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Class 3: International Varieties


The Grape

Riesling is an adaptable grape, but it prefers cool climates and mineral-rich soil. These grapes can show intense flavors even when slightly under ripe, making this variety ideal for northern areas.

Cool weather brings out its acidity, while in warmer climates it makes a less acidic, softer, rounder wine.


The Wine

Riesling can produce wine in a variety of styles, from straw-colored, light and dry to golden, full-bodied and sweet. When high acidity balances the fruit flavors, Riesling can be a complex, mouthwatering wine. At its best it shows abundant peach, citrus, mineral and floral notes.

Most Rieslings are best drunk young, but many, especially the sweet...

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