Name of varietal: Riesling

Common synonyms: Rhineriesling, Johannisberger, Gentile Aromatique, Hochheimer, Rizling, Rheinriesling, Rieslinger, Reynai, White Riesling
Parentage of the grape: likely indigenous to Germany
History of the grape: As with many varietals, exact details of Riesling’s origins are unclear. It is known that in 14th century Germany, attention shifted to white grape cultivation when it was obvious that red grapes weren’t up to snuff compared to those with more color and structure from neighboring countries. The first written mention of Riesling is dated March 13, 1435 when Count Katzenelnbogen at Russelsheim bought six vines of Riesling from Klaus Kleinfish for 22 soldi. From this point, there is written evidence throughout the 15th century of various sales and plantings around Germany as well as Austria and Alsace. The meticulous German artist Hieronymus Bosch makes a mention of it in his book on herbs, published in 1577, using the modern spelling Read more »

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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling Dry 2016


    is indeed dry, and a smidgen tart although one could say it is crisp. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Karthäuserhof Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Großes Gewächs 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Weinland Königsbach Neustadt Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Pfalz 2016


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  • Familie Steffen Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Auslese 2017


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  • Karthauserhofberg Riesling Qualitatswein Feinherb 2011


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  • If you haven't had wines from Romania, you’re missing out. Big time!I ... like it is done with some Rieslings in Germany. The latter is considered to be the one that consistently delivers wines of high quality. The color tends to be golden yellow with some greenish hues. It can be very floral, with tropical flavors and herbs on the nose and pal... Read More

    From the article A Trip through the Wines of Romania

  • Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen Kabinett Rheingau Riesling 2015


    Very nice Riesling; smooth, pleasant and great for a party crowd although I might prefer something a little more dry, this wine will give many accolades for a good choice. ( to the less discriminating) Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Spierhead Riesling 2016


    The 2016 SpierHead Riesling has an inviting bouquet of lychee nut, pear and (especially) green apple with a very light yellow, almost rhubarb wine colour. On the palate, the wine is light-bodied, with good apple-like acidity, a hint of pie spice, lime and petrol with perhaps a dollop of sugar. Clean, pure and mouth-cleansing. 88 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Trimbach Riesling Aoc 2015


    I was very surprised to find that I enjoyed a dry Riesling and that it had a faint hint of sweetness that was disarming but yet faint. this wine being from Alsace showed the distinct difference between this and a German Riesling. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • I left out a half-full bottle of red wine on the kitchen counter overnight. It ... ... Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and more. A to Z’s interpretation of Oregon’s signature varietal, Pinot Noir, interests me most. I think of it as Oregon’s “gateway Pinot Noir”. A to Z wines are $20 or less. Once you get hooked on an accessibly priced Orego... Read More

    From the article Big Brand Wines You Can Trust

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    Comment by 2233922Snoother 2233922 2233922 Snoother 2233922

  • Some more Riesling words and wines if you like: http://www.winewriting.com/2012/06/australia-riesling.html http://www.winewriting.com/2012/04/austria-weingut-sepp-moser.html http://www.winewriting.com/2011/02/darting-estate-riesling-vs-rhone.html http://www.winewriting.com/2011/11/germany-reichsrat-von-buhl-grand-cru.html http://www.winewriting...

    Comment by 274063Richard M James 274063 Richard M James

  • anyone ever try Chateau Ste. Michelle's harvest select reisling

    Comment by 878999joe the wine oh 878999 joe the wine oh

  • This Sunday at the Amsterdam Market in NYC: 30 New York wineries showcase their wines: http://www.newamsterdammarket.org/index_november/12.05_market.html. Nice opportunity to taste some good NY Riesling.

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen

  • I am trying to locate, KRUCK, Riesling 2008

    Comment by 463822Delland 463822 Delland

  • Dear Friends of the Good Grape, if you happen to live in the NYC area, here is a walk for you: http://www.grapesandgrainsnyc.com/2010/07/08/summer-of-riesling-wine-bar-crawl/ Best, Der Kellermeister

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen

  • Try www.wine-searcher.com

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen

  • Where can I find a Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling in the Sacramento area?

    Comment by 215948holliwouldnt 215948 holliwouldnt

  • Westhofener Kirchspiel Auslese Riesling (www.winesforhumanity.com) from Germany. The bouquet of this full-bodied and at the same time graceful. Riesling is characterised by gooseberries and currants, underscored by a distinctive minerality and earthy notes. A selection with a lot of structure and volume. The delicate sweetness and the stable ...

    Comment by 261764mmgalilei 261764 mmgalilei

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