Riesling Review

Generally I prefer my Rieslings to be slightly sweet with peach/apricot flavors but rieslings can vary broadly. Last week the Husband and I were priviledged to have a date night (unlike some couples, we do NOT do this on a weekly basis and some years we’ve struggled to have one annually!) and after dinner I convinced him to wander the World Market with me. Sometimes I find interesting wines in there that I’m not likely to find in the grocery (my usual up-scale source of wines! 😛 ). This week I picked up a Bridgeview Blue Moon Oregon Riesling 2005, from the Bridgeview Vineyards of Cave Junction, Oregon (www.bridgeviewwine.com — call me old-fashioned, but I wish wineries did not put a URL on the label). Why did I pick it up? Well, it’s in a blue bottle which is attractive (a cut out moon in the label gives it the ‘blue moon’ — I just think blue bottles are pretty) and it’s from Oregon and I don’t think I’ve had a wine from Oregon yet and on the label it says, “This elegant riesling, from selected grapes grown in the cool Oregon climate, presents an intense aroma of ripe apples and a fresh honey-spice bouquet. Drink by the light of the silvery moon.” I don’t know that I’ve had a riesling that tasted of apple, so why not?

It does have an apple aroma and a taste of spice — like ginger or cloves, with that ‘bite’ to it. It isn’t particularly sweet, but it was a perfect pairing with a garlic/herb goat cheese and crackers. I’d certainly buy it again for that purpose but not as an after-dinner drink. It would probably also be a good accompaniment for salmon or crab.

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8 Responses

  1. Have you ever tried any of the apple or pumpkin wines? They’re super-sweet, but I think they’re amazing. Maybe I can bring one to the next “Upper Room” meeting? 🙂

  2. That would be fun. I was thinking of planning another ‘Upper Room’ session this month but the calendar is full . . . and the in-laws arrive on Friday and stay until Labor Day Wknd so . . . sometime in Sept we’ll have to try again. If I would just block out time in the calendar — like the second Tues of the month is ‘Bloggers in the Upper Room Night’, then maybe we could do it regularly . . . it seems that unless I schedule something in advance, it just doesn’t happen.

  3. unless I schedule something in advance, it just doesn’t happen.

    Me too… *sigh*

  4. i’m not much of a wine drinker, but i had this lovely argentina white wine with my dinner on saturday. it was sweet, but not too sweet, and you can taste the peach in the wine. unfortunately, neither my husband or i can remember what it is. 😦

  5. Possibly Torrontes or Semillion? Argentina is the new ‘hottie’ of wines. It used to be that France was *the* thing and then there was the cheap California ‘knock-off version’ and then Washington and Australia . . . people are finally learning, perhaps, that grapes can actually grow in many regions, and certainly in places other than France! Maybe.

    I haven’t tried any Argentinian wines yet, but I saw they carry some at World Market so maybe in a month or so I’ll pick one up.

  6. i’d like to say those sound familiar, but alas, i can’t. i tried finding it off the restaurant’s website, but alas, it failed me. 😦

  7. Where do you find the cheeses to pair with the wines? What is a good place to shop cheeses??

  8. Being lactose intolerant, I’m actually not a big cheese fan. But I do like goat cheese with wine once in a great while. Both Meijer and Schnucks have a good selection, however.

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