WINE HIGHLIGHT: 2018 Sweet Riesling
After two years of good product, we wanted to highlight one of our original varietals and one of our only vinifera grapes that do well at Pleasant Valley Farm and Vineyard. Sweet Riesling has proven to be a favorite to those who taste it and a grape that thrives on our property. This is likely because the origins of the grape are from Germany, with a similar climate and weather as what we see many years in Michigan.
Typically Riesling is sweet with fruit overtones. The fruit will be that of citrus, with lemon and lime notes. With that of apricot as well to smooth it out and really round out the flavor so you're not "puckering".
Our Riesling is sweet, with fruit forward flavors. Personally, I find most of our wine has a bit of an apple taste to it. Our Vidal definitely does and I could get hints of it with our Riesling. I believe this is in part due to the environment of our vineyard- it being an old apple orchard. This is my theory, not approved by our vintner!
Another notable area, comparable to the West Michigan wine region that grows Riesling is the Fingerlake Region in New York. Many award-winning Riesling wines are grown and produced in the region. Though, while Michigan Riesling is typically sweet, as ours is at Pleasant Valley Farm and Vineyard, the Fingerlake Region will have more of a dry Riesling.
One interesting note about Riesling is that for white wine, it ages well. Typically, when you see wine being aged it is red wine. But Riesling will also age well. So grab a bottle or two- one for now, and one for a few years down the road!
Overall, we're very proud of our Riesling wine and hope that we can continue to share it with you!
Come stop by our space or email to order your own bottle!