Once a celebrated varietal that rivaled the likes of Bordeaux and Burgundy, Riesling's reputation took a hit during the 70s and 80s due to overproduction and outdated marketing strategies that pigeonholed it as merely sweet and unsophisticated. However, this noble white grape is reclaiming its stature in the wine world, showcasing its versatility from its German origins in the Mosel and Rheinland regions to the emerging New Zealand and Australian vineyards.

Riesling’s appeal lies in its broad stylistic range—spanning from zesty and invigorating to voluptuous and complex. Harvest time plays a crucial role in defining these styles, offering everything from crisp citrus notes to luscious hints of honey and peach. A unique textural element often described as 'oily' adds a layer of complexity that can be as polarizing as it is fascinating.

Looking to branch out? If Riesling piques your interest, explore other intriguing varietals like Chardonnay (think Chablis), Albariño, and Grüner Veltliner. And for a delightful food pairing, consider soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert to complement Riesling's diverse flavor profile.