Author John Winthrop Haeger will speak about his newest book, Riesling Rediscovered: Bold, Bright and Dry, in St. Helena on May 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 750 Wines in St. Helena, located at 1224 Adams Avenue. There is no charge to attend, but RSVPs are requested or can be arranged by emailing Sep@750wines.com.
Napa Valley Rieslings from Smith-Madrone and Stony Hill will be poured, joined by bottles from Radio-Coteau from Sonoma County, Germany’s Weingut Dreissigacker and Austria’s Malat and Markus Huber. Copies of Riesling Rediscovered will be available for purchase. A portion of the evening’s book sales will benefit Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch’ emergency fund.
This is a must-attend event if you’re a student in any wine certification program (WSET, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Society of Wine Educators) or if you just want to find out why wine lovers are so enthusiastic about these wines.
Riesling is the world’s seventh most-planted white wine grape variety and among the fastest growing over the past twenty years. It is a personal favorite of many sommeliers, chefs, and other food and wine professionals for its appealing aromatics, finesse, and minerality; for its uncanny ability to reflect terroir; and for its impressive versatility with cuisines of all types. It is stylistically paradoxical, however. Now usually made dry in most of Europe and Australia, and assumed dry by most German consumers, Riesling is made mostly sweet or lightly sweet in North America and is believed sweet in the American marketplace irrespective of origin. Riesling is thus consequently—but mistakenly—shunned by the mainstream of American wine drinkers, whose tastes and habits have been overwhelmingly dry for two generations.
Riesling Rediscovered looks at the present state of dry Riesling across the Northern Hemisphere: where it is grown and made, what models and objectives vintners have in mind, and what parameters of grape growing and winemaking are essential when the goal is a delicious dry wine. John Winthrop Haeger explores the history of Riesling to illuminate how this variety emerged from a crowded field of grape varieties grown widely across northern Europe.
John Winthrop Haeger has written about wine since 1986. His articles have appeared in Connoisseur, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Sunset, Saveur, San Francisco Chronicle, Singapore-based Appetite and Japan’s Wine Kingdom. His first book about wine, North American Pinot Noir (University of California Press, 2004), was named Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year for 2005. The second, Pacific Pinot Noir: A Comprehensive Winery Guide for Consumers and Connoisseurs, was published in September 2008.