The second Summer of Riesling is underway at Tannin. That means we have A LOT of Riesling for you to enjoy with roughly 15 of them available by the glass at any one time (the current list can always be found under the wines & bev tab).
Summer of Riesling was founded at a little (er, tiny) wine bar in NYC’s East Village, Terroir, back in ’08. Terroir’s owner and Sommelier Paul Grieco is a Riesling fanatic who has worked tirelessly to promote it to its rightful place as one of the world’s great wine grapes. He chose Summer because of Rieslings ability to refresh and re-energize. But a simple refreshment Riesling is not.
We follow Paul’s lead in highlighting both the depth and breadth of Riesling’s expression. Grown in cool (sometimes cold) climates world wide, the flavors and aromas of Riesling always speak to their origins. Rieslings from the steep, terraced Mosel Valley in Germany are unique in their slate and mineral transparency. Taste one next to a great Rheingau version with it’s deep stonefruit and the distinct personalities will jump out. This is a grape that needs none of the make-up of new oak, it is as pure an expression of the vineyard as your likely to find. That’s we we highlight so many regions, the wines are truly unique and expressive. I believe that we offer Riesling for all tastes and we’re even offering a chance to taste the grape over two decades of evolution. Our youngest by the glass offerings are from last summer’s harvests: ’11s from Salomon Undhoff (Kremstal, Austria) with its aromatic profile and bone-dry palate, Leitz (Rheingau, Germany) which is more resonant of peaches and apricots and Donnhoff (Nahe, Germany) who’s Rieslings rank among the greatest on earth co-exist with a ’91 from Max. Ferd Richter (Mosel, Germany) that is simply too deep and distinctive to capture in a few fleeting sentences. It’s currently available for $13 a glass.