Earlier this summer I met some friends at Scale House Brewery in Hector to have some drinks and watch the local rock band PA Line blow the doors off the place. As usual, I ran into some customers from Lakewood Vineyards where I work in the tasting room. They were sitting front and center, beers in hand, totally gone to the sounds. They offered to buy me a beer. I took them up on a riesling. It’s not that I don’t drink beer. As a sommelier, sometimes people assume I only drink wine, but it was a muggy night, and I was craving something light and refreshing. Chilled riesling is perfect. That you can find a good glass at almost any bar in the Finger Lakes is something I cherish. It shows a reverence to the grape, how tied into the culture it is. Sometimes I’ll just order a Riesling and see what style they bring me. From bone-dry to sweet, I can drink any style of riesling. It’s fun to see what restaurants are carrying. On a hot night, I can’t be too picky. Even the sweeter styles are lifted and bright.