Despite being Germany’s most famous grape variety, the noble Riesling grape (pronounced REEZ-ling) is probably the world’s most misunderstood, with the majority of people dismissing it as a light, sweet wine of little substance.
However, these wine philistines are missing out. Largely produced in the Rheingau and Franken regions in Germany in beautiful, award-winning vineyards, the Riesling grape is perfectly capable of creating a huge variety of different white wines from sweet to dry and everything else in between.
Germany have been ahead of the curve for years with their love of Riesling, which dominates the wine market there, but at last we’re starting to cotton on in the UK largely due to Wines of Germany’s 31 Days of Riesling Campaign, which is back by popular demand this July.
Taking over London’s leading restaurants and bars for an entire month, wine specialists will be on hand across the city to teach us ignorant Brits about the delights of Riesling wine through everything from in-store tasting flights to fab food pairings.
Over 120 venues are involved in this year’s campaign, including big names Hakkasan, The Clove Club, Chez Bruce and Gordon Ramsey’s London House, while if you prefer to enjoy your tipple at home specialist wine retailers across London such as Vagabond and Theatre of wine are offering discounts and tastings too.
Highlights of the 31 Days of Riesling Campaign in London
- In store tastings at Handford every Friday night between 5 – 7pm
- Riesling flights at The Jugged Hare, The White Swan, The Botanist Sloane Square and The Botanist Broadgate
- 20% off all dry German Riesling at WaitroseCellar.com
- Riesling-infused dishes at London House Restaurant
What’s more, in addition to all these event’s Best Western and the German National Tourist office are offering up the chance to win a trip to Germany, including visits to the Wine-Festival in Wurzburg and the Bavarian village of Veitshoechheim.
All you have to do is share your Riesling moment by tweeting #Rieslingmoment to @WinesofGermany or uploading a picture of you enjoying drinking German Riesling to be in with a chance of winning (terms and conditions apply).