They take you on vacation
Rieslings show off their sense of place, or terroir, much better than most other wines. German Rieslings in particular are more transparent with the subtleties that help identify where they were grown, so you get a clearer sense of all the elements that came together to produce the wine -- the water, soil, sunlight, climate, etc. At the most basic levels, German Rieslings have several styles that range from dry to off dry. But the different terroirs and climates in each region lend to distinct flavor profiles and characteristics in the wine -- from racy acidity to vibrant fruit flavors -- that can really transport you as you drink them.
Twomey says: “When I taste a wine, I really want to feel like I’m traveling. Riesling really lends itself well to talking about where it’s from.”
Duffy says: “One of the things that makes Riesling great is that it’s a very a versatile wine. It has a refreshing nature, it’s a little bit lighter in body and it’s normally very crisp -- but it can be fruity or dry.”
Riesling is great for day drinking
If you don’t spend at least half the summer outside with a drink in your hand, you’re doing the season an injustice. Besides being light and crisp, German Rieslings typically have a lower alcohol content than other wines -- which makes that extra glass during your day-drinking session kind of a no-brainer.
Grieco says: “If you and your mates start drinking Riesling at 12 noon and keep drinking at a leisurely fashion throughout the day, you’re going to be bright eyed and bushy tailed by 6 at night.” (However, he’s not a doctor, so make sure you know your own limits.)