Riesling

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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Riesling on Snooth

  • Boathouse Vineyards Seas the Day 2013

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    Decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Aurora Cellars Dry Dock 2012

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    Nice riesling Read More

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  • Blustone Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling 2012

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    a bit sweet, but decent Read More

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  • Blustone Vineyards Riesling 2013

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    Decent Read More

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  • 45 North Winery Select Harvest Riesling 2012

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    Quite sweet, but enjoyable. Read More

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  • 45 North Semi-Dry Riesling 2012

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    Perfect balance of tart and sweet Read More

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  • 45 North Dry Riesling 2012

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    Quite dry Read More

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  • Silver Leaf Vineyard Riesling 2012

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    a bit sweet, but good. Read More

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  • 2013 Santa Barbara Landing Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2013

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    This wine has minimal fruit and is simple and is priced that way too. Their Riesling is much better. My rating 82. Read More

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  • Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Josephshofer Riesling Kabinett 2011

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    Bright golden color with clear evidence of fizz as it hits the glass. Golden ... A classic low-alcohol German Riesling fit for any and every Sunday Brunch celebratio Read More

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  • 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

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  • 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


  • I live in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY where some of the best rieslings in the world are made, yet I don't see a single NYS riesling in your list.

    Comment by 388545notgibson 388545 notgibson


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