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Wine of the week: 2016 Dr. Hermann Riesling 

Mosel, Germany

Retail $17

Germany's riesling grape can produce sweet and dry wines, and the varietal's high acidity helps balance the fruit's natural sweetness. Other hallmarks are riesling's intense aromas, low alcohol and versatility in pairing with foods. Many of the best rieslings come from vineyards on steep, south-facing hills along Germany's Mosel River. Dr. Hermann's family has made wine in the Mosel region for centuries and established its own estate 50 years ago in Urzig. The Hermann vineyards span 18 acres, much of it on steep slopes. Although Mosel has a cool climate, the slopes provide good exposure to the sun, and a long growing season helps develop the grapes' intense flavors. The grapes are hand-sorted and gently pressed. A long fermentation process (six to 12 weeks) takes place in steel tanks while the wine matures on the lees with no oxygen contact. In the glass, it offers aromas of herbs, Meyer lemon, minerals and hints of saffron and ginger. On the palate, taste peach, tangerine, apple, lime and high acidity. Drink it with Asian cuisines, seafood and spicy foods. Buy it at: Elio's Wine Warehouse. Drink it at: Galatoire's Restaurant and Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse.


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