The Right Bottle for the Right Occasion: Top 5 Picks from a Water Sommelier


For Martin Riese, still or sparkling is just the beginning: Certified as a water sommelier by the German Mineral Water Trade Association, Riese recently created a water menu for Ray's & Stark Bar in Los Angeles. "Water is not just water," says Riese, whose 45-page menu features 20 different bottles from ten different countries.

The menu created a splash when it first launched this summer, and Riese says diners appreciate the idea. We asked Riese, who approaches H20 with the same passion and attention to detail you'd see from a wine lover, to choose the right bottle of water for every occasion.

After a workout
"Gerolsteiner from Germany has a high mineral content and a good amount of carbon dioxide, which makes for big, refreshing bubbles."

Keep at your desk
"Badoit from France is easy to drink because it has very tiny bubbles and a good amount of minerals to keep you energized at throughout the day. Plus, the magnesium content helps you relax and concentrate."

In place of a cocktail
"Vichy Catalan from Spain has a unique taste thanks to the total dissolved solids, or TDS, which means it has a high mineral content, so it's great to drink on its own." You can also use it to give a simple cocktail a more complex taste. Combine with a clear liquor and a splash of fresh fruit juice, suggests Riese.

Pair with vegetables
"Iskilde from Denmark is a great water for a vegetarian mushroom dish because it has earthy taste notes. Beverly Hills 90H20 is the perfect pairing for a seasonal salad because it will cut through the acidity of a vinaigrette dressing and help balance out the flavors."

Keep by your bed
"Fiji water is refreshing but has a very smooth taste with good TDS to supply your body with some minerals first thing when you wake up. Try a cold glass before you drink coffee—the cold helps soothe the stomach so you don't react to caffeine."

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