VineCo Estate Series™ Wine Making Kit - California Riesling
Of the six noble grapes, Riesling is the lone variety to be of German origin rather than French. Originally from the Rheingau region of Germany, where it is still the most widely cultivated grape today, Riesling is known for its outstanding aromatics and is commonly regarded by wine experts as the finest white grape variety in the world. Mercurial in nature, Riesling is highly “terroir-expressive” and begs to be planted in cooler climates; but even small climatic variances in a characteristically cool growing region can lead to markedly different results in the finished wine. Often noted for having a high acidity and palpable mineral character, Riesling is adored for its floral aroma and mouthwatering orchard flavors of apricot and peach, as well as many other ripe fruit notes that vary depending on the region.
To this day, Germany continues to boast the highest production of Riesling in the world, despite the fact that the vines have made their way to countries with far more tremendous growing capacity in terms of sheer acreage. By example, California’s vast collection of vineyards dedicate less than 4,000 acres to Riesling, with nearly half of the total being grown in Monterey. Californian Riesling tends to be softer, with less mineral quality and somewhat more subdued fruit flavors.
Our California Riesling sports a light-medium body and leaps out of the glass with notes of apricot and mango, followed by a delightful acidity. This dry white wine has no oak character and an easy-drinking alcohol level of 12.5%.
The VineCo Estate Riesling is one of those wines that seems to effortlessly improve the vibe wherever and whenever it is enjoyed. A bright and cheerful wine that is outgoing to a fault. Regardless of your current mood, once the aromas start popping out of the glass and the acidity starts tickling your tongue, it’ll be hard to hold back a smile. Try it alongside prawns and fresh crab or cuts of pork belly with choucroute.