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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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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  • These beauties arrived this week, found them on sale on-line at Benchmark ... Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine.  We visited the Domaine during our Alsace trip in 2016 and to me their wines were far and away the best we sampled all week, and we sampled a lot Read More

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  • Dr Konstantin Frank Semi-Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2016

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    Tropical fruit aromas of melon and pineapple with some green apple and lemon notes as well on the nose - very pleasant. A touch of sweetness greets the palate of this smooth, medium-full bodied wine showing notes of white peach, ripe melon and tart citrus, finishing clean and fresh with a bit of herbal complexity and lime zest. 91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Joseph Händler Riesling 2008

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    I have been buying this Riesling for awhile now at Traders Joe's. They no longer have it, I have been everywhere trying to find it, I always bought a case each time. Does anyone know where else you can find it? Read More

    Wine review by dennisktexas


  • Enjoying Turkey Day leftovers with some Bedrock Riesling and Liquid Farm Chardonnay, both of which I would highly recommend. Read More

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  • But then again 2012 and 2014 are hardly all that much 'older vintage's ... ... Burgundy, Mosel or Rhein riesling, Champage blanc de blancs, Loire chenin blanc, various from the Jura, Sauternes or Tokaji or Madeira, etc., etc. Al??), even if these bottles are of cheap swill served from spigots to fill empty gallon jugs back home in Italy. Thoug... Read More

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  • Italian Wines, for $1 each?Yes. I found them, and they're quite nice! Well, I have to admit that for about a year now, my favorite type of wine is Pinot Grigio. But I have to say, the Soave Classico is what I'm sipping now and it is very SMOOTH. Unbelievable for a buck. This is the Orangevale, California Dollar Tree and they also have a Moscato,... Read More

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  • Covey Run Riesling Washington 2009

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    Love this wonderful riesling, but can't seem to find it in Greenville SC anymore. Read More

    Wine review by LindWood


  • This arrived, today, from Last Bottle's August MarathonTenuta Buon Tempo ... Tempo ... Three Vineyard RieslingMost of the whites will be going to the catsitter--and with much appreciation.Most of the reds will be everyday drinkers.Expecting Apsara tomorro Read More

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  • The red wines of Austria are an underappreciated jewel of the wine world. ... ... (like Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, and Roter Veltliner) but they also make delicious Zweigelt. Diwald Zweigelt Grossriedenthaler Löss Wagram Austria 2015 Stately black cherry and blackberry aromas with perfumed flower aromas and fresh anise seed. Zesty and prickly... Read More

    From the article The Great Red Wines of Austria


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... ... as, the distinctive 2016 Riesling Whole Grape Ferment Orange Wine.  Crafted much like they do their red wines, this extraordinary Riesling was fresh, dry and loaded with complex layers of flavors. Fermented on its skins, it had a brief stay in mature French o... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region is Trending


  • 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


  • 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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