A Truly Fine Wein

Tiring of those taste-alike chardonnays? Riesling (pronounced reezling) is the antidote. The true riesling (a.k.a. Johannisberg Riesling) has its origins in Germany, but it can now be found all over the world and is developing cult status among growers and drinkers. A 1999 Riesling Single Berry Select made by Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington State in the U.S. has been awarded 97 points by the Wine Spectator, the highest-ever rating for an American white.

Like the great sauternes, riesling is susceptible to so-called noble rot, in which the Botrytis cinerea fungus dehydrates the grapes and concentrates...

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