Here are some rieslings, representing a range of styles, that we recommend:
Peter Lauer Barrel X riesling feinherb. From the Saar region of Mosel, Germany, this is a great introduction to the classic German style. It has just the right touch of sweetness, with intense acidity and freshness, like lemonade that has run over river stones. At only 10.5% alcohol, this is one to enjoy all summer long.
GD Vajra Langhe riesling. Dry, but delightfully floral — with notes of white peach — this riesling comes from a company more widely known as a producer of classic Barolo. This estate was integral in the cultivation of riesling in Italy’s Piedmont region.
Hager Matthias riesling terrassen. From the Kamptal region of Austria, this wine is bone-dry and mineral-driven, with pleasant notes of citrus zest and green apple. It’s a great example of the classic style of Austrian riesling.
J. Brix Sunrise Over Skin skin-contact riesling. A fun curveball from Santa Barbara, California, this riesling is fermented for seven days in contact with the grape skins, and then spends six months in French oak barrels. It is dry, but heady, with tropical fruit aromatics, a salty finish and a full texture.
The Slaters are beverage industry veterans and the proprietors of the Expat and the Lark Winespace in Athens.
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