The incredibly successful Summer of Riesling celebration runs from June 21 (summer solstice) to September 22--a three-month toast to the world's most noble and versatile white wine. In 32 states and a few foreign countries, more than 335 hispster wine bars and top restaurants will be featuring Rieslings by the glass as well as bottle.
Created in 2008 by Manhattan restaurateur and Riesling afficianado Paul Grieco, who that year limited white wine selections in his Terroir Wine Bar to Riesling (30 by the glass and 100 by the bottle), the celebration has grown each year since then. In 2011, with financial support from the International Riesling Foundation, the promotion went national; this year, again with IRF support, it's even bigger--and international.
The 32 states range from Alaska to Florida and California to New York (with the most participants--66), and include some of the top wine bars restaurants in the country, along with several top retailers. Restaurants in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom are also participating in the first international edition of the Riesling revolution. A listing of current participants, along with more information, is available at www.summerofriesling.com.
Summer of Riesling creator Paul Grieco will officially kick off the 2012 version at 12:01 am (midnight) Wednesday morning with a couple roasted pigs and struedel at Hearth Restaurant and wine dinners at all his restaurants, accompanied by a wide range of Rieslings and Riesling lovers on hand to share the festivities.
The International Riesling Foundation was created to promote Riesling as the world's most noble, versatile, and food-friendly white wine, and includes a prestigious Board of Directors from the world's top regions and producers. www.drinkriesling.com.