Riesling for Summer

The calendar says April and spring but the thermometer says it’s summer already.  It’s time for some refreshing, light wines.  A new one has just arrived from Germany’s Mosel Valley.

The Joy Riesling Semidry comes from the Mosel where the best vineyard sites are on the steep slopes where the sun exposure and water drainage are at maximum. The river winds around rock outcrops and gouges the Hunsrück plateau leaving steep slopes on the outsides of the curves and flatter promontories on the insides.  The inside promontories are a mixture of sand and pebbles of river silt deposited over eons.  Vineyards planted there give pleasant but rarely distinguished wines.  The soil on the steep slopes is a variety of slate ranging from black to red and blue.  The soil is the big difference.  It’s all about terroir.  Wines from these slopes are characterized by bright acidity and loads of mineral, the Sancerres of Germany.

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It’s Vinitaly Time Again! 

Ah, one of my favorite times of the year has arrived. I’m not talking about the start of baseball season, however I am looking forward to seeing my beloved Red Sox make another run at a World Series title. No, I’m talking about what happens in the wine world this time of year. This is the season for many of the world’s biggest and most influential wine trade shows.

Prowein (Dusseldorf, Germany) and Vinitaly (Verona, Italy) both take place in the next couple of weeks and I’m delighted that ABCFWS has once again asked me to attend Vinitaly in search of more great Italian wine.

Vinitaly is regarded as one of the preeminent trade shows in the wine world. This year over 150,000 visitors are expected to turn out.  Attendees include distributors, wholesalers, importers, bars, restaurants, sommeliers, the trade press and serious retailers like ABCFWS. It will be four days of non-stop meetings, tastings, workshops and events designed to encourage contacts between exhibitors and those of us in the trade. For anyone who thinks I’m going on vacation I would love to invite you along for just one day.

April 24 Paul pic

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Sunday Sippin’: Clean Green

Still have feels for Mother Earth after yesterday’s Earth Day? Keep the celebration going with Top Chef contestant Kwame Onwuachi’s Clean Green cocktail!

2 oz Roca Patrón Silver
.75 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Lime Juice
4 Cucumber Slices
4 Oregano Sprigs
1 spritz Lemon Balm Extract

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber, oregano and simple syrup for 5 seconds. Add Roca Patrón Silver, lime juice and ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain over crushed ice in a high ball glass. Garnish with 2 sprigs of oregano and spritz with lemon balm.

Florida Beer Friday: Domino Pilsner

This South Florida brewery opened its doors in 2015, much to the elation of the vibrant community surrounding the facility. With colorful cans and creative recipes, the Domino Pilsner.PNGbrewery fits right in with the Miami scene and uses the city as inspiration for the beers they make. Domino Pilsner is a light-bodied, German-style brew with a bright burst of balanced hoppy notes. As with any well-made Pilsner, Domino showcases the talent of the brewers behind the beer. It’s great with light dishes and fun Friday nights.

Beer: M.I.A. Domino Pilsner

Style: German Pilsner

Look: Translucent gold

Aroma: Spicy hops with a slight fruitiness

Flavor: An opening delivery of spicy noble hops and a peach/white grape fruitiness adds intricacy to this fresh, hop-forward pilsner. The malty background provides clean balance with a lingering aftertaste.