Within about ten minutes, the scales fell off my eyes. I had blithely tossed "carbonic maceration" into conversations for years while remaining almost totally ignorant of its implications. And what might those be?
This story comes from the war diary of my grandfather, Archie Brick, one of the first Americans in Europe in World War I. It is the story of every American doughboy, as told in one man's diary.
This very pleasant dry Riesling would be a great introduction to the style for those who think "Riesling" and "sweet" should always be used in the same sentence. Barely ripe pear and apple, still hard and tart, with just hints of sweetness and an underlying minerality, are followed by a touch of petrol flavors, all with a full mouth feel, great acidity, and a lingering finish that teases a memory of limestone, lemon, and honey. Drink it with anything that ends in "...wurst."
It is generally accepted that wine growing and making originate in what is now the country of Georgia. With a few exceptions, Georgian varieties have existed in a juxtaposition of global obscurity and vast planting in the cradle of viticulture.