Thursday, July 19, 2012

Galen Glen 2008 Stone Cellar Riesling, Pennsylvania


July 18 Wine 001
Photo by Toledo Wines and Vines
My brother Tom and his wife Helen stopped by our house during a recent cross-country road trip. They were on their way back from Red Rocks in Colorado where they saw the String Cheese Incident in concert. It was obvious they were parched and tired after hours on the road.

Ever the congenial host, I asked if he would like a glass of water or lemonade, to which he responded, “What’s the matter – don’t you have wine?” Well of course I did.

The day was blisteringly hot and one of the few whites I had chilled down was this bottle of 2008 Galen Glen Stone Cellar Riesling. Since this is the Summer of Riesling, I gladly uncorked it and poured a couple of nicely chilled glasses.

Having tried very few Pennsylvania wines, I was befuddled in a pleasant way. This was very tasty Riesling! The wine has a mouthwatering acidity (and that’s very good). On the palate there is pronounced minerality and orange peel and citrus flavor notes. I would term this as off dry and a good partner for seafood and chicken.

Galen Glen is located in the Eastern Pennsylvania about 20 minutes from Jim Thorpe (the town, not the person) in Andreas. They are part of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail and have won a number of awards for their wines.

The wine retails for $14 and is a sound choice for a refreshing regional Riesling.

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