I am currently reading a book by Rajat Parr, a sommelier working for Michael Mina, and he loves German Riesling. Like Terry Thiese, he laments the lack of popularity of German Riesling. Personally, I’m glad it is not popular and hope it remains that way.
I have put together a mixed case of German Riesling (listed below) in which no bottle is over $30. These wines are all excellent and I would not hesitate to serve them to anyone. Now, If I were to try to put together a mixed case of Burgundy or Bordeaux of the same quality, I would have to increase the price per bottle to at least $60. This is the cost of popularity. Why would a German Rieslingophile want to see this kind of price inflation with German Rieslings?
Long live inexpensive, high quality German Riesling!
2010 Spreitzer 101 Riesling, $12.99
2011 Joseph Leitz Rüdesheimer Drachenstein Dragonstone Riesling, $16.99
2011 Gunderloch Jean Baptiste Kabinett, $17.99
2011 Dönnhoff Estate Riesling, $20.99
2011 Keller Estate Riesling, $20.99
2011 Eva Fricke Lorcher Riesling, $21.99
2011 Muller Catoir Gimmeldinger Mandegarten Kabinett Riesling Trocken, 24.99
2010 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, $24.99
2009 Fred Prinz Hallgartener Jungfer Riesling, Kabinett $19.99
2009 S.A. Prum Graacher Himmelriech Spätlese, $29.99
2009 Selbach Oster Graacher Domprobst Spätlese, $29.99
2009 Basserman Jordan QBA Trocken, $22.00