Full Review

Calamity Sue

Calamity Sue
2018 Riesling, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$17.99

Calamity Sue
2018 Riesling, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Riesling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe melon, banana, ripe pineapple, saffron, and spring blossoms with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length finish revealing nuances of ripe apples and lanolin with no oak flavor. A creamy, plush Riesling packed with soft fruits and gentle acidity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Non-Oaky & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: ripe melon, banana, ripe pineapple, saffron, and spring blossoms
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of ripe apples and lanolin
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A creamy, plush Riesling packed with soft fruits and gentle acidity.

The Producer

Traveling Vineyard

The Producer
127 High Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
USA
1 707-234-4747

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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.