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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  • Due to a hand injury I've not able post properly so today's catch up ... faint of heart.An Italian riesling that is semi-sweet but had decent florals.  Not really my cup of tea, but then it wasn't for.More my cup of tea - crisp minerality, lemongrass, melon, generous acidity and a lingering aftertaste.  Well done.Not bad for an under $20 pinot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Hasn’t it? When we started Snooth back in 2007, rosé was not such ... ... Slate is well-known for Riesling from the Mosel, but they also deliver on this easy-drinking delight. Buy twelve or more for your next barbecue and please the entire crowd.Clean and light notes of strawberry and pink grapefruit on the nose. Very expressive palate of jui... Read More

    From the article Rose Has Jumped the Shark

  • Quiet Mutiny Charlotte's Elusion Riesling 2017


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    Wine review by VineyardPaul

  • Schlink Haus Riesling Auslese Nahe 2016


    what a wonderful wine, very crisp, just right, passing across the palate with flavor that does not distract, a distinct jem. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese Mosel 2016


    Crisp and creamy, light refreshing aromas of white peach, fresh melon and lemon ice. Off dry and succulent in the mouth and very fruity, showing peach and pear flavors and a lightly tart lemon finish. Juicy and sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Riesling Chehalem Mountains 2016


    Creamy, lightly herbed and buttery notes of fresh apple, pear and light peach. Brightly acidic on the palate with puckering lemon zest and a sweet spice mid palate of floral honey, apple and white grape. Finishes with a kiss of oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Gerd Anselmann Riesling Kabinett Rheinpfalz 2016


    A little sweetness on entry that quickly fades into some tart acidity. The lack of the normal fruit and floral aromas keeps me from rating this wine higher. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese Mosel 2016


    Light aromas of peach, melon with a hint of lime. Off dry, juicy and medium-full bodied on the palate with a creamy texture and sweet peach gummy candy flavors with zesty lime pith towards the finish that lifts after a moment to reveal banana, pineapple and green apple fruit. Great for those with a sweet tooth. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Schloss Johannisberger Gelblack Riesling Vdp Rheingau 2016


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Been almost 4 months but I finally cracked.Limerick Lane1 - 2015 RRV Zinfandel4 ... Petaluma Gap4 - Cole Ranch RieslingBack on hold no Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • 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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