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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Riesling on Snooth

  • 2013 Dr.Heidemanns-Bergweiler Bernkastler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Haven't heard much about the 2013 vintage from Germany but this wine is a winner with rich fruit, good acid balance, mineral, traditional perfume nose and a long finish. Residual sugar probably 3%. The freshness of fruit is amazing in this wine. One in a long string of great Kabinetts from this producer (with the exception of the 2012). My ratin... Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • There are tons (literally) of Rieslings from Washington under 20 bucks.  Look for Ch. Ste. Michelle.  I think they are they biggest producer of Riesling in the world.  Seriously!There are a bunch of other great Washington Wineries making Riesling.  Look for wineries that are making Riesling (and other white wines) with grapes from the Ancient La... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dry Riesling


  • Loosen Bros. Riesling Dr. L Riesling 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Excellent!! Read More

    Wine review by Leigh Ann Laughon


  • Chateau St Michelle Reisling 750m

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    A very good semi-dry Reisling. Read More

    Wine review by Leigh Ann Laughon


  • Glad to see that hock (riesling) hasn't shot through the roof in the manner of claret (Bordeaux) and Burgundy and even Rhone prices in recent years. The following are excellent bottles of wine, and even HDH (which last decade was a source of hard-to-find bottles at reasonable prices, but this decade is using rocket-fuel rather than wine to fuel ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • DM, I agree with you, completely on the microclimate comment.  I have ... ... ... about some successful Riesling vineyards from the same east-facing slopes.  Everyone seems to concede that Carneros and Oak Knoll have microclimates that are Chardonnay-friendly.  I suppose if this really bothered me, I could just shoot an e-mail to Heitz and Le... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article


  • Wasn't so long ago we were talking about her. Just saw an article pop up on W-SZelma LongOh yeah, and Dave - re: the Brett topic from earlier this year. There are strong suspicions that Leoville Barton wines still contain it, all the way up to vintage 2010. If the 2003 had any, they were pretty minor and didn't stick out much. Read More

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  • This sounds very interesting. 'rieslings in the $10~$25 range.'  I must get some soon. Thank you. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dry Riesling


  • Rothberg Auslese Riesling Mosel 2012

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    best wine I have tried in a long time, I drink it with anything or just by itself. I am telling all my wine drinking friends about it, so far they like it too. Read More

    Wine review by c2r29b


  • How about a Riesling from Michigan, Diana? Definitely under $20, and absolutely delicious. To me, these Rieslings are unusually and engagingly flinty. Crushed peas and stone all the way. I haven't encountered anything like this elsewhere. The uniqueness of American soil, perhaps?  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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