Tong No. 9: German Riesling
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It's not easy to define Riesling. The problem isn't the variety itself, but the many styles it produces. Riesling is synonymous with complexity, and in Europe in particular it involves intricate labelling and legislation. Must things really be so difficult? Riesling, with its natural acidity and its linear character, is very much in synch with our modern taste for clarity, authenticity and instant recognisability, but can it compete with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc for world domination? Both these varieties result in recognisable wines, which is key to their success. And, most importantly, they only produce dry wines. There are efforts to classify Riesling into categories of sweetness. It might make more sense to characterise its many styles according to balance rather than sweetness. In order to understand Riesling, the only option is to become familiar with them. Laziness with regard to Riesling doesn't pay. $40.
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