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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  • Sawtooth Estate Riesling Snake River Valley 2014

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    Intriguing baked apple aromas are a touch phenolic and come with notes of tea leaf. Nice acidity and a smooth mouthfeel, with green apple and melon notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sweet Riesling Harvest Select 2014

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    Sweet wet white wine with only the slightest bit of tart / dry in the finish. Agreeable, drinkable and stand alone, though would also pair well with a light dinner or cheese plate. A memorable treat with character that's likely to induce a craving every few months. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Columbia Valley Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2011

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    Sweet wet white wine with only the slightest bit of tart / dry in the finish. Agreeable, drinkable and stand alone, though would also pair well with a light dinner or cheese plate. A memorable treat with character that's likely to induce a craving every few months. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Inexpensive Italian whites always taste a little bitter to me but Collegiata ... just like our Finger Lakes Rieslin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • We all know where most of America will be on Super Bowl Sunday, watching the ... ... with a crisp Prosecco or Riesling. Sweet Red Bell Pepper BitesMakes 12 3 large sweet red bell peppers 1/2 pound Genoa salame, diced14 cup chopped oil cured olives3 tablespoons minced thyme leavesSalt to tasteFreshly ground black pepper 1/4-cup extra-virgin oli... Read More

    From the article Super Bowl Sunday Kitchen Counter Tailgate


  • Silly me for getting stuck on the merchant and not reading past it in the ... ... spices and forget about even riesling and gewurztraminer. Have lots of raita and lassi handy for the heat, and go with beer, and if so desired, something distilled.Anyway, this was a semi-driveb Read More

    Forum post in the topic Delices and Gourmandises...


  • Casa Rondena Serenade 2013

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    Another local Wine and a good one. Pale, pale gold in the glass. Opens with baking yeast and minerals; then black tea and honey; more honey and baking spices. Honey carries over to the palate. Semi-dry with a lush mouthfeel. Little acidity. Peach and cream initially and as it opens, it loses the sweetness and becomes more herbal and mineral with... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Well it's a good point - what the food is going to be. That's a ... then there's Riesling, which comes in many iterations.And then there's the father in law issue.Sheesh.If the food is going to be spicy, I'd think that something slightly sweet might be a nice idea. That could go with any of the above. I will say though, Gwertz is always great o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Delices and Gourmandises...


  • I'll 2nd the Riesling recommendation, for all of those reasons! However it would be extra nice to have both to compare. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Delices and Gourmandises...


  • Fathers in law can be pleased in many ways. Probably by a riesling that is as good as or better than any Gewurtz, and that will please more in the dinner party, too. Gift the Gewurtz to him some time, but share the riesling with the group.The issue still remains about the source for the wine, whichever varietal is chosen. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Delices and Gourmandises...


  • 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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