Summer of Riesling: All German, All Summer in Charleston

Written by Wines of Germany.

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From June 20th through August, restaurants and stores across the country will participate in Summer of Riesling: All German, All Summer, a summer-long celebration that aims to familiarize wine-lovers with the beauty of the Riesling varietal. To get you ready to discover the range of German Riesling styles at the 10 participating restaurants in Charleston, we’ve created a primer that explains Riesling’s many styles, how to identify your favorites, and the best pairing practices!

Dry Riesling

  • What’s it like? These are bone-dry wines that are simultaneously delicate and wonderfully acidic. Perfect for those who prefer leaner, mineral-driven styles.
  • How to identify? Look for “dry,” or “trocken,” the German word for dry, on the label. You can also check the back to see what the residual sugar level is. If it’s less than 9 grams/ L, it’s dry!
  • Food, please? Try one with grilled fish, summer salads and light pasta dishes.

Off-Dry Riesling

  • What’s it like? These wines are characterized by their remarkable balance of stone fruit flavors and bright, lemony acidity.
  • How to identify? Halbtrocken, Kabinett and Feinherb indicate that the wine is off-dry. If you don’t see one of these words, check out the back to see if the wine has 9-18 grams/ L!
  • Food, please? Off-dry Rieslings’ unique combination of acidity and fruitiness allows them to balance out spicy foods and stand up to richer dishes like Asian cuisines, fattier fish and barbecue.

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Late-Harvest Riesling

  • What’s it like? Late-Harvest Rieslings are full-bodied wines that are characterized by their honeyed peach flavors and pronounced acidity.
  • How to identify? Some are just barely sweeter than off-dry wines; others are ripe and concentrated dessert wines. Look for Spätlese or Auslese if you want something less intense, and Beerenauslese, Eiswein or Trockenbeerenauslese if you’re looking for a stunning dessert wine!
  • Food, please? Late-Harvest Rieslings pair beautifully with aged cheeses and fruit-based desserts.

Now go put that knowledge to use at the following participating restaurants!

* Indicates that this restaurant is doing additional programming. Stay tuned!

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Lowcountry Living

Written by Alyson Murphy.

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Growing up in the Lowcountry gave kids like myself an opportunity to grow surrounded by Nature's pure beauty and romance. First kisses happened not in parents' basements, but hidden in the darkness of a vacant beach. Friendships were rooted much like the anchors we fought with to keep us safe from the shifting tides. Even heartbreak was allayed, as the southern sunsets always brought hope for brighter days.

Summers were spent living. We were taught how to back in boat trailers before we learned the basics of algebra. We were young, we were foolish, and we thought we were invincible. My first dose of mortality came the summer after freshman year in high school, when the inevitable combination of alcohol mixed with ignorance made me the losing opponent to an oyster bed. The scars I bare from that afternoon become visible every summer when I’m once again exposed to the seasonal surroundings of that day.

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As an etiquette consultant, I try not to preach rules. If you know me, you know that I think rules are meant to be broken. Some rules are given to us with the choice of interpretation. A speed limit, for example, can be slightly ambiguous. Meanwhile, other rules are meant for strict reinforcement as running a red light could cause collateral damage far worse than a speeding ticket.

But, at what point does a societal rule become less of a mere suggestion and more a recommendation designed to reduce conflict and prevent collision? As summer heats up, let us keep in mind the importance of civility and safety. Respect mother nature’s temper, have courtesy for those around us, and show compassion for a community grounded in our common love for humanity and hospitality.

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