Riesling, from its spiritual home in Germany, is one of the greatest treasures of the wine world – and this month I’m delighted to raise my glass to ‘31 Days of German Riesling’.
The best bottles gleam like the purest gems – and with a bundle of offers available nationwide until the end of the month, this is the perfect time to taste for yourself.
Waitrose is leading the charge, with 20 per cent off its German Rieslings, and there’s a list of other online offers you can find. I’m particularly entranced by the diversity of the Wine Barn’s mixed case of 12 knockout bottles for £222.77, which reminds me of my very first visit around Germany’s verdant vineyards.
Aside from the jaw-dropping scenery, the thing that blew me away was the breadth of styles Riesling can conjure, from refreshing and zingy to exotic and tropical. And though they all act as a mirror to their method and place, there’s a unifying fruity vitality to these zesty treats, which works a charm with spicy cooking from Thai curries to Mexican tacos.
From Mosel’s fragrant style, to Rheingau’s zingers and the richness of Pfalz, Germany’s wine regions deliver Rieslings that are light on their feet with nimble levels of alcohol.
Highly quaffable as aperitifs, these German Rieslings are spot on for sipping all summer long.
AND YOUR BIRD CAN ZING £29.70 Schloss Vollrads Schlossberg Grosses Gewächs 2018 (13.5%) VINVM and WINE OF THE WEEK £10.95 Fritz Willi 2018 Riesling Friedrich-Willhelm-Gymnasium (11%) N. D. John Wine Merchant
While Riesling can age and evolve in a bottle thanks to its characteristic natural acidity, the Rieslings I’m recommending this week are all about youthful zip. And I’m delighted to see modern labelling and also wines sealed with screwcaps to lock in the freshness that this unique grape unleashes with such impressive zeal.
Grab your glass and get going – it’s time to revel in Riesling!