Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Swedish Hill 2012 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes

Swedish Hill Dry Riesling

September is the month to celebrate Finger Lakes Riesling. the region boasts 250 acres of Riesling vines and more than 220,000 cases are produced annually.

This is also the time when Finger Lakes wine producers will debut their 2013 vintage. On September 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM EDT, you can be part of the Riesling celebration by opening up a bottle (or two or three) of your favorite Finger Lakes Rieslings and posting pictures on Facebook (tag @Finger Lakes Wine in your posts), or using Twitter (use #flxwine), and Instagram (use #flxwine).

Later this month we’ll have a report on the 2013 Finger Lakes Riesling vintage. In order to tune up our Riesling palate, we popped open a bottle of Swedish Hill 2012 Dry Riesling.

We brought this with us on our trip to a cabin in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. We paired it with a salmon dinner and the company of eight of our good friends.

The wine has a classic Finger Lakes Riesling flavor profile. A combination of bracing crispness with slate-like minerality rolls pleasantly with flavors of green apple and citrus. This wine has elegance that has earned it 11 gold medals.

Swedish Hill has been recognized as one of the top Finger Lakes wineries, copping the Governor’s Cup three times. The Peterson family owns not only Swedish Hill, but two other standout Finger Lakes wineries, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay.

There’s a style of Riesling for everyone, whether you prefer a precise dry wine or one that is delightfully sweet. September is a great time to try the king of white grapes, especially from America’s top Riesling region, New York’s Finger Lakes.

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