Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” Edition Confirms…

Riesling Means Great Value

Riesling wines from many parts of the world dominated the “100 Best Buys” list of the Wine Enthusiast’s November edition, with 14 selections—more than double those of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc which each had six.

Starting with the #2 top value, Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Dry Riesling from Columbia Valley in Washington, other Best Buy Rieslings came from the Mosel in Germany, South Australia, New York’s Finger Lakes, Canada’s Niagara Peninsula, California, Idaho, Oregon, and New Zealand. The wines are listed below with their rankings, numerical rating, and prices,
which range from $9 to $15.

“This impressive showing of Rieslings from around the world confirms both the quality and value of Riesling wines,” said Jim Trezise, President of the International Riesling Foundation (IRF). “The range in styles and reflection of ‘terroir’ also reflects Riesling’s versatility and its natural affinity with many foods, as well as a great aperitif wine.”

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Dry Riesling (Columbia Valley) #2, 91, $9
  • Pacific Rim 2011 Dry Riesling (Columbia Valley) #10, 91, $11
  • Loosen Bros. 2010 Dr. L Riesling (Mosel) #13, 90, $12
  • Yalumba 2010 The Y Series Riesling (South Australia) #25, 89, $12
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2011 Riesling (Finger Lakes) #34, 89, $12
  • Wakefield Estate 2011 Promised Land Riesling (South Australia) #38, 89, $12
  • Dr. Heidermans-Bergweller 2011 Dry Riesling (Mosel) #40, 91, $15
  • Cave Spring 2009 Riesling (Niagara Peninsula) #41, 89, $12
  • Firestone 2010 Riesling (Santa Ynez Valley) #43, 90, $14
  • Snap Dragon 2010 Riesling (California) #60, 88, $9
  • Colter’s Creek 2010 Riesling (Idaho) #73, 90, $10
  • Willamette Valley Vineyards 2010 Riesling (Willamette Valley) #84, 90, $12
  • Firesteed 2008 Riesling (Oregon) #88, 90, $12
  • Giesen 2010 Riesling (Marlborough) #98, 88, $12

The IRF was created to promote Riesling as the world’s most noble and versatile white wine grape and wine, and includes a Board of Directors representing many of the best Riesling producers throughout the world. The IRF also created a Riesling Taste Profile to help consumers predict the taste in a particular bottle, which now appears on more than 30,000,00 bottles of Riesling in the U.S. market.

Media contact: Jim Trezise jimtrezise@nywgf.org