This is the Governor’s Cup Winner this past year. Did it deserve the medals, I have no clue since I am not a judge and I have not tasted the wines it was up against. What I can tell you is that this lasted about 40 minuets in the bottle. And a long time Pinot Grigio fan, who only drinks Pinot Grigio, my mother in law, was shaking the bottle to get every last drop.
I received this as part of my New York Cork Club Membership a while back. I kept waiting to bring this out with friends or family to our local BYOB Thai place. But that never happened.
So on Valentine’s day, my wife asked me what I wanted for dinner. I told her surprise me. She followed my orders, she asked me to pick one of the three recipes she suggested. One of them was a Thai pulled pork…I knew just what to serve with it! This Anthony Road Wine Company 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling ($15).
On the nose I could smell the gold right away, as in golden sunshine. That was the first thought that popped into my head. There was elements of honeydew melon, pineapple and tropical coconut juice; not the milky kind, the cloudy juicy kind you find in Mexico.
When I tasted this, I was picking up the semi-dry aspect of this Riesling. Meaning there was some sugar on the palate. Just a small amount. But along with the honey like sweetness, there was the zinging acidity you should find in a fine, well made Riesling, like this one. There was some lime zest that was very prominent and recognizable.
The mouth feel was what was really enjoyable. It has a silky viscosity that was asking me to swirl this in my mouth a little longer than usual.
This went perfectly with the dinner that my wife made for me. I was glad that she was able to take sip or two with dinner. Assuring that our child will be far advanced in the world or Riesling than I was before.
Unfortunately, this wine is sold out, you may however find this in a wine shop online or near the finger lakes. If you find it, grab it.
This wine was deserving of the Governor’s Cup title as Best Wine in the State of NY. This wine was also deserving of the meal we had on Valentines day. And this wine was deserving of the wait in my cellar.