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Wine Wednesday: Kung Fu Riesling 2013

This wine with the odd name and funky label from Charles Smith Wines in Washington State has gotten a lot of acclaim — 90 points from Robert Parker, etc. — so I was looking forward to trying it. Riesling is one of my favorite types of wine.

Kung Fu Riesling 2013 has a nice floral aroma, with some citrus and stone fruit. The flavor starts off mirroring its aromatics, but then moves into pear and Fuji apple. Definitely off-dry, verging on slightly sweet. I was hoping for more acidity to balance it out. There is slight minerality on the finish, which I liked. But it also had a waxy mouthfeel that I didn’t care for.

The┬áKung Fu Riesling is a pleasant wine and easy to drink if you like your Rieslings a little on the sweet side. I can see this going well with a really flavorful dish, like spicy Asian food. At the price — only $10 a bottle — it’s definitely worth trying. But perhaps don’t raise your expectations as high as mine were.

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Wine Wednesday: Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008

Pacific rim dry rieslingPacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008

Columbia Valley (Washington State)
Price: $12
Highly recommended

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling is produced in Washington's Columbia Valley, a region growing in regard for its fine Rieslings. Ninety percent of the wine made by Pacific Rim is Riesling of one type or another, so it's no surprise they know what they're doing.

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008 is off-dry, even slightly tart, with prominent citrusy fruit and subtler floral flavors. It has a moderate level of alcohol (13.5%), so it's easy to drink a few glasses if you're having it with dinner. And you should, as it goes very well with food.

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling is aged in stainless steel tanks and never sees oak. That gives it a light, refreshing taste that will especially appeal to those who are looking to try a white wine, but aren't fans of Chardonnay. This is not an overly complicated wine, but it has enough flavor and crispness to please most crowds.