Washington riesling

Riesling, as you may know, elicits all kinds of reactions, from worship to disgust and everything in between. I'd have to say that I'm firmly in the middle. Riesling comes in all manner of styles, from dry to sweet, and is made in many countries, from Germany, which produces the world's most famous rieslings, to France's th_cv-drlsAlsace, to Australia, California and Washington state.

A good example at the bargain price of $12 is Chateau Ste. Michelle's just-released 2008 Dry Riesling from Washington's Columbia Valley. I tasted this wine over several nights, and it got better over time. It shows notes of pear, pear skin, a bit of lime and orange and is nice and chewy in the mouth. Roast pork, grilled salmon, sushi and roasted turkey come to mind. In a word, versatile.

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