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Don’t be chicken; try riesling – Chicago Tribune

July 28, 2010

Riesling is one of the most versatile food wines ever created, the pros all agree. You can pour it with everything from Thai green curry chicken to trout in a French mushroom cream sauce. But the American public has largely raised its communal nose at the variety, going instead for chardonnays, sauvignon blancs and pinot [...]

Riesling is one of the most versatile food wines ever created, the pros all agree. You can pour it with everything from Thai green curry chicken to trout in a French mushroom cream sauce. But the American public has largely raised its communal nose at the variety, going instead for chardonnays, sauvignon blancs and pinot grigios.

2007 Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard, Columbia Valley: This biodynamic wine was a winner on its own and paired with chicken. The nose is like tropical flowers plushed with mango. The flavor is lively, with notes of pear and apple. Subtle honey accent is balanced by good acidity. The food-wine pairing is energetic; each is enhanced. ✭✭✭ $19

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Wines of the World: Noble Riesling has a renaissance – Fort Worth Business Press

July 15, 2010

At Pacific Rim in Washington’s Columbia Valley, Riesling rules. Ninety percent of their 150,000 annual case production is Riesling. Smart marketing has built a campaign with three Rieslings to cover the market with at least one for everyone’s taste. And they are all $10 a bottle! For a gathering, buy all three. [...]

At Pacific Rim in Washington’s Columbia Valley, Riesling rules. Ninety percent of their 150,000 annual case production is Riesling. Smart marketing has built a campaign with three Rieslings to cover the market with at least one for everyone’s taste. And they are all $10 a bottle! For a gathering, buy all three. We can guarantee that there will be something to please everyone.

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Chenin blanc: An affordable white that goes well with food – Oregonian

June 15, 2010

It’s unfortunate but true: Ask a member of the wine trade and an everyday consumer to write down their three favorite wine styles, and you’re guaranteed to get two different lists.
When it comes to whites, your average shopper is liable to toss a bottle of chardonnay, pinot gris (aka grigio) or sauvignon blanc in her [...]

It’s unfortunate but true: Ask a member of the wine trade and an everyday consumer to write down their three favorite wine styles, and you’re guaranteed to get two different lists.

When it comes to whites, your average shopper is liable to toss a bottle of chardonnay, pinot gris (aka grigio) or sauvignon blanc in her shopping cart. A sommelier is more likely to stock up on riesling, Champagne and chenin blanc.

Chenin blanc, however, remains elusive to the average consumer. Which is a crying shame. I recently sat down and blind-tasted 12 chenin blancs from all over the world, ranging in price from $10 to $20, and wondered, as I often do, why this white isn’t on more people’s dinner tables every night of the week.

Chenin blanc: An affordable white that goes well with food

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New scale rates riesling from dry to really sweet – The Seattle Times

May 3, 2010

PACIFIC NORTHWEST wineries are often credited with being pioneers, for proving that good grapes could be grown, and good wines made, in places once thought inhospitable. But their more important pioneering achievements extend well beyond the exploration of Oregon hills and Washington deserts. They cut to the very core of American winemaking — past, present [...]

PACIFIC NORTHWEST wineries are often credited with being pioneers, for proving that good grapes could be grown, and good wines made, in places once thought inhospitable. But their more important pioneering achievements extend well beyond the exploration of Oregon hills and Washington deserts. They cut to the very core of American winemaking — past, present and future.

New scale rates riesling from dry to really sweet

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Riesling Rules at Pacific Rim – WinePeeps.com

April 26, 2010

Pacific Rim is not shy about its dedication to Riesling. The winery’s website address is RieslingRules.com. They are not only committed to producing exceptional Riesling but also to educating wine consumers about the variety. A section of their website, called Crush Pad, claims to be “the ultimate Riesling resource.” They have written a book called [...]

Pacific Rim is not shy about its dedication to Riesling. The winery’s website address is RieslingRules.com. They are not only committed to producing exceptional Riesling but also to educating wine consumers about the variety. A section of their website, called Crush Pad, claims to be “the ultimate Riesling resource.” They have written a book called Riesling Rules (surprise!) that is available online (a free hard copy available upon request). With its Fourth Edition due out this spring, Riesling Rules covers just about everything you could possibly want to know about the variety.

