Plus I've got plenty of riesling in the house, and it's not something that California is known for
Lighter wrote:Kinda where I am on this. Working in favor is Scott and his Riesling experience. Against are those cali grapes. A $17 Riesling from Cali against a $17 New York is a big question mark. At this point I'd normally type the obligatory "I'll wait on the rats" But too many rats have sucked recently. And a rat on this would have to know Riesling to give me the sort of taste test I'd like. I just don't want to read; "It was sweet enough for the little lady."
mother and Lighter,I purchased the 2 cali wines with the Super Bowl offer and was sorry I didn't take advantage of the 3-fer offer on his site.
We opened both Rielsings and enjoyed them both. they are different, but both have that German style flavor. Having lived and worked in Germany many years ago, I enjoy Rieslings as these were my first introduction to wine.
Of note is the low alcohol content. In my experience (and other may chime in on the science behind it in the main thread) the low alcolhol means a more delicate wine (oops, yes, that word was used in the description on the woot home page, and here is a very apt descriptor.) The SH Riesling is mild, delicate, very well balanced, and extremely food friendly. Not much bouquet, especially compared to the Jana, light in color, crisp with out being puckering at all, and as I sipped, my first thought was wow, I'm back in Germany sipping wine and eating schnitzel at my favorite little place on the Frankfurter Strasse in Neu-Isenberg. My next thought was this would be perfect for our hot summer days here in the desert. Again, this is a very mild, delicate wine. This is not a knock-your-socks-off wine, nor do I think it was designed to be. This is a perfect every day wine.
The Jana, too, reminded me of Germany. This wine had a stronger bouquet, a touch more fruitiness. both wines had a minerality, though slightly different from one another, that definitely reminded me of California. Also a good food wine.
These wines would go with almost any chicken-with-sauce dish, lighter pork dishes, or spicy dishes. One caveat would be to not serve it with tomato dishes (too much acid in the tomatoes) or any dish overtly seasoned with vinegar like pickles or olives or kimchi, etc.
Hope this helps. I'm looking forward to tasting the Michigan Riesling!