Wine of the week
This week's wine is Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions 2011 Riesling from Washington State ($14.99).
The 80s didn't just do a number on our collective hairdos. The decade also dragged Riesling's reputation through the mud.
A lingering infamy for being too sweet still resides in the minds of many wine drinkers. But Riesling deserves your affection.
The white grape varietal, originally from the Rhine region of Germany, is ultra food friendly and refreshing. Its perfect balance of acidity and sweetness means you can pair it with all varieties of foods -- everything from spicy, spicy Thai to soft cow's milk cheeses.
Riesling is heavily grown in Washington State, where vintners are doing wonderful things. Milbrandt's Traditions Riesling, from the Columbia Valley Appellation, is a prime example of how passionate wine makers are getting it right.
The wine will knock your proverbial socks off -- no joke! I served it with chorizo and grilled spring vegetables. It was a joyful pairing.
Visit Ava's Downtown Market & Deli to grab a bottle or two. And while you're there, look for other Sheepish Sommelier recommended wines!
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