This Wine Blogging Wednesday, #62 is titled “A Grape by Any Other Name”. It is hosted by Dale Cruse over at drinksareonme.net. We are assigned to find a wine with a lesser known varietal on the label. I found this to be a bit of a challenge for two reasons. There are not a lot of lesser know varietals on Long Island. On top of it, this is Drink Local Wine Week, so I wanted to tie everything together, if I could.
When I mentioned the fact that I have to find a lesser know varietal, I am talking about this: instead of drinking Pinot Grigio, I should be drinking, Pinot Gris; instead of a Sauvignon Blanc, I should drink a Fume Blanc…get the picture.
So looking around my local wine shop there was not too much of a selection. In fact there was one. But I was curious about another wine staring me in the face, so I whipped out my BlackBerry Storm and typed in the browser, Riesling, and this according to Wikipedia popped up:
“Many grapes that incorporate the name Riesling are not true Riesling. For example:
- Welschriesling is an unrelated variety, which is common in Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Romania which may also be labeled as Riesling Italico, Welsch Rizling, Olasz Rizling or Laski Rizling.
- Schwarzriesling (Black Riesling) is the German name for Pinot meunier, a grape used in Champagne, but which is also grown in Southern Germany.
- Cape Riesling is the South African name for the French grape Crouchen.
- Gray Riesling is actually Trousseau Gris, a white mutant of the Bastardoport wine grape.
- White Riesling is the ‘real’ Riesling, which is also called Johannisberg Riesling (named after the famed Schloss Johannisberg) and Rhine Riesling (= Riesling Renano in Italy, occasionally Rheinriesling in Austria)”
Notice the last bullet…I just scored! I chose Pindar’s 2007 Johannisberg Riesling. I had no clue. And I was excited because I have a post about my visit to Pindar Vineyards out next week.
This is a beautiful straw colored wine. It has nice viscosity in the glass as I gave it a swirl or two.
On the nose I was getting a nice floral aroma. There was this wonderful honey sent and a very nice Apricot aroma. I really loved the bouquet on this wine.
The taste was even more exciting. The apricot carried over with a touch of honeydew melon. There was creamy honey like flavor that coated the mouth so well. This had great balance of acidity and sweetness. The zing I was getting on the sides of my tongue were making me have more, and the honey lemony citrus finish, that was quite long, was driving me crazy.
This was a semi-dry wine that was a lush medium to full body wine. I had this with some leftover Chinese food and it was just perfect.
This was a Gold Medal Winner at the 2009 Food and Wine Classic this year, and I can see why. This was my first Johannisberg Riesling, but not my first Riesling. I wish I had the time to compare this along with Governor’s cup winner From Anthony Road Winery, but it is just too late in the day. I will have to do it another day.
I highly recommend you pickup this 2007 Johannisberg Riesling. It retails for $16.99 in the Pindar tasting room, but I got it for $ 14.99 at my local shop.
So I tried everything together, “A Grape By Another Name”, Drink Local Wine, Wine Blogging Wednesday, and I also supported my local wine shop. My post is finished; now let me finish this bottle.