There’s a common perception that Rieslings are sweet wines and indeed, some are. But they don’t have to be — Rieslings can be made anywhere from very sweet to bone dry.
There’s also a common perception that good Rieslings are expensive and here again, when looking at the prices of many high-quality German Rieslings, the perception can be accurate.
However, good Rieslings don’t have to be expensive and a great example of this is Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith Wines in Washington State. This wine is off-dry, which means it has some sweetness, but it’s not a cloying sweetness. Kung Fu Girl also has good acidity, leading to a fresh, balanced wine with aromas and flavours of peaches, nectarines and apricots.
The little bit of sweetness makes this a great wine to pair with Asian foods — especially those with spicy heat — sushi, shrimp dishes, fried fish escovitch and even jerk chicken.
Perhaps the most surprising — and welcome — aspect of Kung Fu Girl Riesling is its under-$20 price point for a wine that consistently scores at least 90 points and landed at #45 in the “Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016.”
This month, the value is even better at West Indies Wine Company where it can be purchased at the sale price of $13.99. If you’ve never tried this wine, this is the month to do it. If you have tried it and liked it, then stock up while supplies last!