A Riesling from Washington.
I am a Riesling man through and through. I love the grape, the minerality, the complexity, the balance. I love sweet Rieslings when they are good, and I love dry Rieslings even more. I have spent hours driving up and down roads in Germany going from winery to winery tasting and buying. (I attended high school in the Rheinland Pfalz region of Germany, which is where my romance with Riesling began, and she and I will never part ways). I prefer German Rieslings, but I am always willing to try offerings from other locales. A few days ago a friend brought a bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle‘s 2013 “dry Riesling Columbia Valley” for dinner and we chilled it and poured it and talked about winemaking and Washington State and Terry Theise. We were snacking on crab cakes, and this wine paired perfectly with them. It is not as dry as I would have liked, and its balance could be improved, but for $10 a bottle it is a worthwhile purchase. I liked its acidity, and I know that, come the cool season, I’ll not mind pairing this with oysters. Cool fermentation in stainless steel produces this wine (12.5 percent alcohol). It’s available at many merchants throughout Texas, as well. Would I include on my “favorite” list? No. But neither would I dissuade anyone from drinking it. (By the way, the winery, based in Woodinville, Washington, is a beautiful estate, and well worth a visit. It hosts an ongoing series of events, musical and otherwise, so put it on your agenda.)