In defence of Riesling—

It baffles me why so many wine drinkers recoil at the very mention of Riesling. For me, it’s one of the greatest white grape varieties on the planet. Riesling doesn’t have to be sweet and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Pop on to Aldi’s website and buy its sharp and refreshing Clare Valley Riesling (below). You won’t regret it.

For a fruitier tipple, Lidl’s Pfaffl Neubern Riesling 2017 (13.5%) from Austria has an irresistible tropical hint for £8.99.

There is plenty of diversity from Germany – Riesling’s spiritual home – and over the border in French Alsace you’ll find some of the world’s great Rieslings, such as Trimbach’s Clos Sainte-Hune.

Further afield, Washington State in the US is one to watch, and New Zealand is worth a look too. For advice, head to – you’ll find passion and expertise in equal measure.


DOWN UNDER DIAMOND: Finest Tingleup Riesling 2017 (12%) £8.50 Tesco. Citrus fragrance and refreshment abound in this Riesling-led Aussie blend. Top tip for a Thai takeaway.

AMERICAN BEAUTY: Parcel Series Washington State Riesling 2017 (12.5%) £8.99* Majestic. A peach wreathed in honeysuckle. Sumptuous mellow and splendidly refreshing. *Mix Six

PEACHY BIG MAC: Mac Forbes RS19 Strathbogie Ranges Riesling 2017 (10.5%) £17 The Wine Society. Amazing! Fruity, peachy and zesty with juicy richness. Splash out.

POP THIS IN THE KABINETT: Thanisch Riesling Kabinett Feinherb 2016 (9.5%) £21.35 Corney and Barrow. Memorable as biting into a nectarine sprinkled with lime juice and a grain of salt.


Fourth Dimension Clare Valley Riesling 2017 (12.5%) £10.99 Aldi. A coiled spring packed with intensely zesty lime citrus and radiant as a comet. Order online – fast!

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 7th October 2018