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Is Riesling really going to set the world alight? For the last few years - several years in fact - it seems that every wine commentator receives the baton to hail the return of Riesling to glorious popularity. Whether it is the lime-streaked versions from Australia or the estate wines of Germany (such as those highlighted in the Telegraph's piece Life Beyond Liebframilch) Riesling has forever been on the cusp of revival. Not that convinced myself. Never been a great fan of the grape really - although two stunning Austrian versions I sampled last Saturday (at the latest Ultimate Wine tasting) really brought home the quality that the grape can produce.

I will write up the wines from the tasting shortly (14 different Austrian wines both red and white) but the two wines that Paula, of Ultimate Wines, highlighted were incredibly food-friendly - perhaps fitting in with the food I eat better than the off-dry/medium German styles of Riesling I have sampled in the past. Versions from Australia - have been a little disappointing, simplistic, generally except perhaps the Knappstein - although this was helped again by the food served with it.

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I'm a big fan of Australian Riesling at the moment. Since it is so out of fashion, I find that a carefully selected bottle offers an excellent QPR. Some do need some extended time in the cellar to show their best though, and can be a bit tight and acidic when young.

My favourite Rieslings at the moment are (prices are in AU dollars).

Seppelt Drumborg ($20)
Petaluma Hanlin Hill ($20)
Leo Buring "Leonay" ($25)
Grosset Polish Hill ($45)
Clonakilla ($25)
Jacob's Creek/Orlando Steingarten '02 ($20)

We drank a few bottles of the Eldertons Barossa Valley Reisling 2002 this past week. It's very good.

Ooops. I meant Eden Valley Riesling.

Cam - thanks for the list of wines to look out for. Sadly I dont think many of these are available in the UK but I will keep an eye out.

Barbara - was it any good though? Did you enjoy it?

Loved it. Subtle lemon/lime aromas, long legs and smooth as. Lingering aftertaste made me long for another glass. Had it with some smoked marlin. Today we opened a Browns of Padthaway Riesling 2001 to check how good that was with the marlin...almost as good.