The greatest of all white grapes

Riesling Tradition 2012, Kuentz-Bas, Alsace

Riesling Tradition 2012, Kuentz-Bas, Alsace

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Both New Zealand and Australia have active websites called the Summer of Riesling (summerofriesling.com.au) dedicated to the popular wine.

Down-under, riesling is not treated with the same suspicion as in the UK where memories of sugary Germanic wines still linger.

Arguably riesling is the greatest of all white grapes and it’s a versatile partner to food, particularly spicy dishes and Asian-influenced cuisine.

Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2013, Marlborough (Waitrose £7.49 on offer from £9.99 until June 17) is fresh with zesty lime, apple and a juicy palate – just off-dry with a clean finish.

McGuigan Classic Riesling 2013, S E Australia (Morrisons £8.99) is also a nice introduction to food-friendly riesling, with green apple and floral notes.

Riesling Tradition 2012, Kuentz-Bas, Alsace

This is drier than the previous two suggestions; it is a really inviting colour with a nose of grapefruit, lemon grass and a nice smokiness, followed by mouth-watering acidity and a really long finish. Very fine and perfect with monkfish green curry.

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