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Northwest Wine: Riesling is the perfect Pacific Northwest wine

Riesling, the noble grape of Germany, might be the quintessential Pacific Northwest wine. It is crafted in a broad range of styles, from bone dry to sweet nectar, and the resulting wines pair deliciously well with Northwest cuisine, particularly seafood and Asian-influenced dishes.

Northwest Wine: Riesling perfectly versatile for your holiday table

As we march toward Thanksgiving, it’s time to start gathering wines for the big feast. One bottle you should consider making room for is riesling. The reasons are many. Germany’s noble white grape is versatile and offers crowd-pleasing flavors. Many of examples come loaded with the acidity that will help it pair well with everything on your table. Washington and Oregon both do riesling particularly well, so it’s a good hometown choice.

Great Northwest Wine: Riesling still a force in Washington wines

Washington has long had a reputation for crafting world-class riesling, with the first plantings as early as 1880, pre-dating statehood. Today, riesling remains a force in Washington, being the No. 4 grape, trailing cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay in total tonnage harvested.

Riesling Gives Great Flavor At The Right Price

Let me state my case for making Washington riesling your summer sipping wine: It's painfully cheap. It's bursting with a fruit salad of flavor. It's a great companion for the grilled chicken and salmon of summer barbecues. And - did I mention? - it's dirt cheap. I recently picked up a bottle of Paul Thomas riesling for $3.39. Most releases ring in at about $4. You can buy some of the best riesling in the state for under $6.