Washington Wines

Washington State Riesling, A Refreshing Summer Drink

I recently learned that Riesling is the #1 grape grown in Washington State.  And for that I am very thankful – to me Riesling is just the right combination of sweet and cool – the perfect summer drink. It is also somewhat versatile.  It goes nicely with spicy food (think spicy Thai food) or with crisp salad or even on its own.

kung fu girlTonight I had a glass with my dinner of a bastardized version pasta pomodor0 – using fresh cherry tomatoes that came in my weekly produce delivery.

I recently enjoyed two different Rieslings of note – Kung Fu Girl by Charles Smith and Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Riesling.  I have to admit, I didn’t take tasting Chateau Ste Michellenotes on either, I opened the bottle, poured myself a glass and enjoyed.  I can tell you that I liked both equally, that I thought high enough of the Kung Fu Girl enough to share it with my wine-sophisticated family (but then again, I am a self-proclaimed Charles Smith Groupie) and I enjoyed most of the Chateau Ste. Michelle just for myself over this weekend.

I can also tell you that both bottles were right around $10 each and worth every penny.  If I had to describe both of these wines in one word, it would be refreshing.  It has been non-stop summer hot and after a long day of work, a glass of cool, crisp wine really makes life nice.

And that is all she wrote tonight – I am back out to the sun!


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