August 2023 Tasting Report: Germany’s Riesling Wonderland, a Spanish Renaissance and Australia’s Cri de Coeur

James Suckling

Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia were front and center on our tasting trail in August as we rated nearly 2,700 wines from the four countries out of the 3,199 bottles in total we tapped into during the month from 18 countries, including such outliers as Brazil, England, Poland and Romania.

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5 Most Popular German Wines (Varieties and Appellations)

Taste Atlas

Kerner is a German grape that was developed in 1929 as a cross between Riesling and Trollinger (also known as Schiava Grossa and Vernatsch). It was introduced in the 1960s, first in Germany and then Italy, where it is mainly used in several regional appellations in Alto Adige/Südtirol.

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Across the Uni-Verse: How to Pair Wine with Sea Urchin

Wine Enthusiast

Uni’s flavors are at once demure and extravagant, and the wine pairing should also balance elegance with personality.

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Yes, Rieslings Can Be Dry—and Delicious. 5 Bottles to Try.

The Wall Street Journal

When tasting dry Rieslings, ask what you would of any wine: Is it well balanced and a pleasure to drink? These five passed with flying colors.

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The 6 White Wines to Try to Help You Understand White Wine


White wine, some people love it, others swear they only drink red. But you shouldn’t overlook a nice glass of white wine without first diving in to see what you like and don’t like, avoiding sweeping judgments or assumptions along the way. This might surprise you, but there is a plethora of white wine styles out there, and they go fantastically well with all types of food, even steak.

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Sommelier Roundtable: What’s the Best Wine to Bring to the Beach?

Wine Spectator

12 top wine pros share their favorite bottles and cans for sipping seaside.

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Why Value-Seeking Buyers Turn to Germany’s Spätburgunder

SevenFifty Daily

In control states like Pennsylvania, these German Pinot Noirs offer a value-packed alternative to Burgundy.

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Wine – feeling the heat

Jancis Robinson

Warmer summers mean earlier and earlier harvests for wine growers, but what do they mean for us wine drinkers? For those determined to drink red wine, high temperatures pose a challenge. Any drink should have an element of refreshment but once wine gets much above 20 °C (68 °F) it loses its precision and starts tasting more like soup. In fact one of the most common faults in more casual bars and restaurants is to store and serve red wine too warm. I often ask for an ice bucket or, in extremis, an ice cube.

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