2007 Gainey Riesling Limited Selection Santa Ynez Valley
I love Thai food and eat it more often of late since I developed a gluten intolerance. Riesling and Thai , as well as other Asian cuisines pair admirably with one another. Although, I was curious about this pairing, an off-dry Riesling eaten with spicy Asian food.
Riesling are wonderful wines and a favorite of many a sommelier. However, I do not enjoy drinking sweet Rieslings without food. As soon as I take my last bite, I’m done with the bottle, regardless if it’s empty or not. But an off-dry is another situation altogether. That’s what made this bottle so alluring.
Gainey Vineyards, one of my favorite Santa Barbara County wineries makes an awesome expression of a Riesling. The wine was very aromatic, giving off citrus and honeysuckle scents. It had a lovely honey color a rich, buttery taste. The taste was the kind that lingers on your palette long after the sip is finished. I also got grapefruit and a slight perception of sweetness that presented as honey.
I purchased this wine in July of 2009 on my annual Santa Barbara glamping trip. I’ve visited the Gainey winery on three separate occasions. The tasting room is well adorned and there are ample opportunities to purchase wine-related souvenirs. The tasting room staff were friendly, knowledgeable and even offered a free bottle water to our Designated Driver, which of course wasn’t me.
I’m impressed this Riesling aged as nicely as it did. I think that speaks to the care Gainey takes the vineyard, as well as to the stellar wine-making techniques.
Gainey Vineyard is located near the intersection of highways 246 & 154 so it can be your first or second stop on a tour of the Santa Ynez Valley. The tasting fee is very reasonable at $10, which includes a free souvenir glass.