Wine Time

Wine of the Week: Trimbach Riesling

Spring is here. And that means one thing: White wine is back. As the days get longer and warmer, we find ourselves drinking more white than red. Of course, there are always exceptions. But for the most part, we like to sit outside and soak up the sun with our chilled glass of white wine.

Now, we aren't talking about white Zinfandel, so put the Arbor Mist and Franzia back on the shelf. Nothing good happens when you drink those wine, as Becky Means informed us. In fact, white wine doesn't have to be sweet. For an everyday drinking white, we actually prefer white wines to be dry. This week we chose a Trimbach Riesling from Alsace.

Trimbach is one of the most well-known Alsatian wine producers. The family has been making wine since the early 1600s and is known for its white wines. Their wines range from the Classic selections, which are more reasonably priced wines, to the Prestige and Collection selections, which are more expensive. Unlike German Rieslings, Alsatian Rieslings are higher in alcohol and drier. This particular Riesling was light, refreshing and tasted like biting into a crisp green apple. In addition to the green apple flavor, the wine showed citrus and mineral flavors.

Alsatian Rieslings are also good food wines. The Trimbach winery suggests pairing its Riesling with sushi or grilled fish. We usually drink sake with our sushi. Maybe next time we'll try the Trimbach Riesling.

For less than $20, this Riesling is a great find. We will definitely be back for more.

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Jane Catherine Collins