Riesling Rules: Three Bottles, Three Countries

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by


Can we send you three bottles of Riesling? Uh, YOU BET! Three samples of the Best White Wine on Earth arrived for my consideration and, specifically, for a twitter tasting known as #winechat that takes place every Thursday from 6-7pm PST.

The three contenders?

  • Kamptal, Austria: Brandl Riesling 2011
  • Alsace, France: Paul Blanck & Fils Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg 2010
  • Rheingau, Germany: Schloss Schönborn Riesling Kabinett Erbacher Macrobrunn 2011

What did I have to say about the three of them? To the Twitters!

My favorite of the night was the Brandl:

Tasting note? OK:

The German Riesling?

Note that the Schloss Schönborn is low in alcohol and has some zip to it. Perfect brunch/late morning wine. Or after mowing the lawn on a hot day. Or in lieu of lawn-mowing.

What about the entry from Alsace?

I continue to be stymied by Alsatian Rieslings (and the region’s whites in general) for this reason. This is a much richer version of Riesling; serious stuff you could put in the cellar.

Want more of The Riesling Story? Check out my interview with author Stuart Pigott on Grape Collective.

A note on glassware: I was sent two wine glasses (the “StandArt” and “Gold Edition”) by Gabriel-Glas, which I first took for a spin during this tasting. Usually I’m a jelly-jar type of wine drinkin’ guy, but was impressed with the modern shape of Gabriel-Glas’ well-designed bowl. The mouth-blown Gold Edition is astonishingly light. Like featherweight; I couldn’t stop holding it and waving it about. (Sans wine for safety, naturally.) The StandArt is machine-molded and heavier, but no heavyweight. Both are intended to be a universal glass (as in, you don’t need another); the StandArt goes for $29, the Gold Edition for $55. I’m really enjoying drinking out of both of them on a regular basis. Have a look:

gabriel glas

Find out what Ben Carter thought about these Rieslings (and the Thirty Years’ War) on Benito’s Wine Reviews.

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One Response

  1. Sophia Katt says:

    Jelly jar–not the greatest idea for catching good wine nose.

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