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13 July 2020

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Hail Hot Bottlers!

I'm celebrating 31 Days of German Riesling this week with a Value Vino Riesling takeover!

Dazzling as a lightning strike, pure as a diamond, refreshing as a dip in a cool river on a scorching day, Riesling ROCKS.

I’ve loved Riesling and in particular German bottles since my first visit to the vineyards when I was struck by the extent to which this grape of glory acts like a mirror to the place where it grows.

With a wealth of styles, German Riesling’s refreshment and lightness is tough to beat for a cooling summer glass laden with bright, fruity flavours from citrus sensations to tropical tantalisers. With many Rieslings naturally lower in alcohol, it’s an approachable gem if you’re seeking a lighter sip without skimping on splendour and it's perfect to pair with spicy recipes from Mexican tacos to Thai curries. 

Organised by Wines of Germany, retailers, restaurants and wine bars around the UK are launching special offers, competitions, tastings and virtual events throughout July to celebrate this gorgeous grape. Click here to get involved.

Get ready to revel in Riesling with this week’s Value Vino choices including some splash out treats to celebrate 31 Days of German Riesling. Have you got a favourite?

Fritz Willi 2018 Riesling Friedrich-Willhelm-Gymnasium (11%) Mosel £10.95 ND John Wine Merchant. A peach covered in glitter, this is delightfully dazzling with precision and thrilling zing rising to the finish. It lives up to its label which says “Unlike Others Always Exciting”.

Red Stone Riesling Gunderloch 2018 (12%) Rheinhessen £12.99 Simply Wines Direct. The aroma on this is delicate, suffused with aromatic zestiness, a bit like fresh lime spliced with juniper. Very finely textured with nectarine fruitiness, lingering bright, tapering elegance and really attractive citrus delicacy.

A.J. Adam 2014 Drohner (11%) Mosel £21.99 Rannoch Scott. The aroma on this is like a waft of exotic incense and when you taste it, it’s epic - starlike brightness radiating twinkling refreshment. Incredible to think it’s already six years old which shows how amazingly Riesling can endure and evolve in the bottle while remaining energised like a tightly coiled spring.

Weingut Schloss Vollrads 2018 Schlossberg (13.5%) Rheingau £29.70 VINVM. Peachy tropical fragrance, this rocking Riesling is as pristine as a glacier cut from crystal. Polished, refreshing and a dazzling delight.

Domdechant Werner 2018 Riesling Classic (11.5%) Hochheim Rheingau £16.49 Laithwaites. Gorgeous fresh aromas, bracing as a blast of sea air, the palate has remarkable chalky texture, the flavours are divine - a mandarin carved from pure gleaming minerals and a divine long-lasting flourishing finish.


I'll be tooting the wine horn on Saturday Kitchen this Saturday 18th July, picking the best drinks to pair with recipes by Theo Randall and Shivi Ramoutar.  Tune in from 10am BBC1.


Until then, why not whet your appetite with my latest Locktail - the Fiery Frozen Mule...enough to get your hind legs kicking. Find out how to make it here on Mail+.

And don't forget my weekly wine column in EVENT Magazine for even more recommendations.  This week - where to buy wine online. You can read it here.

Here's to a fantastic week,

Olly x

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  Olly Smith