Summer is for ice cream, for beach trips and — if you ask wine folks around New York City — for Riesling. Kicked off in 2008 at Terroir in the East Village, Summer of Riesling is a months-long celebration of the grape, involving bars and restaurants across the city and, now, the country (summerofriesling.com). Why Riesling? According to the folks at Terroir because “no other grape can do what the Riesling grape can do.” Young or aged, sweet or acidic or mineral, grown in Germany or Austria or New York, Riesling can take on so many different forms, and summer’s the time to explore them all.
While dozens of NYC establishments are running Riesling specials, the real action is still centered around Terroir and its sister restaurant Hearth. At Terroir, you’ll find that the only whites on the list are Rieslings — hundreds of them. If you want to get more in-depth, there’s Long Night of German Wine (longnightofgermanwines2013.eventbrite.com) at Hearth, on July 25, with rare aged German wines as well as several from newer producers, some never before poured in the States; and a New York State Riesling tasting (eventbrite.com/event/7332113549/eorg) at Terroir, with three sessions over the next week.
If there’s one can’t-miss event, it’s the 31 Days of German Riesling Concert Cruise (sor2013boatcruise.eventbrite.com) on July 23 — a three-hour harbor cruise with three live bands, food and of course endless Riesling. If years past are any indication, the Terroir crew really knows how to throw a party … but you can tell yourself it’s just a little wine education.