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Gainey Vineyard Limited Selection Riesling, Santa Ynez Valley, USA

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Wine Notes

Grape Variety

Riesling is a light-skinned, aromatic grape of German origin which is – if the majority of top wine critics are to be believed – the world's finest white-wine grape variety.

For many, the claim above may seem at odds with the sea of chaptalized, low-quality wine exported from Germany in the late 20th Century. In truth, very little of that infamous wine was Riesling at all (Riesling became a scapegoat for higher-yielding grapes such as Muller-Thurgau and Silvaner), but the reputation has nonetheless stuck. No less unshakeable a stereotype is of Riesling as just a sweet grape, used only to make sticky wines. Although founded on a basic truth (botrytized Rieslings are among the finest sweet wines in the world), this stereotype blindly ignores the fact that ...more


Region
  • The Santa Ynez Valley AVA is the largest wine sub-region of Santa Barbara County and has the highest concentration of vineyards. The diverse climate of the area means that a wide range of wines are produced here, most notably from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.

    The AVA fills a wide, east-west-oriented valley along the course of the Santa Ynez River in Santa Barbara County, stretching from the Santa Rita Hills AVA and the Purisima Hills in the west to Lake Cachuma in the east. The area is bordered in the north by the San Rafael mountains, and the Santa Ynez mountains make up the southern part of th ...more

  • The Central Coast AVA in California covers the long stretch of coastline from San Francisco Bay south to Santa Barbara, and reaches inland from the Pacific Ocean to the borders of the Central Valley. The climate and topography vary enormously across this immense region, making it impossible to generalize about win...more


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