Reliable Riesling – 2019 Willamette Valley Vineyards



It’s misunderstood, under valued and under distributed. 

All Rieslings are sweet, right? 


Riesling can be bone dry.

Riesling is just a cheap-and-cheerful white.   

Not so.

The elixir of German monarchy for centuries, 

top-quality Riesling is highly coveted. 

It can mature and improve in the bottle for 100 years or more. 

And while Riesling has a robust retail presence globally,

on most U.S. shelves, it barely shows up.

Basic RGB

It’s Wine Thursday! 

Each week, we highlight a good wine

at a good price that’s easy to find.   

This Thursday, we’re focusing on a Riesling

that shoots down some of those Riesling myths.




Willamette Valley Vineyards

is tucked in the hills just south of the state capital.   

As with many other Oregon so-called “cool climate” producers,

WVV’s mainstays are, predictably, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 

But their Riesling should not be overlooked. 


As with most young Rieslings, the 2019

is very much on the fruity side. 

Apple, peach and pear flavors are at the forefront.

But the sweetness is balanced with robust acidity

and a good dose of minerality.   

Served well chilled, this Riesling is hard to resist.

Wondering what wine to pair with a spicy Thai meal? 

This is it.   


Willamette Valley Vineyard’s 2019 Riesling is easy to find

and a very good bargain. 

Total Wine carries it for $9.89.

The price at Costco is $10.49.  It’s at Fred Meyer for $11.99. 

Other retail doors:  Safeway – $12.49.  QFC – $13.99.  Target – $12.49.

You can order it from Empire Wine for $12.49

Napa Cabs has it for $12.99

Or you can order it from the winery

where they’ve just lowered the price to $10.50