Wine: Fetzer Riesling (white)


At Fetzer, we’ve been committed to environmental responsibility for over a quarter century. Because we believe sustainable practices not only make for a healthier planet – they make for better wines.

Riesling comes in many styles, and its popular enough that some call it the new Chardonnay. We just call it good. Our personal style blends fruit from cooler areas of California to create a wine both rich and floral, pale yellow in color with aromas of pear and apricot. In the glass, you’ll taste peaches and apricots, a gracious invitation to sit a spell and enjoy with friends.

Our Riesling is delicate, yet full of fruit forward flavors and aromas. There are aromas of dried fruit, lemon, lavender, jasmine and rose petal. In the mouth, the crisp acidity balances this well structured wine with flavors of peaches, pineapple and pear that lead to a smooth rich, mellow finish.

Another week, another stab at picking a tasty white wine.

I grabbed this bottle of Fetzer Riesling simply due to it’s label: I love sustainable items made in the U.S. And it’s a Riesling – I love a good Riesling. 🙂

The Fetzer was good – not great but good. It has a very nice fruity/flowery smell and I could taste apples and peaches. The Fetzer Riesling was sweet with a slight tartness when it first hits your tongue.

Sadly, the Fetzer was a little too sweet for me and hubby I paired it with a mild fish taco platter and the pairing worked ok. It didn’t quite have the flavor I wanted for sipping but I still enjoyed it. I did enjoy the Fetzer but not really enough to repurchase (except for the sustainability thing).

Wine: Anew Riesling (White)


Opening with aromas of bright fruit, subtle spice and citrus, Anew Riesling offers a harmonious blend of pure fruit flavor, heightened aromatics and balanced acidity. Expressive flavors of fresh peach and a hint of spice give this wine a crisp, refreshing essence.

This wine is perfect on its own or paired with food. Try it with spicy Asian dishes, smoked salmon, lobster salad, pasta with light sauces and blue cheese.

The 2012 Anew Riesling was sourced from vineyards throughout the state of Washington, one of the most highly-acclaimed Riesling regions in the world. Grapes were sourced from vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope and Yakima Valley. The blend is almost entirely Riesling, with just a touch of Gewurztraminer and Muscat to bring spice to the palate. A warm summer and cool fall allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, giving the wine a purity of fruit flavor and balanced acidity. 2012 was an ideal season for growing Riesling—warm through the summer and then cooling down through fall, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. As a result the wines have a lovely purity of fruit combined with a nice balance of acidity.

Well would you look at this. Another wine post. 🙂 I’m trying to be better.

I picked up this Riesling on a humbug this week. I originally planned to look for a nice red to pair with an ethnic dish but grabbed this since my Mother-in-Law is in town. She rarely (if ever) drinks so I needed something light and airy.

I decided to pair this with one of my husband’s favorite dishes: Crispy Rum Salmon. It was delicious. I felt the Anew was very light and refreshing with no alcoholic aftertaste. It’s a little fruity and a little flowery with a hint of crispness. My MIL also seemed to enjoy the quarter cup that she tried. My husband said he thought it was a good match for the meal and he liked it quite a bit. It didn’t supplant the Chateau Ste Michelle but it’s a good option.