If you’re a dry riesling fan, both New York’s Finger Lakes and Australia’s Clare Valley wine-growing regions should be on your radar. Over the past several decades, the Finger Lakes region, located in western upstate New York, has become famous for its clean, intense riesling, which is now considered the region’s signature grape. The grape variety is also the star in the Clare Valley, located north of Adelaide in South Australia, which produces some of the country’s finest dry riesling. Below are two very good, aromatic examples from both regions.
Ravines Wine Cellars 2015 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, New YorkBought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in August for $9.99
Description • Ravines’ riesling consistently wins rave reviews from critics, and the 2015 vintage received well-deserved scores in the 90s. Ravines was started in 2001 by highly regarded winemaker Morten Hallgren and his wife and chef, Lisa Hallgren. Rich, complex and tangy, this wine tastes of juicy stone fruit with refreshing flavors of lemon and lime. It has an elegant minerality along with snappy, crisp acidity. It would go well with smoked fish, seafood and flavorful chicken dishes.
“K” Kirrihill Wines 2018 Clarevale Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia
Bought • Total Wine, 90 Promenade Court, in August for $13.99
Description • This lively riesling comes from a winery owned by the Clarevale Cooperative, which was established in 1930 and operated the first winemaking facility in the Clare Valley. Delicate in style, it has a low alcohol level of 11 percent. Fresh, clean and well-balanced, it tastes of honeyed peaches with the distinctive flavor of lime. Although it’s a leaner style than the Ravines, this dry riesling is still quite big in flavor and would go well with light, spicy Asian cuisine and seafood.