Introducing Angove's Award-Winning Clare Valley Riesling: Australian Rieslings Key to Remarkable 23% Rise in U.S. Sales

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Riesling is so hot these days, it's become cool again -- not just in traditional homelands like Germany and Austria, but throughout the New World. For years, Riesling has been much beloved by wine connoisseurs and writers and widely ignored in the marketplace, but now all that has changed: According to Nielsen reports, Riesling sales in the U.S. were up 23 percent last year in supermarkets alone, adding up to $120 million -- not even counting tasting room and specialty wine shop sales. With this in mind we are pleased to introduce an exemplary entry into this up-and-coming category, the 2006 Angove's Vineyard Select Riesling from Australia.

Riesling is so hot these days, it's become cool again -- not just in traditional homelands like Germany and Austria, but throughout the New World. For years, Riesling has been much beloved by wine connoisseurs and writers and widely ignored in the marketplace, but now all that has changed: According to Nielsen reports, Riesling sales in the U.S. were up 23 percent last year in supermarkets alone, adding up to $120 million -- not even counting tasting room and specialty wine shop sales. With this in mind we are pleased to introduce an exemplary entry into this up-and-coming category, the 2006 Angove's Vineyard Select Riesling from Australia.

Australian Riesling has been a major factor in this resurgence, enjoying by far the biggest percentage jump (65 percent) of any Riesling growing area in the U.S. market. Within Australia the Clare Valley, just north of Adelaide in South Australia, has long been known as a prime growing area for this compelling grape, a consistent source of wines that demonstrate Riesling's unique combination of delicacy and power.

The 2006 from Angove's is among the best of the Clare Valley's best, recognized with a rare gold medal at the Clare wine show. This benchmark vintage -- the first from Angove's to reach the U.S. market -- comes from one of Australia's leading and oldest family-owned wineries, established in 1886 and recently crowned 'Winery of the Year' by acclaimed wine critic Peter Forrestal in his annual Quaff wine guide for 2008.

Dry in style, bathed in vibrant acidity, steely and structured, bursting with citrus flavors, this crystal-clean Riesling has the character to take its place on the global Riesling stage. "You can drink it tonight," says winemaker Tony Ingle, "or you can cellar it for a decade."

Wine drinkers and wine industry professionals alike know the impact Australian Shiraz has had on the U.S. market in the past decade. Clare Riesling may just prove to be the next wave, and this entry from Angove's makes a strong case.

Angove's Vineyard Select Riesling is imported by Trinchero Family Estates and will be available in top wine shops and restaurants nationally with a suggested retail price of $17.99.

Angove's Winery (http://www.angoves.com), one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries established in 1886 by Dr. William Thomas Angove, excels at crafting premium-quality wines by combining the time-honored winemaking methods of its forbearers with today's cutting-edge technology and innovative packaging. Located in southern Australia, Angove's award-winning wines appeal to oenophiles worldwide with a premium range offered in the U.S., including Vineyard Select, Nine Vines and Red Belly Black. Trinchero Family Estates is the U.S. importer of Angove's.

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