I am a 43 yo wife of an Army pilot and mother of 3 great kids. I learned to enjoy wine while living in Germany. I would like to try new wines, but I'm never sure where to start. I live in NY state and love wine from the Finger Lakes region, but want to branch out a little. I prefer white wines, mostly because I am not familiar with reds-but want to learn more about them.
Bully Hill Reisling, Ecco Domani, German reislings
Been a while since I have been on here, I have been building my business booking lots of Passion Parties (would love help also in this area so pass me along), and going on Niagara Wine Trail wine tastings (great wines btw).
This is our very first Holiday party and we feel like celebrating. The new tasting room is shaping up, the patio is nearly complete, the salmon are running down at the creek, and our award winning wines are flat out gorgeous.
Chardonnay is a grape that most everyone is familiar with and most wine drinkers love it. Originally from the Burgundy Region of France, chardonnay is now planted all across the World with great success.
Chardonnay wines are often inarticulate in youth but will blossom with time producing complex aromas of nuts and butter, toast and cream, wild mushrooms and meadow flowers. Their structure while dry can offer great richness with a wide variety of tastes including; lemon, melon peach and apple while still imparting the same creamy, nutty, buttery notes in the wines aroma.
Chardonnays from California often have a silkiness to them with great substance of flavor combined with high alcohol levels and a ripe, fruity character.
Australian chardonnays tend to range from the rich, pollen scented, fiery Hunter Valley chardonnays to the tapered elegance of the chardonnays from Mornington Peninsula and Adelaide Hills.
The Pinot gris is a white wine that has been popular since medieval times and originated in the Burgundy region of France. Pinot gris was said to be a favorite of Emperor Charles IV. In 1711, a German merchant named Johann Ruland discovered a wild grape growing in the fields of the Palatinate. He produced a wine from these grapes that became known as the Rulander. Later on, the vine was discovered to be Pinot gris.
The characteristics and taste of Pinot gris vary greatly and are based on the region and wine production style. Some of the popular types of Pinot gris include the Alsatian, German, Oregon, and the Italian Pinot Grigio. Alsatian Pinot gris are medium to full-bodied with a rich and somewhat flowery taste. German Pinot gris are more full-bodied and has a sour and slightly sweet taste. Oregon wines are medium bodied with a fruity aroma.
Riesling is a white wine variety with its origins coming from Germany. This variety is quite ancient and may be considered as a result of Gouais Blanc and another type of vine. Today, many Germans and wine lovers from around the world continue to visit various locations and appellations that specialize in Riesling wines. This type of white wine is known for its high acidic element, resulting into a crisp flavor. A glass of Riesling may invoke fruity flavors that resemble apple, peach, grapefruit, and honey.
As Riesling wines age over the years, it is possible for the wines to develop an aroma that closely resembles the smell and taste of petroleum. However, this may be just a matter of preferences since you have to get accustomed to the taste first before truly becoming a Riesling wine lover.
If you love to know stuff about the history of this ancient grape, you can visit Bremen, Germany since its townhall has a good collection of vintage Riesling wines.