You Are Like A Hurricane
We packed all the essentials for our trip: my guitar, our dog, some whiskey and two bottles of great German Riesling. Then we hit the road.
Grilled Shrimp And Trocken Riesling
Light gold in the glass, it has an expansive minerality. Flavors of apricots and peach rush forward and are balanced with a nice acidity that keeps everything nice and “trocken” (dry). There is a slight nutty flavor, which adds to the complexity.
This is one of the nicer Rieslings we’ve tried this year. It’s from the Rheinhessen region located on the south and west banks of the Rhine. The average price for this bottle is $24.
Stepping Into The Sweet Side
To accompany this meal, we opened the 2016 Mönchhof Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese from Mosel. The Würzgarten vineyard translated is “spice garden” and is so named because centuries ago monks noticed that its grapes had a spiciness distinct from its neighbors.
This was an enjoyable wine that would have fared better with a sweet dessert, like an apple pie. We sampled it again the next night and found it even more tasty. The average price for this wine is $29.
We made it through the storm with no problems at home. The storm had rolled south through South Carolina and then curled up to nip at us in Asheville as we prepared to leave. Come sunshine or storm, there is a German Riesling for all occasions.
(Publisher’s Note: Although we were fortunate, thousands in North Carolina and South Carolina were not. Soon after we returned, my wife was deployed with Red Cross disaster services to help feed some of the flooded out residents in North Carolina.)
Full disclosure: We received this wine as marketing samples.