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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  • Washington makes 'some' of the best wine in North America.DV speaks the ... ... produces a pretty good Rieslin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • So OT, does the room feel darker now? All the projects like yours I've been ... ... a couple bottles of dry riesling from the latecomers that stayed unopened though they'd probably have been consumed if arriving earlier, a bottle each of Bulleit 10yr and Bulleit Rye, three six-packs of the IPA. All except the riesling totally consumed. Satiate... Read More

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  • Even aside from its historical significance, Dom is a fine wine, though ... ... ... sauvignon blanc or dry riesling also slipping into the mix. Depends on the style of cuisine and availability of decent versions of whatever libation. By price, champagne and chablis are obviously the most expensive, but they're still worth paying for in the co... Read More

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  • Thevenet is my always-better-than-decent-fallback-standard for wine in their ... too, though I might prefer a riesling. Read More

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  • I'm pretty bad about naming the 10 different Crus of Beajolais but the article I have linked does a good job of explaining it, and maybe I'll be getting closer to becoming familIar with them, because taking a shot on a bottle of J.P. Thevenet last week for Turkey Day really turned my head. It has that direct and effortless quality with good back... Read More

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  • Weber Riesling Rheinhessen 2004


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    Wine review by Pummalo

  • Hello wine lovers. Im a newby. I find that I love a Mendoza Malbec  like its oxygen and Nineteen Crimes cab is to die for ( althouth not in the way some of the criminals may have in route to australia) . I also am enjoying some less complex but well balanced red blends like Apothic. My favorite malbec so far is Alamos and Cigar Box is pretty nic... Read More

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  • Long Shadows Nine Hats Riesling 2013


    I don't want to rate it until I try it so how do I get there from here? Read More

    Wine review by barbioU

  • Colombard and Ugni Blanc are two of the three grapes that are required to make ... wrong.  Like about the Riesling in SA, for one.  Same reason I like to teach continuing legal ed--keeps me honest and makes me go back and re-acquaint myself with the sources.&nbs Read More

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  • Appropos of DM's comment:"Chenin is still king in South Africa, ... ... ... would have thought Riesling was up there, but turns out that a lot of what they thought was Riesling was a French grape called Crouchen Blanc.  Get your hands on that and we'll talk "completely different." Still, more Colombard than SB.  By acre, it's pretty close, bu... 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

    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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