These American Rieslings not only are goodvalues but also show the grape's versatility throughout the United States.
SAWTOOTH RIESLING 2012
Great value ** 1/2*
Snake River Valley, $15
Idaho wine: Why not? Sawtooth's wines are excellent, and its Riesling may be the shining star of the lot. ABV: 13 percent
CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE DRY RIESLING 2012
Great value **
Columbia Valley, Wash., $11
When this was priced below $10, I considered it the best white wine value produced in the United States. Even with the price creeping up, it remains a terrific buy. Ernst Loosen's work on the Eroica has resulted in improvements throughout the extensive Ste. Michelle line of Rieslings. ABV: 13 percent.
WASHINGTON HILLS RIESLING 2012
Great value * 1/2
Washington state, $9
This is semi-dry, meaning it shows perceptible sweetness without being really "sweet." It offers classic flavors of peach and apricot, with a soft texture. And it is an excellent value at under $10. ABV: 12 percent.