Monday, March 8, 2010

My Lighthearted Friend Riesling

I have had a few people ask me to recommend a wine for the person who doesn't like wine. I was trying to remember the first wine I started drinking and after many text messages with my best friend, we came up with nothing. We know it was white and cheap and that we bought it at the grocery store in Taiwan. The only wine that stood out in both of our minds was Australian Bush because the name makes us giggle.

For the novice wine drinker, white is way to go. My recommendation would be a Riesling. Anyone who says they do not like Riesling is lying. It is just so delicious. I think Billy Munnelly put it best:"Riesling always feels lighter and livelier than most other whites. It’s friendly and lighthearted – perfect for events when the wine needs to give everyone a good time." I have agree, maybe that's why Riesling and I are such good friends, we are both lighthearted.

For those of you who are reading to learn about wine you should know the Riesling grape originates from the Rhine region of Germany and has been cultivated since the 1400s! Wow, that is one old grape! The Riesling grape is very versatile and can produce wine that runs the gamut from dry to very sweet to sparkling.

For a nice local pick try the Cave Springs Riesling. This is one fun wine and I promise a good time will be had by all!


  1. Amanda,
    I do not remember what wine I first tried either probably some crappy blend but I do no what two whites I stick to now. They are not Niagara ones ( oops ) but I do recommend them to my friend
    1. Ruffinao Orvieto Classico - Italian 11.75
    2. Piat D'or - French not sure the price.. but i think its a Chardonay) not a Riesling.. eek but my go to's

  2. Thanks for the recommendations Alex! I like to try new wines!

  3. I'm pretty sure that my first experience was with a blush wine (or rose). Since it tends to be sweeter I think it's a start for a lot of people who know absolutely nothing about wine. I so love a good Riesling now though. So delicious!

  4. I'm not much of a wine drinker myself, and when I say not much I mean not at all, so I have really enjoyed reading your blog over the last 8 weeks. It's given me some excellent insight and motivation to try something new!