The Somm Set by Benchmark Wine Group

Paul Grieco

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This week from Paul Grieco:

People of America.

I salute all of you with a mighty glass of German Riesling.

However, I must question my personal obsession with this varietal and its myriad expressions from its German homeland…

- Why do I gravitate to the illustrious balance of these German Rieslings when the rest of my life is completely unbalanced?

- Why do I revel in the multiplicity of styles of German Riesling when all I demand in the rest of my life is simplicity?

- Why am I entranced by the German ideals of precision in everything they do when I can barely balance my checkbook?

- Why am I enthralled by the cascading and varied degrees of yumminess in these German Rieslings when all I do at my own dinner table is drown every dish with a bucket of homemade Sriracha?

- Why do I drift off into a time-machine of ecstasy when I encounter older bottles of German Riesling when all I demand of other wines are new, new, new?

Uhmmmmmmmmmmm, I will have another sip of German Riesling and re-set the brain / the soul / the belly. Yes, I do obsess over German Riesling because…

- It is eminently balanced

- It can be expressed in a multitude of styles

- It gives a precise and absolute view into the terroir in which it is raised

- It is as yummy as a kiss from the old gods and the new gods

- It can live forever

So, People of America and friends of Benchmark Wine Group, walk not to your keypads but beat an incisive path and order these wines immediately… because I am thirsty, and there is only one wine to satiate that thirst: GERMAN RIESLING.

Big cheers.

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