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Riesling on the Rise in the U.S According to USA Today

Riesling is enjoying a renaissance according to USA Today, “the old fashion way”, without the help of a blockbuster movie like ‘Sideways’ to boost sales. An article in USA Today on Friday, ‘Riesling would like your attention, please’, states that Riesling has become the fastest-growing white wine in terms of sales mainly due to level of investments of wineries and the affordability of the wines.

This is exactly what I discovered with the Chateau St. Michelle (see review, In Review: 2007 Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling – A White Wine Bargain) one of the Rieslings they include in their wine list.

Washington state is the center of production for the varietal followed by California, New York and Oregon.

One of the myths that inhibited Riesling sales in the past was the perception it was always sweet and simple. In reality it can be found in many different styles, and is adding some excitement to the wine industry.

[USA Today Article archive link]

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Clinton Stark
Clint is based in San Francisco and has produced videos for Stark Insider since 2006. Film projects recently completed include short MORADO shot in the Baja, doc THE ART OF HALL WINES in Napa, and music video WRONG'S WHAT I DO BEST at the San Francisco Art Institute. He regularly writes about Canon DSLR and filmmaking. His Broadway features have garnered praise, including SHREK UNMASKED which is the most viewed BTS video for the musical on YouTube. In addition he's worked with DreamWorks, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. Interview highlights include James Franco, Gia Coppola, Colbie Caillat, Vincent Kartheiser, Dana Carvey, and Dany Boyle. Clint is a member of ATCA and covers the SF theater scene. He also writes about Napa and wine, and Silicon Valley news and trends. More: Clint's story...
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