For many, this grape is panned as only a sweet white wine for novices, and this is just not so.
Forget everything you think you know about Riesling. For many, this grape is panned as only a sweet white wine for novices, and this is just not so. It is a very multi-faceted grape that can range from bone-dry with sauvignon-like acidity, to varying levels of sweetness. Personally, my favorites are the drier Rieslings, so this month I have selected Nik Weis Wiltinger Kabinett Riesling from Mosel, Germany. “Kabinett” refers to the dryness levels, much like the term “brut” for sparkling wines. It pairs with lighter foods, especially salads, and spicy dishes like traditional Chinese and Thai. You’ll also find racy acidy with bright nectarine, grapefruit and apricot notes, loads of minerality, and complex layers of spices. This one received 92 points from Wine Spectator. $21.99.
Kevin Castellano is the general manager of Wayzata Wine and Spirits and a lake-area wine and liquor expert.