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Simonis Alsace Riesling 2013

Simonis Alsace Riesling 2013

I know that some of you will read the words "Alsace" and "Riesling", click delete, and move on. But I really hope you don't because I'm as excited to introduce these wines to you as any I've imported so far. 

Plus, coming to love, enjoy, and appreciate Riesling, is one of those steps every wine lover needs to take. It's just too bad there's such a negative connotation about Riesling that makes many people screw up their face like it has been suggested they drink a cool glass of diesel fuel. So I hope you bear with me here...

I arrived in Ammerschwihr exactly 28 hours late. I had spent the previous night sleeping in the Philadelphia airport, then upon arriving in Frankfurt sat in one of those news hour traffic jams for about 5 hours as I crawled across the Rhine and into France. I walked through the door at Chez Simonis at 5:45 on a Saturday evening and fully expected Katia and Etienne to usher me right back out. 

But I'm sure glad they didn't. 

A degustation at an Alsacienne winery is no small affair, usually consisting of several ranges of wines--young and fruity, vineyard designated, Grand Cru, Reserves, bubblies, red, sweets, and the beat goes on. So when I finally departed, at 9:30 and 25 wines later, I was relieved that these fine people had been so patient and welcoming of me. 

I found wine after wine that was brimming with life, exuberant, fresh, and scintillating. This was exactly the kind of Alsace winery that I had been seeking--a counter to the idea that all Riesling is:

  1. sweet
  2. cheap
  3. headache-inducing
  4. wimpy

This 'straight up' bottle of Riesling is downright delicious and will function beautifully in the spring and summer months with whatever you're cooking. It is a truly lovely, DRY, bottle of wonderment. Try some!

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