Grape varieties

Riesling

This German variety was Washington’s first star, and today Riesling still is one of the state's favorite wines.

Idaho, too, is well known for its steely Rieslings. In British Columbia, the grape is used most famously for its ice wines, as the wine's natural acidity gives these ultra-sweet wines plenty of backbone. Riesling is a small part of Oregon's production, but the Willamette Valley can make some delicious versions in the hands of caring producers

Often value priced, Riesling is food-friendly and can reveal its greatness as a dry, off-dry or sweet wine. Don’t overlook this fine wine.

This story was originally published June 16, 2012 4:46 PM.

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