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Not the Chardonnay, not even the Sauvignon Blanc have that same kind of a rich flavor, which the Riesling varietal has. That is why we’ve chosen this wine for our Ultimate list this week…In the wine-loving community it is a well-known fact, that out of all white wines Riesling is probably the best one!

Riesling is the most terroir-specific of varietals—that is, it’s a mirror of the place in which it is grown. Having tasted more than 200 Rieslings from six different countries and four different American regions, ranging in price from less than US$10 to more than $100, writer Dan Beweildered penned this list of his 24 personal favourites.Move up the quality scale and things get interesting.

Nota bene: all wines on this list are located right in the middle of the price range = $40.

Bollig-Lehnert Trittenheimer Apotheke, R Kabinett 2007, Mosel, Germany

Astounding for the price, hits all the marks you expect in a Riesling—lush fruit, hints of petrol, and a crisp mineral-laden finish.

Clean Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany

Powerful, focused, sings to the heavens, glorious harmony of sweet and crisp fruit flavours.

Note: this is a non-vintage wine.

Domaines Schlumberger Riesling, Les Princes Abbes 2007, Alsace

Soft minerality and a tad off-dry.

Graf Hardegg R, Von Schloss 2008, Austria

A surprisingly delicate and gentle Austrian Riesling, hints of real minerality.

Grove Mill Riesling 2008 New Zealand

Unusually layered and nuanced for the modest price.


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