producer: Chateau Montelena. I didn’t even know they made a Riesling, because they’re incredibly famous for their Chardonnay that beat the French in the Judgment of Paris in 1976. But I loved this Riesling!
region: Potter Valley, CA
yum factors: Very light and the perfect amount of sweetness – not overpowering, just there for balance. It’s not as searingly acidic as German, or Alsatian Rieslings which I love, but this is like a more gentle, more floral version of it and still really, really delicious.
food pairing: Kung Pao chicken wings at The Monarch in Chicago. You’re all into the wings’ spicy, crunchy deliciousness and then kung POW! Like an explosion you get the Riesling’s slight sweetness, acid and the wing spice all being amazing together.
buy it: here