The Simple Way To Pick A Dry Riesling Wine Out Of The Crowd

Choosing a dry Riesling from many options at the wine aisle may seem daunting, but there's a simple trick to it. Suppose you're a fan of the subtle sweetness characteristic of Rieslings but are looking to try a drier variant. In that case, the key lies in examining the alcohol content or level indicated on the bottle's label. The higher the alcohol percentage, the drier or less sweet the wine. This is because, during fermentation, yeast converts the sugar in the grapes into alcohol; thus, wines with higher alcohol content generally have less residual sugar, resulting in a drier taste profile.

Not all Rieslings are inherently sweet; their flavor spectrum ranges from very sweet to very dry. The climate and region where the grapes are grown and the winemaking techniques significantly influence the sweetness level. For instance, Rieslings from cooler areas like Germany's Mosel Valley tend to be sweeter and fruitier due to lower alcohol content, while those from warmer areas like Australia's Clare Valley are drier due to higher alcohol levels. 

Now that you understand how the alcohol level in a Riesling inversely affects its sweetness, this knowledge can guide you in selecting a Riesling that aligns with your taste preferences.

Dry Rieslings are perfect to drink, pair with food, and versatile as a cooking ingredient

Why opt for a drier Riesling when Rieslings are known for their sweetness? Well, each sip of dry Riesling is a delightful balance of acidity and minerality. This makes dry Rieslings exceptionally easy to pair with food, from spicy Thai curries to the creamy and rich sauces of Italian or French cuisines. Refreshing and crisp, a glass of dry Riesling makes it a perfect aperitif, stimulating the appetite before a meal. On the other hand, while equally delicious, a sweeter Riesling usually has its place after the meal as a boozy dessert drink. Additionally, dry Rieslings are fantastic as a cooking ingredient; they can enhance your sauces, marinades, and even desserts. 

When purely enjoying as a drink, serve dry Riesling chilled to bring out its crisp and complex flavors. We also recommend you try an aged and high-quality dry Riesling, as it can develop more nuanced flavors over time. After all, wines just get finer with age.

So, whether pairing it with a meal or savoring it alone, a dry Riesling is a delightful and sophisticated choice. Just remember, the next time you're searching for a drier Riesling, glance at the alcohol content level on the back label first, and enjoy your drinks responsibly as always.