Beloved by wine wonks, Riesling still sneaks under most drinkers’ radars. Start in Niagara, which produces some of the best in the world.
Vineland Semi-Dry Riesling 2012, $13.95
This consistently delicious white clocks in at only 9.3 per cent alcohol, making it the perfect pour at lunch. Try with a croque monsieur.
Ponce notes: On the lighter and drier side, this is a good gateway Riesling, with pear and zesty grapefruit flavours that give way to a crisp, citrusy finish.
Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2012, $16.95
From Vintages, this bottle is named after the sheep that help prune the vineyard. Open with spicy Chinese take-out.
Ponce notes: A quick swirl reveals a bakeshop bouquet of apples, cinnamon, and honey. There’s great sweet-and-sour tension here with a clean, refreshing finish.
Flat Rock Nadja’s Vineyard Riesling 2012, $19.95
Also at Vintages, this wine comes from a 2.5-acre block at the southernmost point of Flat Rock. Pair with ceviche.
Ponce notes: Scents of lemon zest and wet stone hint at good things to come. Drinking like a top-tier Riesling, it’s dry in style with impeccable balance and mouthwatering acidity.