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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  • Jon, ABV for both the Tofanelli and the McGah (I misspelled it, above) is ... ... ... a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling, and Chenin Blanc grapes.  Clearly from Valle de Guadalupe, and, most likely from the 2011 vintag Read More

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  • Anybody whose "best ever" wine is Cakebread, gets my immediate ... ... ...  Let me talk about Riesling and Gewurztraminer for a moment.  Either one of these grapes can be used to produce wines that range from bone dry to almost syrupy sweet.  Typically, the American versions of these wines, mostly from California, New York, Oregon or Washingt... Read More

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  • I seem to like all wines.  The best I have ever had was Cakebread. ... ... looking for?  Some say Riesling and some say Gewurztraminer.  I know he likes the Barefoot Sweet Red, Beringer and Barefoot Pink and Red Moscato, and beringer moscato.I usually shop at Kroger but I have a local wine store that carries all types of wines.  I wander aroun... Read More

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  • Getting back your roots is a matter of blending, according to a story this past ... ... 2013 H-Cote, a blend of riesling, nero d'Avola and negroamaro.  “On paper, perhaps, the idea of putting two tannic Italian red grapes … into the same vat, barrel or bottle as the famously fragrant and crisp German grape, riesling, sounds decidedly odd,' All... Read More

    From the article Going Old-School: Some Australian Winemakers Embrace "Field Blend"

  • The results were sweeter than honey. Earlier this year the global food and ... Wine on Earth – The Riesling Book” the “Wine Book of the Year”. According to the book's website, the volume focuses on oenophile Stuart Pigott's journey around the world to talk with Riesling enthusiasts. “In this vibrant, one-of-a-kind guide to one of the most sough... Read More

    From the article Gourmand Group Short-Lists Best 2015 Wine Books

  • Perhaps not completely different, but different enough. Of the hundreds, ... ... have really been dry German Riesling.This one has a little sweetness, but I'm going to call it dry on the whole, off-dry if I must. As I was pulling the cork, it decided to fly out on its own toward the end, kind of like champagne or a sparkling wine. At first, se... Read More

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  • Let’s take a trip back in time. Close your eyes and imagine yourself an ... White, a semi-sweet blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Muscat Canelli. Childress Vineyards 2010 Reserve Chardonnay - Nobody exemplifies North Carolina's past, present and future better than Richard Childress. A former moonshine runner turned stock car driver turned... Read More

    From the article Underrated Wine Travel: North Carolina

  • Thanks for the notes about the Riesling, Jon.  I am looking forward to trying the one you gave me--more so, now, after reading your enthusiastic comments.Yesterday, you asked me if I'd ever tried dry Riesling.  I drew a blank, then, but I now recall that some years ago I drank a dry Riesling from Washington on an intermittent.  And, now that I t... Read More

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  • Crane Lake Riesling 2013


    it was tooooo sweet for me. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Bedrock Wine Co. Compagni Portis Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2013


    Clear pale yellow color. Very expressive nosetropical fruits along with orange blossom floral. Not nearly as assertive on the tip of the tongue. Im still getting the tropical fruit along with stone fruit, but it kinda sneaks up on you. An interesting mid-palate heaviness shows up and suddenly, these fruit flavors fade. Acid appears on the b... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • 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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