Washington Riesling not just a Ste. Michelle thing

By on July 9, 2017

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2015 Riesling “J”, Columbia Valley, $12

Best Buy! One of the Northwest’s premier producers of Riesling recently began labeling its medium dry Riesling as “J” – as in “just right” with regards to the sugar/acid balanced. The packaging remains large the same with the dark orange screwcap and the phoenix circling behind the geisha girl. Beautiful tropical aromas include peaches, rosewater and mint. Those are echoed with the juicy flavors, which pick up lemongrass, clove and sweet apple. Indeed, this sits toward the middle of the International Riesling Foundation’s Taste Profile scale because of the acidity vs. the 2.5% residual sugar, and it remains the largest production wine from West Richland, Wash. Serve it with spicy Pan-Asian fare, richer dishes from the Old World or Caroline Chambers’ recipe for Curried Butternut Squash Soup.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 22,000 cases

Alcohol: 11.5%

Winery website

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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