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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  • Joannemerc - Just to get you pointed in the right direction, here's a ... ... to order a nice steak with a riesling you might get a strange look from the waiter.&nbs Read More

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  • I have been trying to find info on wine terminology. Im lost everytime I visit the wine section and read the reviews as I dont know what they mean.  Please help. I enjoy red and whites that are not very sweet and not dry and that I can drink 3 sips at once without  having to pucker. Not as sweet as Beringers white zifandel  and not as dry as Mir... Read More

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  • Hang around wine geeks for any length of time and you are sure to hear the word ... I tasting the soil? Or if a Riesling  grown on slate has a slatey, mineral flavour, is this because the vine roots have taken up these elements from the soil and they’ve then ended up in the wine? Intuitively, this is attractive, but the science of root uptake b... Read More

    From the article A Question of Wine Science

  • OK, round 2 of the Riesling taste off. Tonight the Mosel Spatlese is showing way more of its sweet side but in a good way and the Montelena hasn't changed much in the last couple of days. There is definitely more difference between the two now but we're still a house divided with L liking the Napa wine and my preference leaning in the German dir... Read More

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  • We finished off the Ridge cab last evening while watching the President's ... ... to pick up those German Riesling wines we had ordered on Sunday.  While there we dined on their famous 'mac & cheese' which really was tasty; we both had one along with a nice salad.  I paired my food with a Somona flight of wine (Sivas-Sonoma Pinot Noir, Leese-... Read More

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  • Hey Sarah, that willingness to explore is what it's all about. Even wines ... ... Italian Nebbiolo. German Riesling has its place in my cellar as well, which might be one region for you to check out if you like sweeter wines and don't mind whites.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just Li'l ol me :)

  • Boy, DeeVee, it is disappointing that you haven't received much help, ... ... for a white wine--maybe a Riesling or a Gewurztraminer.I am no help for dessert.  By the time dessert comes around, I'm looking for coffee.Good luck, and I hope some others chime in, her Read More

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  • If a CA Riesling is ever going to better a German, than 2011 would be the year. Also not a bad year to take a shot at Germany (in 2010). Read More

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  • "Surely there is not another language that is so slipshod and systemless, ... Never have had a New World riesling from *anywhere* that touches the German or Austrian or Alsatian versions.The Montelena riesling I had was from a different millenium, and not something I chose to keep purchasing, as opposed to their cabs and chards. It was as well... Read More

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  • Well, the Germans do like to include the various titles. As you get them, you ... recall ever having had their Riesling now that I think about it. Great producer but I have however, never had a Riesling from anywhere in CA that comes close to a decent one from Germany. I'd think it would be more likely to find one from New York, Michigan, Idah... 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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