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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Riesling is an aromatic grape that is capable of producing a variety of styles from different regions. It is tolerant of cold winters, is mid- to late-ripening, and buds late, making it suitable for cool climates where it produces wines with green fruit and floral notes. In warmer climates, citrus and stone fruit flavors are dominant, and the wine is richer with less acidity than in cooler regions. When left on the vine Riesling has the ability to accumulate sugar without losing its naturally high acidity. This makes it suitable for a range of sweetness levels, including botrytized wines. The best wines have the ability to age for decades in bottle without losing freshness, and over time these wines develop flavors of honey, toast, and petrol.
is the heartland of Riesling and produces wines in a range of sweetness levels. The sweetest wines are typically made from botrytized grapes and the highest-quality versions perfectly balance sweetness and acidity, creating a unique combination of flavor concentration and freshness. For the best expressions of this style look to the regions of and , to producers such as and . , ,and are also known for high-quality wines from Riesling and produces high-quality wine in the Alsatian style.
In the New World, is the most famous Riesling producing region, particularly the sub-regions of and . Unlike Old-World wines, these are often bone dry, with high acidity and signature aromas of lime.
The combination of sweetness and acidity makes Riesling a great pairing for spicy food, particularly Indian and Asian, as well as cheeses and fatty meats such as duck leg.
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