Another "aromatic" that is also gaining in popularity, Riesling
can be a particularly refreshing alternative to the Chardonnay/Sauvignon
Blanc white wine tandem. Unlike its cousin, Gewürztraminer,
this varietal has little spice and instead relies on its
delicate aromas and subtle flavors for its special niche.
Usually lighter in style and sometimes with residual sweetness,
it's better paired with lighter fare. The Riesling is a
mainstay of Germany's winemaking and also ripens to full maturity
in Alsace. The top American producers have generally been
those who have also had success with Gewürztraminer.