Quick: What’s the fastest growing white wine variety in America?
Chardonnay? Nope. It’s the No. 1 white wine in this country, but its growth rate has been somewhat flat in recent years.
Pinot Grigio? This variety is growing in popularity, but certainly not with lightning speed.
No, the “winner” is Riesling, and it’s easy to understand why: There is no white wine in the world that is more food-friendly than Riesling.
And on the weekend of February 20-21, Riesling and other varietals such as Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Muscat will be celebrated at the 5th annual Alsace Varietals Festival in Boonville, California.
The event is presented by the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association, but the wines to be poured are not restricted to that Mendocino County growing area. Also on hand will be representatives of wineries from Oregon, Washington, Michigan, New Zealand and, yes, the acclaimed Alsace region of France.
The weekend includes a grand tasting event, a winemaker dinner and open houses at local Alsace variety producers.
If you’ve never been to the Anderson Valley, there’s no better time to discover this secluded slice of heaven just inland from the Pacific Ocean.
To learn more, go online to avwines.com, and to buy tickets, call 707-895-WINE.