We here at Waterbar have been inspired as of late. From our last Wrye on Rye event to Valentine's Day, our menus have been both dynamic and tasty. With Spring just around the corner we thought we'd add some fun with a Riesling inspired tasting menu. For $110 per person, Waterbar is hosting a four course prix fixe menu with wines from the most prestigious Riesling regions in the world.
Our Beverage Director Steve Izzo has some words to share ~
The gleaming facets of Riesling...
Where does one begin to tell the tale of Riesling? Perhaps we should begin in the Rhine region of Germany , the ancestral home of the variety, with written references reaching as far back as the 15th century. Though some would argue that the story of Riesling starts with the advance of the Roman Empire, and the spread of the vine a millennium or so previous to any written reference in Germany. Regardless of where one begins the point is that Riesling and its resulting wines have been prized throughout history. The reach of Riesling vines has spread to neighboring countries in Western Europe, and as far afield as New World plantings in North America and Australia. today Riesling continues to be a favorite amongst wine professionals and has taken an upward turn in global popularity as well.
Riesling is arguably the most versatile wine for matching with food. They are compellingly aromatic and strike a sublime balance between complex flavors and refreshingly bright acidity. Riesling has a broad spectrum of expressions: from crisp, clean, citrusy, bone dry styles...to wines with more upfront fruit flavors of apples, peaches and nectarines with long lingering mineral finishes...to the noble dessert styles that are deeply honeyed and yet retain elegance, vibrancy and tension. Rieslings can age gracefully for decades taking on more amber hues and the distinctive perfume of petrol laden hazelnuts mixed with quince jam and dried figs. Great Riesling is a window into the place and time from where it originates, telling a delicious story written in soil, sunlight and tradition.