Tasting Notes: Anne de K Riesling

Another spicy shrimp dish, another Riesling. I don't want to tire you out on this combo, but this is the third time we've had this duo and it works pretty great, if I do say so myself. I went to Total Wine on a whim this past weekend and knew we were having our new favorite spicy shrimp dish, so I headed straight for the Alsace area. For those of you that are tired of hearing about Alsatian Rieslings, have no fear... I think I've exhausted Total Wine's affordable selection!

The Facts

  • Producer: Anne de K
  • Region: Alsace, France
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Variety: Riesling
  • Where I purchased: Total Wine
  • Price: $14.99
  • Eyes: This wine was a pale, straw yellow color. This is to be expected given the region it's from. We actually did a blind tasting class that had an off-dry German Riesling, and it was much more of a yellow color than the Alsatian Rieslings we've had.
  • Nose: There were aromas of pear and apple. It smelled sweeter than I expected, but I think that was my brain playing tricks on me. As I've said before, we associate fruitiness with sweetness, but most fruity wines that I drink are not sweet.
  • Mouth: The wine had a prominent apple flavor come through, which is typical of Riesling. It was definitely a dry Riesling, but was fruity. There were also notes of honey, and as expected, there was a minerality to it. The wine was fuller in flavor but less acidic than others I've had. It was still tasty, but I think I lean toward the wines that really give a "zing" of acidity. 
  • Thoughts: This Riesling was quite good, especially for the price point. It obviously paired well with the spice in our dinner due to the lower alcohol content. This Riesling was only 12% ABV. I STRONGLY recommend that if you like spicy food, try pairing it with a Riesling. I really think you'll be surprised at how well they go together. I wouldn't say there is a standout among the Rieslings we've had lately, since they've all been good, but this one wins on price point. I have a feeling it will be our go to whenever we have a spicy dish.