Emerald Riesling

Emerald Riesling is a grape variety created by the University of California, Davis in the 1930s. It is a crossing of Riesling and Muscadelle.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Emerald Riesling is known for producing high levels of acidity and grappey flavor. This makes them perfect for producing dry white wines that are crisp, light, and refreshing. The aromas of Emerald Riesling wines are commonly described as floral, citrus, and stone fruit, while the taste profile is often described as zesty, mineral, and herbal.

Fresh Emerald Riesling grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Emerald Riesling is primarily grown in California. Some examples are found in Israel and South Africa. Emerald Riesling grapes are known for having thick skins, and require careful vineyard management to ensure that the grapes ripen fully. The grapes need to be harvested at the perfect time to ensure that the desired acidity and sugar levels are achieved. During vinification, Emerald Riesling grapes are typically fermented in stainless steel tanks, and are not aged in any type of oak. Emerald Riesling wines produced in California are typically dry and light-bodied with crisp acidity and subtle herbal notes. Wines produced in Israel are normally in off-dry style. Emerald Riesling wines are best paired with lighter dishes such as seafood and salads. They also pair well with mild cheeses, fruits, vegetables and spicy dishes.

Foods to pair with Emerald Riesling:

Asian food
Fun Fact about Emerald Riesling
Emerald Riesling is one of the Olmo grapes developed at the University of California, Davis, by viticulturist Dr. Harold Olmo.

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