Full Review

Crystal Creek

Crystal Creek
2015 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.4%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$7.99
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Crystal Creek
2015 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.4%
Pale straw color. Floral, citrusy aromas and flavors of orange cream, peach, melon, and honeysuckle with a silky, lively, off-dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long honeyed apricot and green apple finish with fine tannins and no oak. A delicious, very fruity, off-dry Riesling with wide appeal and versatility.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Quaffable & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: orange cream, peach, melon, and honeysuckle
Taste Flavor: honeyed apricot and green apple
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Panang Curry, Fish Tacos, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious, very fruity, off-dry Riesling with wide appeal and versatility.

The Producer

Precept Wine

The Producer
1910 Fairview Ave East, Ste 400
Seattle, WA 98102
USA
1 206-267-5252

Their Portfolio

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84 Bloom 2014 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie 12.5% (Italy) $13.00.
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Riesling

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Although many consumers believe Riesling is a sweet wine, there are all types, ranging from bone dry to ultra-sweet. Offering a remarkable array of perfumes ranging from apricot and peach to peony and petrol, and having excellent natural acidity, Riesling is one of the world’s greatest wines.

Germany is home to the most famous examples of Riesling; produced from vineyards along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, these wines have tremendous character and minerality, owing to the slate soils these vines are planted on. Alsace, in northeastern France is another region that excels with Riesling (especially dry versions); the same is true for the Clare Valley in Australia, where Rieslings are often characterized by a petrol aroma.

Dry versions work with many different types of foods, from seafood with cream sauces to pork, veal and duck. Sweeter version should either be served on their own or with blue cheeses such as stilton or gorgonzola.

While it is safe to say that Riesling is an under appreciated wine for the typical American consumer, there has been greater popularity over the past few decades, as dry and off-dry Rieslings pair beautifully with Thai, Asian and fusion cuisine; thus Riesling is a wine directly linked to a healthy lifestyle.