This is the must have bubbly for tonight!
Yes, this is a Washington State sparkling Riesling. Pacific Rim, a Riesling focused winery, was originally located in California, but is now located in West Richland, Washington about a 10 minute drive from my home. They moved here because the grapes are grown here. Makes sense to me. The grapes used in this sparkler are from their Selenium Vineyard — located north of the Yakima River at an elevation of almost 1000 feet.
Riesling is not a traditional varietal for sparkling wine. You might even expect this wine to be over the top sweet, but it's not. This is a gorgeous, dry, crisp, lovely bubbly wine. It has a fragrant floral nose, which leads to a mouth full of crisp apple flavor and a snappy finish. I've already enjoyed two bottles of this wine in the last week. I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some too.
Although reasonably priced at $16 on their Web site, you may be able to find it for less locally (I certainly did). However you enjoy bringing in the New Year, a bottle of Pacific Rim White Flower Sparkling Riesling would be a great addition.
My suggested pairing is with something spicy; Thai food would be good, or Chinese (spicy grilled shrimp comes to mind, or a lovely chicken curry). How do you celebrate the New Year?
Pacific Rim Winery Web: http://rieslingrules.com/
Happy New Years, Cheers!