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These Rieslings are surprisingly dry – stltoday.com

April 14, 2010

The Pacific Rim is a totally different style than the Jacob’s Creek, but still a dry wine. It’s much more complex, full and juicy compared with the leaner Jacob’s Creek. The Pacific Rim has a lovely fresh floral aroma and it tastes of peaches and other stone fruit. This is a delicious, bright, crisp and [...]

The Pacific Rim is a totally different style than the Jacob’s Creek, but still a dry wine. It’s much more complex, full and juicy compared with the leaner Jacob’s Creek. The Pacific Rim has a lovely fresh floral aroma and it tastes of peaches and other stone fruit. This is a delicious, bright, crisp and refreshing wine that ends with a long finish with hints of citrus.

This would be a great pair with sushi, spicy Asian cuisine and other light fare.

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Wineries join green revolution – The Times – Tribune

April 14, 2010

In a lightweight, small carbon footprint glass bottle, Pacific Rim 2007 Riesling is made from organically grown grapes. This wine has a floral nose full of apricot and honey with juicy peach and honeydew notes and a lemon-lime finish. It is tasty, well-made and likeable, but I found it “fat” – semi-sweet, low-alcohol, low-acid. New [...]

In a lightweight, small carbon footprint glass bottle, Pacific Rim 2007 Riesling is made from organically grown grapes. This wine has a floral nose full of apricot and honey with juicy peach and honeydew notes and a lemon-lime finish. It is tasty, well-made and likeable, but I found it “fat” – semi-sweet, low-alcohol, low-acid. New wine drinkers will love it.

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Woehler on Wine: Top Northwest Rieslings – tricityherald.com

March 18, 2010

Riesling has been called the wine for all occasions, and luckily, there’s plenty available in Washington.
It’s one of the most versatile white wine grapes and can be made in styles to fit almost any mood or occasion and to match a wide range of foods.
You can find a good one for under $6 a [...]

Riesling has been called the wine for all occasions, and luckily, there’s plenty available in Washington.

It’s one of the most versatile white wine grapes and can be made in styles to fit almost any mood or occasion and to match a wide range of foods.

You can find a good one for under $6 a bottle retail, and it is often the lowest-cost wine on restaurant wine lists.

Rieslings are versatile because they come in all measures of sweetness — from bone dry to syrupy sweet. The most popular seems to be off dry, with about 2 to 3.6 percent residual sugar.

Nat’s Decants, www.nataliemaclean.com says wine and food matches for Riesling include Muenster cheese, spicy chicken wings, mild coconut curry, many Mexican dishes, Hawaiian pizza, poached salmon, the turkey holiday dinner and Greek salad.

Here are a few of the better ones now on the market:

Pacific Rim 2007 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10 — This offers great balance and flavors, like taking a bite of apple crisp with a peach on top.

Woehler on Wine: Top Northwest Rieslings

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pacific rim: putting the wow in kung pao – paulgregutt.com

March 16, 2010

A visit to the Pacific Rim winery, an industrial box on the dusty outskirts of Richland, Washington, is always enlightening. The creative brain of Randall Grahm, the business and marketing savvy of Nicolas Quillé, the dedication to immaculate winemaking with a focus on Washington riesling, all make this an exceptional project. But there is always [...]

A visit to the Pacific Rim winery, an industrial box on the dusty outskirts of Richland, Washington, is always enlightening. The creative brain of Randall Grahm, the business and marketing savvy of Nicolas Quillé, the dedication to immaculate winemaking with a focus on Washington riesling, all make this an exceptional project. But there is always more going on than just great winemaking, though there is plenty of that.

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Riesling: getting past the ‘sweet’ thing – Vint-ed: A wine critic’s sips and swirls, by Edward Deitch

March 15, 2010

No doubt, Riesling is still the most misunderstood white wine. It’s also probably the most versatile, as I was reminded the other night at a dinner featuring the wines of Pacific Rim in Washington state.
Riesling: getting past the ‘sweet’ thing

No doubt, Riesling is still the most misunderstood white wine. It’s also probably the most versatile, as I was reminded the other night at a dinner featuring the wines of Pacific Rim in Washington state.

Riesling: getting past the ‘sweet’ thing

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Riesling: How Sweet it Is – The Wine Economist

February 17, 2010

There is no doubt about it: Riesling is one of the world’s great wines. I think my students were slightly stunned by the eight Riesling wines (ranging from very dry to an ice wine) that they sampled at a recent tasting I organized for them.
The Wine Economist

There is no doubt about it: Riesling is one of the world’s great wines. I think my students were slightly stunned by the eight Riesling wines (ranging from very dry to an ice wine) that they sampled at a recent tasting I organized for them.

