As I’ve noted here recently, there’s still a good deal of confusion among wine drinkers about riesling; many still don’t realize that riesling is not just a “sweet” wine, but is made in a full range of styles, depending on the region and the winemaker. For crisp, dry rieslings, France’s Alsace stands out, and Helfrich’s 2009 Riesling shows just why. This superb wine has beautiful fruit, including notes of mandarin, lime and green apple skin punctuated by a burst of mouth-tingling minerality. It’s Helfrich’s basic riesling and sells for about $12-$15, a real value and an excellent introduction to what dry riesling is all about. Serve with seafood, Asian dishes or as an aperitif. Imported by Underdog Wine Merchants, Livermore, California. Received as a press sample.