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Riesling To Pour On Halloween

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Halloween is almost here. If you are going to plan a spooky décor, haunting music, and plenty of ghoulish food, another part of the Halloween party planner process is choosing the right wines. If you are hosting a party for your friends or your customers, here are some delicious Riesling wines to pour at your Halloween themed party.

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Long Shadows Vintners - Poet's Leap Riesling

Long Shadows Vintners - Poet's Leap Riesling by Long Shadows Vintners (United States) is inspired by the great wines of Germany. Gilles Nicault crafts Poet's Leap in the style of its original winemaker - Armin Diel. This wine has expressive aromatics of white flowers, ripe pear, and peach that are laced with a delightful hint of wet stone minerality. It is lively and pure on the palate, with fresh citrus, honey, and mouthwatering apricot flavors. Long Shadows Vintners - Poet's Leap Riesling has a delicious natural acidity and traces of residual sugar provide a balanced, vibrant mouthfeel and long, satisfying finish.

The 2018 Poet’s Leap Riesling is an equal blend of three distinct vineyards. German clones from The Benches in the Horse Heaven Hills provide appealing minerality. Yakima Valley’s Phil Church Vineyard contributes citrus aromas and flavors. Dionysus Riesling, from vines planted in 1972, adds vibrant acidity and stone fruit characteristics.

Long Shadows Vintners - Poet's Leap Riesling: Double Gold Medal, ‘Wine Of The Year Vy Varietal’ Winner

Montinore Estate Almost Dry Riesling

Montinore Estate Almost Dry Riesling by Montinore Estate has aromas of poached pears, melon, citrus, and Golden Delicious apple that are accented with nutmeg and a hint of white flowers. The vibrancy of the palate would light up even the grayest day - grapefruit, kiwi, starfruit, and candied citrus rind mix and mingle in a harmonious marriage of slight sweetness and a kiss of acidity. With 13% ABV, this Almost Dry Riesling leans more toward dry than sweet, but the balance makes it an easygoing sipper that both sweet and dry wine lovers can agree on.

Montinore Estate Almost Dry Riesling: Gold Medal Winner

Dry Riesling

Dry Riesling by Trefethen Family Vineyards is vibrant and refreshing. This is the most transparent wine that the winery makes, a pure expression of their estate vineyards. Trefethen Family Vineyards produced their first Riesling in 1974, made in a distinctively dry and crisp style. Dry Riesling is dright and aromatic, it is marvelously food-friendly and cellar-worthy.

Dry Riesling has floral aromas of orange blossom and jasmine that are complemented by fresh notes of green apple and grapefruit. On the palate, this bright, yet luscious wine evolves with flavors of nectarine, white peach, and Honeycrisp apple. The minerality and beautiful acidity provide an invigorating finish.

Dry Riesling pairs best with bright, fresh flavors. Fresh cilantro, lime juice and zest, raw fish, and jasmine rice play well with the floral notes of this wine. Winery Chef Chris Kennedy suggests pairing with butter-poached lobster, halibut Crudo, or burrata crostini with avocado, cilantro, and lime.

Dry Riesling: Gold Medal Winner

Riesling Caywood East

Riesling Caywood East by Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery is a single vineyard release of the winery’s Dry Riesling - an elegant, versatile food wine. This wine is not to be missed! A bigger and riper Riesling than the winery’s Dry Riesling. With 11.7% ABV, this wine is beautiful with food or to enjoy with friends.

FOOD PAIRING: Riesling Caywood East is a superb and versatile food wine. It's slightly round mouthfeel makes it a perfect match for seafood, chicken, pork, and mild cheeses. For something different try this with your next barbeque featuring Italian sausage. T

 Riesling Caywood East: Gold Medal Winner

Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium Fritz Willi Feinherb

Since 1561, viticulture has been practiced with the highest quality standards at Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Trier.

Along 25 hectares of impressive steep slope sites in the Mosel and Saar valleys, Riesling grapes ripen to internationally recognized top quality. 

August Kesseler Riesling R Kabinett

August Kesseler Riesling R Kabinett by Vineyard Brands is a delicious sipping wine - fruity, mineral, and well-balanced. It has typical flavors of ripe fruits, aromatic apples, and peaches. August Kesseler Riesling R Kabinett is well-structured and delightful as well. In the mouth, the interaction of mouth-watering fruits and minerals are positively shimmering - very delicate and refreshing on the palate.

 August Kesseler Riesling R Kabinett: Gold Medal Winner
Riesling Semi-Dry

Riesling Semi-Dry by Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery has a beautiful balance between the fruit intensities - just enough sweetness, and a bit of acidity to round out this versatile wine. With 11.6% ABV, the balance of this Riesling is impeccable - it's easy to see how this is our most popular wine.

FOOD PAIRING: ARiesling Semi-Dry is a natural accompaniment for sharp cheese, pork or poultry dishes, or any foods that you’d squeeze a lemon on.

Riesling Semi-Dry: Gold Medal Winner

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