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Boston's 'Summer of Riesling' heats up.

Posted by Stephen Meuse  July 12, 2011 11:19 AM

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IMG_4066.JPGThe Summer of Riesling began at Terroir Wine Bar in New York's East Village in 2008 when sommelier/owner Paul Grieco decided his by-the-glass program that summer would consist solely of wine made from the riesling grape. He described the risky move as as "a single-minded attempt to get guests to at least try this noble grape."

Since then, under Grieco's leadership and with the participation of the International Riesling Foundation and Wines of Germany, the Summer of Riesling has gone national, and Boston bars and restaurants have jumped onboard in a big way with a season-long agenda of riesling-centric events. Participating spots commit to pouring three rieslings by the glass until the last day of summer.

Upstairs on the Square prince bishop of wine Matt Reiser sent along the following schedule.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Les Zygomates Wine Bar
Austrian riesling Tasting - $30pp
617.542.5108 for info.

Friday, July 15, 2011
South End Formaggio
Riesling and Cheeseling

Monday, July 18, 2011
Ball Square Fine Wines
Global Riesling Fracas (Free tasting)

Friday, July 22, 2011
South End Formaggio
Riesling and Cheeseling

Friday, July 22, 2011
Standing Stone Vineyards, Finger Lakes, NY wine dinner
UpStairs on the Square
617.864.1933 for info.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Terry Theise Wine Dinner

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
UpStairs on the Square Invades Gordon’s Wine School + Food School
Featuring James Beard Award Winning Chef, Susan Regis
And wine director, Matt Reiser

Friday, July 29, 2011
South End Formaggio
Riesling and Cheeseling

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Riesling Rocks
Ryan Jackson Troika Band
9-11pm Upstairs on the Square, free
617.864.1933 for info.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
UpStairs on the Square Sommelier Salute!
A Private Dinner for Rogue4Riesling, Summer of Riesling participants
Price TBD, space is limited. Email for info.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Wine Wednesday’s resume at Rialto with sommelier, Allison Foote
5:30-7pm Rialto Lounge
617.661.5050 for info.

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Rise for Riesling patio party brunch
617.879.9100 for info.

Monday, August 8, 2011
Tap that Keg karaoke at Paradise, Central Square, Cambridge 10pm-1am

File under: Good to go

Ellen Bhang

About By the Glass

Ellen Bhang writes about food and wine and reviews Cheap Eats restaurants for the Globe. Wine is the focus of her degree in the Gastronomy master's program at Boston University. She can be reached at


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