In its quiet elegant way, Riesling is becoming the new Chardonnay, the white wine of popular favor. And for those who have always touted its racy acidity, floral aroma, delicious taste and absence of the oakiness that wood aging often gives to Chardonnay, it’s about time.
But while Chardonnay is ubiquitous, seeming to grow anywhere, fine Riesling shows its best only when planted in cool climates. Germany has long been the benchmark for Riesling. Austria and Alsace do wonders with it, too. In the United States, while Oregon and, to some degree, Washington State make very good Riesling, no American vineyards have equaled the Riesling produced in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
The man who first proved that this cold northern region could grow fine, cool climate grapes was Dr. Konstantin Frank. Two generations later, his grandson, Fred Frank, is carrying on that legacy, producing such gems as Dr. Frank Dry Riesling 2006. It is a steely, well-balanced wine of lovely Granny Smith apple and grapefruit flavors with a long, delicious finish.
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars’ offers its 2006 Dry Riesling, clean, fresh and fruity; and its terrific 2006 Semi-Dry Riesling that is all fruits and flowers in the aroma, rich and round in the body with a citrus-like acidity that keeps the flavors in balance.
Located in New York’s Hudson Valley region, Rivendell specializes in Rieslings made from grapes grown in the Finger Lakes region. It produces a clean, pure, near-perfect Dry Riesling in its Rivendell 2006 version; and in its semidry SoHo Cellars Johannisberg Riesling 2006, an exquisite, elegant wine.
Hermann Wiemer comes from the Mosel Valley of Germany where his family has been involved in winemaking for 300 years. So it is not surprising that at the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, he produces Mosel-like Rieslings — a crisp dry; a harmonious semi-dry; and a rich late harvest.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards’ 2006 Homestead Reserve Riesling is tasty, semi-dry and has a round, silky body. Lakewood Vineyards too has a delightful semi-dry Riesling 2006 with a nose of delicate flowers.
These wines are not made in enormous quantities nor widely distributed, but they are well worth seeking out.
A handful of historic towns in Texas Hill Country reinvented themselves as upscale food, wine and culture destinations. Fredericksburg is the shining star among them, transcending its historic German underpinnings to the point where it’s drawing a more cosmopolitan group of visitors, including many from outside Texas.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
In an exclusive partnership, Lufthansa Group teams with Viking Cruises to offer the cruise line’s travelers direct, non-stop flights from the New York City area to Malta (MLA), beginning June 30. Flights will operate three times weekly on Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900, departing from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Indianapolis International Airport officially opened its first-ever art gallery, The KIND Gallery, named after the airport’s international airport code. It is initially featuring artists from Harrison Center for the Arts.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Allianz Partners USA’s 13th annual Vacation Confidence Index estimates Americans’ total spend for summer vacation travel will cross the $150 billion mark for the first time in the Index’s 10-year history, a 160 percent increase over spend in summer 2020 and 50 percent over spend in a robust 2019.
Boca Raton Resort & Club recently announced a new partnership with Major Food Groups, creating one of the best culinary destinations in the United States. Major Food Groups is the company behind some of the hottest restaurants, including Carbone, The Grill and Parm. This partnership will launch multiple dining concepts as part of the resort's $150 million transformation.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.