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Washington Wine Grapes: Riesling – PaulGregutt.com

February 8, 2010

Icon: Pacific Rim 2008 Organic Riesling; $14. Also from organic grapes, this is also off-dry, the sweetness perfectly proportionate to the acid, with refined flavors of honey, jasmine and tea. The classy label shows a raised etching of a grapevine with the soil cut away, revealing a trailing root system.
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Icon: Pacific Rim 2008 Organic Riesling; $14. Also from organic grapes, this is also off-dry, the sweetness perfectly proportionate to the acid, with refined flavors of honey, jasmine and tea. The classy label shows a raised etching of a grapevine with the soil cut away, revealing a trailing root system.

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Candy is dandy, but wine is divine – ValleyRecord.com

January 26, 2010

Pacific Rim Wines (formerly part of Bonny Doon) makes a wonderful dessert wine from raspberries called Framboise. This wine can be used for a multitude of delicious purposes, not all dessert oriented. Try a reduction of basalmic vinegar and Framboise over pork chops. Or, add a splash to your basic olive oil and vinegar salad [...]

Pacific Rim Wines (formerly part of Bonny Doon) makes a wonderful dessert wine from raspberries called Framboise. This wine can be used for a multitude of delicious purposes, not all dessert oriented. Try a reduction of basalmic vinegar and Framboise over pork chops. Or, add a splash to your basic olive oil and vinegar salad dressing.

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Woehler on Wines: Wine Press Northwest Platinums – tricityherald.com

January 14, 2010

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2008 Framboise, Washington, $14 –A dandy dessert wine that compares to drinking a lighter-style raspberry liqueur.
Woehler on Wines: Wine Press Northwest Platinums

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2008 Framboise, Washington, $14 –A dandy dessert wine that compares to drinking a lighter-style raspberry liqueur.

Woehler on Wines: Wine Press Northwest Platinums

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AVA-licious – Tidings Canada

January 8, 2010

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2006…Minerally, distinctive floral aromas. Obvious finesse in the acidity and the clean, crisp flavours. The finish is long and perfectly dry.
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Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2006…Minerally, distinctive floral aromas. Obvious finesse in the acidity and the clean, crisp flavours. The finish is long and perfectly dry.

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International Riesling Challenge 2009 – Australian Wine Review

January 2, 2010

Pacific Rim Selenium Vineyard Vin de Glaciere Washington Riesling 2007
Bronze Medal. Stinky and heavy nose but with a really clean and limey, acid driven palate. Unusual and very fresh considering the absolute sweetness on offer. Drink 2009-2017+.
Australian Wine Review

Pacific Rim Selenium Vineyard Vin de Glaciere Washington Riesling 2007
Bronze Medal. Stinky and heavy nose but with a really clean and limey, acid driven palate. Unusual and very fresh considering the absolute sweetness on offer. Drink 2009-2017+.

Australian Wine Review

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Bubbly – A wine critic’s sips and swirls, by Edward Deitch

December 30, 2009

Also from Washington, Pacific Rim’s “White Flowers” Brut Sparkling Riesling, $14, is tangy and tart with white peach, lemon and lime notes. A natural pairing with shellfish and even caviar.
Vint-ed.com

Also from Washington, Pacific Rim’s “White Flowers” Brut Sparkling Riesling, $14, is tangy and tart with white peach, lemon and lime notes. A natural pairing with shellfish and even caviar.

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Today’s Recommended Wine – Detroit News

December 27, 2009

Pacific Rim, Non-vintage White Flowers Sparkling Riesling Washington, $16
Pacific Rim focuses on Riesling — in its purest form. From biodynamic to this sparkling value wine, just $14, that is knock-your-socks-off delicious, especially for the holidays. At this price, it is most likely produced by the Charmat process, which is just fine. It’s like a princess [...]

Pacific Rim, Non-vintage White Flowers Sparkling Riesling Washington, $16

Pacific Rim focuses on Riesling — in its purest form. From biodynamic to this sparkling value wine, just $14, that is knock-your-socks-off delicious, especially for the holidays. At this price, it is most likely produced by the Charmat process, which is just fine. It’s like a princess all dressed up to dance: bubbly, bright apple-pear fruit, deceivingly dry, and oh yes, floral! On the midpalate and finish, there is crisp acidity and minerality to liven things up. It’s delicate. And it’s the perfect bubbly for the holidays.

