Best Riesling Wines to Try Under $30

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Riesling wines are dynamic, food-favoring wines that continue to gain fans on an international level. There are great variety and expression within this single grape varietal, adding to the interest and versatility of this noble white wine grape. These recommended Rieslings span some of the most well-known Riesling grape growing regions: Germany, Alsace, Washington, and California. German Rieslings tend to be a little lower in alcohol and a sweeter on the palate. Alsatian (from the northeast...MORE corner of France) Rieslings lean towards drier styles with more minerality and crisp acidity. New World Rieslings can be a mix of the two or cater to a style all their own. 

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    The Zind-Humbrecht Riesling from the Alsace region of France is a dynamite wine all the way around. It starts with fresh, sliced pineapple on the nose and moves on to grapefruit in the glass. This is a crisp wine with delicious acidity and a vibrant, full flavor finish.

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    Washington Riesling fans have found a tasty, on trend palate friend in the wallet-wise Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith Wines. Packing tremendous quality and palate appeal into this price point is no small feat.

    Expect layers of peach and citrus, with well-grounded minerality, exuberant acidity and just a smidge of sweet, all working in energetic synergy to make this show-stopping Washington white a perfect partner for Asian-themes (as echoed by consistent headline appearances on P.F....MORE Chang's wine list).  This may be the prime time wine for the holidays, easy going enough to accommodate a spread of appetizers and complex enough to woo staunch red wine fans.

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    An Alsatian Riesling that brings mouth-watering acidity mixed with lively stone and citrus fruit to the table. A fantastic Riesling find for a myriad of challenging pairing options -- consider giving it a go with Asian fusion-inspired fare.

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    This stunning Riesling is a delicious collaboration between America's leading Riesling producer, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Germany's Riesling powerhouse, Dr. Loosen. The result is always a stunning Riesling rendition with ultra ripe Washington-inspired fruit and Old World elegance. The nose highlights lemon lime aroma with a subtle, almost spicy edge. The palate profile yields a rich textured, well-balanced medley of citrus and tropical fruit harnessed with a clean, crisp acidity.