Riesling is one of the most food friendly wines on the planet and a no-brainer when looking for the perfect pairing for spicy food.  I tend to gravitate to German & Alsatian Rieslings, but Washington State and New York are also producing some great ones too. If you think Rieslings are too sweet, think again! Rieslings run the full flavor spectrum from bone-dry all the way to succulent sweet dessert wines. This little charmer is a great value with great flavor and just a touch of residual sugar.

The Dr. L by Dr. Loosen is a great everyday Riesling to keep on hand for your next take-out meal. Dr. Loosen is an exceptional producer in Germany and has earned the nickname “King of Riesling” by many in the wine industry. The Dr. L is considered his “table” wine.

I love this wine paired with spicy Chicken Ka Pow! I really like the way a Riesling cools the palate with a touch of residual sweetness and also makes the flavors pop with its vibrant acidity. I also paired this with dark chocolate covered candied ginger for a chocolate tasting event and it was smashing success!

Tasting Notes: 2013 Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Riesling, Mosel, Germany (SRP: $12) 

Aromas of white flowers, citrus & stone fruit dance in your glass. This off-dry wine boasts vibrant acidity, honey, peach, lemon & a hint of lingering spice on the palate.

Perfect Pairings: Sushi, Spicy Thai Food, Seafood, Chicken Satay & Picnic Fare