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Corkheads: A World of Bubbles Under $40 – The Oakland Tribune

December 23, 2009

Personally, I’m thrilled to welcome the new year with the sparkling version of my favorite grape: riesling. Washington producer Pacific Rim makes some of my favorite still rieslings, and they have a new, beautifully floral and dry sparkling version that has the texture and acidity to stand up to anything. Even gobs of crab.
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Personally, I’m thrilled to welcome the new year with the sparkling version of my favorite grape: riesling. Washington producer Pacific Rim makes some of my favorite still rieslings, and they have a new, beautifully floral and dry sparkling version that has the texture and acidity to stand up to anything. Even gobs of crab.

The Oakland Tribune

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Woehler on Wine: Tri-Cities Wine Festival standouts – Tri-Cities Herald

December 10, 2009

Pacific Rim Winemakers, 2008 Gewürztraminer, Washington/ Oregon, $10 — Steven Sealock and Nicolas Quille continue to roll out delicious wines from their West Richland winery, including this one. It offers notes of mandarin orange, sweetened yellow grapefruit, apple cider and candy corn.

Woehler on Wine: Tri-Cities Wine Festival standouts

Pacific Rim Winemakers, 2008 Gewürztraminer, Washington/ Oregon, $10 — Steven Sealock and Nicolas Quille continue to roll out delicious wines from their West Richland winery, including this one. It offers notes of mandarin orange, sweetened yellow grapefruit, apple cider and candy corn.

Woehler on Wine: Tri-Cities Wine Festival standouts

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Paulg’s Top 100 – Paulg’s Blog: Unfined & Unfiltered

November 20, 2009

Pacific Rim’s Organic Riesling in Paul Gregutt’s top 100 wines of 2009.

Pacific Rim’s Organic Riesling in Paul Gregutt’s top 100 wines of 2009.

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Pacific Rim – 2007 Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley (Wine) – NeuFuture Magazine

November 10, 2009

We here at the NeuFutur HQ have had some great Rieslings and similar varietals in the last few months, but I feel that the ’07 Chenin Blanc taken from the Columbia Valley vineyard may just be one of the best we’ve had.
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We here at the NeuFutur HQ have had some great Rieslings and similar varietals in the last few months, but I feel that the ’07 Chenin Blanc taken from the Columbia Valley vineyard may just be one of the best we’ve had.

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Top 100 Best Buys of 2009 – Wine Enthusiast

November 1, 2009

#3
92 Pacific Rim 2008 Organic Riesing (Columbia Valley (WA); $14. Made with organic grapes, this hits just 10.5% alcohol and 3.8% residual sugar. Honey, jasmine and tea notes take the off-dry style to a refined level, with the sweetness perfectly proportionate to the acid.

Top 100 Best Buys of 2009 – Wine Enthusiast

#3
92 Pacific Rim 2008 Organic Riesing (Columbia Valley (WA); $14. Made with organic grapes, this hits just 10.5% alcohol and 3.8% residual sugar. Honey, jasmine and tea notes take the off-dry style to a refined level, with the sweetness perfectly proportionate to the acid.

Top 100 Best Buys of 2009 – Wine Enthusiast

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Riesling Indeed Does Rule – Paul Gregutt

October 28, 2009

Nicolas Quillé, winemaker and general manager for Pacific Rim, the (almost) all riesling project headquartered in the Columbia valley, posted up some new stats from Nielsen on his Facebook page.
Paul G’s Blog: Unfined & Unfiltered
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Nicolas Quillé, winemaker and general manager for Pacific Rim, the (almost) all riesling project headquartered in the Columbia valley, posted up some new stats from Nielsen on his Facebook page.

Paul G’s Blog: Unfined & Unfiltered

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Woehler on Wines: Pacific Rim Winery – Tri-City Herald

October 22, 2009

All things riesling drives West Richland’s Pacific Rim Winery. Dry riesling, organic riesling, sweet riesling, dessert riesling and even sparkling riesling are part of the lineup of this winery on Port of Benton property at Red Mountain.
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All things riesling drives West Richland’s Pacific Rim Winery. Dry riesling, organic riesling, sweet riesling, dessert riesling and even sparkling riesling are part of the lineup of this winery on Port of Benton property at Red Mountain.

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