A thrilling Riesling at any price, the 2009 Brooks Riesling shows the potential of Riesling in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Beautifully aromatic, this $18 Riesling is dry, not sweet, and exhibits balance and finesse. The grapes come from three sustainably farmed vineyards in the valley's Eolo-Amity Hills.
Open a bottle to drink with a cheese plate. Brooks Riesling is a natural with Asian foods, especially with sushi and noodle dishes. But it works well, too, with seafood salads, spaghetti with clams or shrimp, and with a simple grilled fish.
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Price: About $18
Style: Dry, balanced
What it goes with: Asian food, grilled fish, seafood salads and pasta dishes, cheese
Where to find it: DomaineLA in Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, Silver Lake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731.