Rockstar Riesling

Thoughts from assistant manager Ben at Laurentide Winery…

“It’s a Riesling with the potential of earning legendary status among worthy white wines.”

 Allie Merrick, Riesling on the River Laurentide 2013 Riesling

Laurentide Riesling 2013

          The first documented evidence of this varietal dates all the way back to March 13th, 1435.  This varietal is commonly associated with Germany due to evidence of it being discovered in Rüsselsheim, Germany.  It is a white grape that begins green, then slowly becomes a darker, more golden shade of yellow when ripe.    This versatile grape can be made both bone-dry and ultra-sweet, and everything in between.

         A staple varietal in the global world of wine, Riesling is planted on three continents and enjoyed by millions of people each year. Northern Michigan is a place where this varietal seems to thrive. In fact, Traverse City, Michigan holds an annual event every year called, “The City of Riesling.”  Its the most common varietal in the region, appearing in ninety-one vineyards, 57 times on the Old Mission Peninsula and 34 on the Leelanau Peninsula. Here at Laurentide, it has become the most prominent varietal on our list with three different wines comprised of 100% Riesling grapes and one blend with these grapes.  Each of the past three vintages of Laurentides’ Dry Riesling have achieved double-gold medals at various international competitions:

– 2011 Dry Riesling which won the Riesling Challenge, Best of Show White, and Double Gold at the International Eastern Wine Competition in 2013.

-The 2012 Dry Riesling, took home another international double-gold medal, this time at the 2013 American Wine Society National Commercial Wine Competition.

-The 2013 Dry Riesling has continued the tradition and then some.  It took another double-gold at the 2014 American Wine Society National Commercial Wine Competition.

         Though this wine is highly decorated, it’s important to note that it is not the awards that defines this wine as a special vintage; it’s the taste. The flavor of the 2013 Dry Riesling is what makes this wine a true rockstar. Those huge notes of apple give the 2013 Dry Riesling a refreshing, pleasant, crisp taste and an even smoother finish.  Having 0.2% residual sugar technically makes it a very dry wine, however the fruit sweet character that is present seems to harness all that ideal Riesling flavor.  It has been my favorite wine to pour to customers because it consistently receives positive reaction from wine drinkers of variable palates. It has an uncanny ability to appeal to sweeter palates while still remaining a favorite for even the driest of palates.  With this crowd-pleasing quality that it has, the 2013 Dry Riesling is an outstanding white dinner wine that can be paired with countless meals from spicy Thai dishes to fresh seafood.


Thank you, Susan and Bill Braymer

Seafood Fondue with Laurentide Dry Riesling


  •  2 c 1/2 & 1/2 OR whole Milk
  • 1 c Water
  • 1 c Laurentide Dry Riesling
  • 1 T Lobster base*
  • 1 1/2 T Cornstarch
  • 4 T Tomato paste
  • 1/4 t Paprika
  • 1/4 t Pimenton**
  • 1/2 t Old Bay seasoning
  • 1-2 c Gruyere
  • 1/2 c Lobster cooked***
  • slices hearty French bread
  1. In soup pot, combine 1st 4 ingredients and bring slowly to boil.
  2. Blend cornstarch in ~2oz cold water 1st and then add to soup pot. Simmer until thickened.
  3. Add tomato paste and spices. Stir and continue a slow simmer~ 5 min.
  4. Shred cheese and slowly add to the bisque.
  5. Remove from heat and blend to fully incorporate the cheese.
  6. Pour into fondue pot OR slow cooker, add chopped seafood and heat slowly.
  7. Enjoy with French bread for dipping and Laurentide Dry Riesling!

Serves: 4- 8 oz servings

  • * Concentrated Lobster base available in specialty food stores.
  • ** Pimenton is smoked paprika. Regular Paprika can suffice.
  • ***Substitute your choice and proportion of seafood. Shrimp, Crab also would be wonderful!