The time has come for this year’s World of Riesling tasting at Regional Wines & Spirits at the Basin Reserve in the so-called windy city, Wellington.

This is a tasting I have dreamed of hosting for a long time – Riesling is my desert island wine, but it is also humbling to come full circle and lead tastings in the very room where many lights first went on, for me, where wine is concerned, thanks to the late Grant Jones (founder of Regional Wines & Spirits) and Raymond Chan, who spearheaded the tasting programme there in the early 1990s.

The Riesling list

The following wines are the tip of the world’s (and New Zealand’s) long list of good, very good and outstanding Rieslings and, as a nod to this country’s burgeoning wine production and strong potential with white wines, there is a clear local bias, in terms of wines. There are many other New Zealand wines that I would like to highlight and will be mentioning on the night because they are relatively widely available in this country. Some of these wines include The Doctor’s Riesling from Marlborough, Mt Edward Drumlin Riesling, The Boneline Hellblock Riesling, The Boneline Dry Riesling, Pegasus Bay and Main Divide rieslings, The Escarpment Riesling, Ata Rangi Craighall Riesling, Nga Waka Riesling (arguably New Zealand’s best dry expression of this great grape), and many more.

2014 Spy Valley Riesling Marlborough $23.99

2011 Spy Valley Envoy Riesling Marlborough $32.99

2015 Giesen Marlborough Riesling $16.99

2016 Yealands Single Vineyard Awatere Valley Riesling Marlborough $21.95

2014 Dr Loosen Dry Riesling Germany $22.40

2014 Albert Mann Riesling Alsace AC, France $33.40

2015 Taylors St Andrews Single Vineyard Clare Valley Riesling $44.99

2005 Framingham Dry Riesling Marlborough $26

2011 Egon Muller Scharzhofberg Riesling $39.90

2014 Amisfield Lowburn Terrace Riesling Central Otago $25.65

2012 Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Riesling Central Otago $27.35

2014 Marienberg Clemensbusch Riesling $40

2013 Cluserath Trittenheimer Mosel Spatlese Riesling $41.45

2014 Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling North Canterbury $34.55

The World of Riesling tasting is on Thursday 13 October 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington. Bookings essential at: www.regionalwines.co.nz