Featured Wine: 2011 Kuhling-Gillot "Quinterra" Riesling QbA, Rheinhessen
Last night I caught up with the Riesling Mobile Wine Trip on its stop in Washington, D.C. outside Oyamel. The eight-day journey, organizing by Wines of Germany, hit up a bunch of U.S. markets, and it was designed to promote the Summer of Riesling (now in its 6th year) with members of the trade. We had the opportunity to taste five German Rieslings, in styles ranging from bone dry and mineral-driven, to aged bottles dripping with honey and petrol.
The 2011 Kuhling-Gillot "Quinterra" Riesling from the Rheinhessen is a perfect example of a bottle that's just dying to be chilled and enjoyed patioside this summer. It's vinified in a dry style, with mouthwatering acidity, appealing minerality and a hint of peach and peach blossom. While it may not have been the most complex example that we tried, I would deem it a great introduction to anyone who wrongly assumes all Riesling is sweet and/or a "dessert wine". It would be a fab food partner with raw or grilled oysters, or salad topped with goat cheese and grilled peaches.