Ah, nothing like a perfectly chilled glass of riesling on a sweltering summer day. This white grape that's native to Germany ranks among the most refreshing of white wines, and like that hot weather, riesling also pairs remarkably well with hot, spicy foods. Given its food friendliness, range of expressions - from bone dry to some that'll rock your sweet tooth - and its potential for aging, riesling tends to be a favorite white for sommeliers and others with serious cellars.
Matthew Lewis, the local wine educator and sommelier, is now organizing a "Summer of Riesling Sacramento" which will run through September. This celebration is modeled after the "Summer of Riesling" program designed by wine bar entrepreneur Paul Grieco.
The final plans for Lewis' "Summer of Riesling Sacramento" are still be formulated, but you can look forward to a series of riesling and food pairing dinners at such hot spots as Kru, Enotria and Capital Dime. Riesling education and other events are also being scheduled. Watch this space for more info. coming very soon on this most sippable of events.