With summer, comes questions: Where should I take my vacation? Should I break up with my girlfriend? Should I start a relationship with tank-tops? Settle "What wine should I drink?" right now, and hit up Riesling Week, May 18-24.
Birthed from feisty, greenish-yellow grapes that flourish in Germany, Alsace, and Austria's chillier growing regions, Riesling can mean sweeter wines, which many people are familiar with, but they also produce a wealth of dry, peach- and apple-tinged wines, which many don't know jack about, but damn well should. Riesling Week will showcase the wine's prowess as a light, refreshing summer quaffable, with free tastings at retailers across the city, from Sunset Corners to Wine 69 -- clearly either a reference to their 6909 street address, or the Batavian Rebellion against Rome (um, why are you smirking?). There'll also be special Riesling menus at a host of vaunted restos, including Ortanique on the Mile, Café Sambal, and Azul -- the Mediterranean-Asian fusion spot whose refrigerated leftovers always end up getting devoured by Zuul.
To navigate Riesling Week, check out this map of participating locations -- because one question you don't want to ask yourself this summer is, "where the hell am I?".