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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Riesling

On the Hospitality Industry News Network next Monday I interview Raimund Pruem who happens to own a vineyard right on the Mosel River in Germany.

We are going to talk all about the Riesling grape varietal which this part of the world is most famous for making some delicious wines.

Riesling is one of the grapes that is very food friendly and the more sweeter ones can age for a long time making it unique among other white grape varietals.

In Germany there are different classification of Riesling. Starting out with the medium-dry to sweet styles you have the Kabinett, Spatlese, and Auslese which have a beautiful balance of acidity and sweetness.

Then you have the more sweeter classifications of Beerenauslesen, Trockenbeerenauslesen, and your Eiswein. With these wines you have the noble rot that gives these wines an extra sweetness, depth and complexity that helps it age quite well for a very long time.

Noble rot occurs when this fungus feeds off the juice of the grape turning it brown leaving it with a high concentration of sweetness and acidity. The grape is not nice to look at as it becomes very mouldy but the wine it produces is delicious to taste.

All these make for a versatile grape with food as well. From Chinese food to foie gras it can match almost any food on a plate.

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