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Dry Riesling recommendations?

I like riesling, but most are too sweet for my taste. I prefer dry rieslings like Bonny Doon's Pacific Rim. Any other recommendations, either U.S. or imported at a moderate price (under $20).

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  1. Try some from Australia:
    Leeuwin Art Series from Margaret River
    Grosset Polish Hill
    The Leeuwin should definitely be no more than $20, while the Grosset might be around $25 or so.

    1. How do you drink your wine? If you just swallow it and don't move it around many German Rieslings will appear sweet. If you move it around the Rieslings from the Mosel will be your cup of tea as they are more sour than sweet.

        1. re: RCC

          +1 on the Niagara rieslings, if you can find them where you are. Niagara's are known for being dry or off-dry and generally very well priced.

        2. Clairborne & Churchill Dry Riesling from the Edna Valley @ $15

          1. Trimbach Riesling (Alsace)
            Smith Madrone Dry Riesling (Spring Mountain, Califormia)

            1. Helfrich "Steinklotz" Riesling is pretty bad ass juice for the price. I think I paid about 20 bucks each after 6pk discount. It's minerally, with lots of apricot and tangerine and a hint of petrol, and perfectly dry. My 05s are drinking pretty well right now, but definitely have more life left in them.

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              1. re: invinotheresverde

                If you can find it...Ravines Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes is awesome!

                1. re: tito

                  Thanks for the recs so far. The only name I recognize is the Trimbach, which is readily available in Rhode Island, where I live. The NY suggestions surprise me--I guess I have an outdated notion of Finger Lakes wines being sickly sweet.

                  wingglas1's suggestion is intriguing. I've noticed that some of the rieslings I've tried can be very elusive on the palate. For example, I enjoy Clean Slate, a low-priced Mosel. Sometimes it seems sweet, while othertimes, it's just right., probably depending on what foods I'm eating it with. Anyway, I look forward to hunting down these labels.

                  1. re: Joltingjoey

                    Pretty sure you can get the Helfrich at the Attleboro Yankee Spirits. I bought mine at the Sturbridge store a few years ago.

                1. Kung -Fu Girl, Pierre Sparr, Dr. L (Loosen), Hugel, .....

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                  1. re: HoosierFoodie

                    +1 on the Kung Fu Girl, that wine turned me around on Reislings. And a great value

                  2. I wasn’t a fan of Riesling until I ran into Westbrook Wine Farm 2006, Uber Rhenish Dry Riesling. It is under $20 but you may have to order and ship if you are outside of California. Westbrook Wine Farm is in the Sierra Nevada foothills.


                    1. While it is called 'rich', not sweet, Weinbachs L'Inedit is on my favorite list now. Very, very concentrated and rich, duh, it holds up to almost any food paired with it. Probably off dry, but tastes similar to most Zind-Humbrecht riesling offerings.

                      1. I've converted a few people who said they don't like German-style Rieslings to Donhoff Kabinett Riesling (they do one called dry Riesling as well which is pretty much the same). But if you are willing to go a little above $20, Grosset Polish Hill as recommended in the first reply, is a steely joy.

                        1. Another nod to Niagare here! The last few vintages have been excellent for whites in Ontario. The topography in Niagara is like that of some of Germany's (maybe less exaggerated), and the climate can be too. They can go from quite dry to syrupy sweet in the region too. The off-drys are (generally) balanced nicely by high acidity too.

                          Favourites include Tawse & Fielding Estates, with their entry levels somewhere between $15-20 CDN. Others I've enjoyed are Henry of Pelham, Cave Springs (for good QPR) and Angel's Gate (though they can be unreliable with other varietals).

                          Norman Hardie in Prince Edward County is dabbling with good results, but his prices are on the rise.

                          1. One of my favorite dry rieslings is the Nikolaihof Vom Stein Federspiel (Wachau Austria). 2005 is epic, but I think the 2006 is drinking better right now (and can likely be found for less, though more than $20).

                            Here are a few links, including one more generally on the wines of Austria that might give you a few ideas:
                            http://www.weingutprager.at/fileadmin... (article on wines of Wachau Austria)

                            1. German rieslings can do this great thing where they are sweet yet so acidic that the sweetness is balanced so they are refreshing and not cloying at all. There are so many that pull this off, probably Kabinetts or especially when labeled Trocken they will not seem sweet. Some examples I have had recently:
                              09 St Urbans-Hof Urban Nik Weis Selection (super cheap)
                              05 St. Ludwig Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett (also from a bargain bin)
                              05 Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Kabinett (getting serious, this will age into petrol territory)
                              07 Hexamer Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg Riesling Quarzit

                              Finger Lakes can produce nice rieslings. I agree with Ravines, you also should look for dry rieslings from Hermann J. Wiemer