different expressions. I’ve tried to include a number of wines and styles from different regions and I found it hard not to keep going.
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