Wednesday, March 25, 2009
WHY WINE: Joeshico wine review; Buttonwood Grove 'dry' Riesling
In mid 2007, six Rieslings from the Finger Lakes were tasted blind against six of some the world's best Rieslings at a trade and media event in New York City. Joshua Greene, the editor and publisher of Wine and Spirits magazine, said, "Dry Riesling wine from New York's Finger Lakes clearly belongs in the constellation of world-class Rieslings. Slate and well-drained glaciated vineyard sites show terroir and descriptive characters with exceptional value."
In 2008, I also gave in to my reds only attitude and took the wife on a Cayuga Wine Trail outing.
To my surprise I really enjoyed many of the dry Rieslings we tried that day, and since, they have become my wine of choice during the summer months.
Although they were all enjoyable, my favorite came from the Buttonwood Grove Winery.
Aromas of pear, citrus and a bit of damp soil made for a unique nose, probably more so because I was a red wine only drinker. That citrus and fruit aroma stayed nicely on the tongue and the wine had a refreshing citrus like finish.
I now drink many whites, especially in the summer and the Buttonwood Grove Winery dry Riesling is always in my rack and opened for almost any occasion or food. The wine pairs well with summer salads and I enjoy it with BBQ Chicken.
Locally in Central New York it is found at about $15.
Joeshico rating: 85/86.
Take it from a novice: "Great Buy"