The noble white grape from Germany, its place of origin and spiritual home. The grape that stands up to Thai food - that's a big deal! Yes, I dare you to find others that could. It's possible, but in the case of Riesling, without argument.
All that lime juice, the uncompromising use of chillies, all those pungent herbs above the powerful baseline of fish sauce that's so intrinsic to Thai cuisine – Riesling can handle them. It can cut through coconut cream as if each mouthful was the first. As a Thai who cooks a lot of Thai food, it's become my instinctual pairing choice (though I love it on its own too).
Hair-raisingly good, when it's good. The sharpness, concentration, the precision of sweetness and all of its taste components combined and delivered with such purity, I will ceaselessly marvel.
If Pinot Noir is inspiring, mystifying and sensual like the voice of Françoise Hardy's acoustic gift "Le Martien", then Riesling is exhilarating, charged, intense and uplifting. A good German Riesling is Bach's Cello Suite No.3 in C major to the backdrop of Herman Hesse's Narcissus and Goldmund. Specific enough? It's that kinda wine.
Purity, tension, blossoms and plenty of tree fruit.
Rieslings can age exceptionally well, developing notes of honey and the most pleasant imaginable petrol nose.
The good people who make these wines in the key regions of Germany - Nahe, Rheingau and Mosel, know this and are proud to present the 31 days of German Riesling. We, Forest Wines, are happily honouring this month of Riesling by quenching our thirst, tasting (drinking) as much good German Riesling as we can. Look out in the coming weeks for words on some of our favourite producers.Check out our Riesling selection.