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Riesling study hall: a class you wouldn't dream of skipping

March 6, 2009 |  2:04 pm

Riesling_rules_cover_3I admit I’m smitten with Riesling in all its guises.

Though it’s easily one of the most food-friendly wines on Earth, I’m finding that few food lovers know much about this ancient white grape. For those (and you know who you are), there’s a free booklet called “Riesling Rules” from Pacific Rim winery in Washington state. You can peruse it online here. Or, if you prefer one to carry around with you, you can order a complimentary copy by e-mailing info@rieslingrules.com.

What’s to learn? Oh, things like how to spell Riesling (i before e), how to sound like a Riesling geek, and who are the world’s most ardent Riesling lovers. (Hint: Some of them are wine producers.)

On a more serious note: which glass shape best suits which Rieslings, temperatures for serving various Rieslings from dry to sweet and the history of the grape, which made its entrance in the 15th century in the Rheingau area of Germany. And most important, classic (and more adventurous pairings) of food with Riesling.

Definitely worth a look.

— S. Irene Virbila

Photo: S. Irene Virbila / Los Angeles Times

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