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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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

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  • Germany

    Germany is the producer of some of the most admired wines in the world. These are its Rieslings...

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    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

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    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

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Riesling on Snooth

  • Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Josephshofer Riesling Kabinett 2011

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    Bright golden color with clear evidence of fizz as it hits the glass. Golden ... A classic low-alcohol German Riesling fit for any and every Sunday Brunch celebratio Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winemakers are fascinated by its diversity, winegrowers love its transparency, ... levels of sweetness. Oregon Riesling is on the rise, and everyone from vintners to consumers are taking note.Riesling thrives in Oregon's cool climate and is a varietal known for its transparency and ability to take on the characteristics of where it has taken r... Read More

    From the article Oregon's Riesling Revival


  • Washington Hills Summit Reserve Late Harvest Riesling Walla Wa

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    I recently had the Washington Hills, Late Harvest Riesling, Walla Walla, 2012 at a Wine Bar in Florida. It was delicious - fruity but not too sweet. I live in California though and I can't find it anywhere. Read More

    Wine review by smclay00


  • Riesling can be a challenging wine for consumers. It’s not that the wines are difficult to enjoy or pair with food, it’s simply because, uniquely among the world’s wines, Riesling is regularly produced in styles that range from bone dry to very sweet and the label on the bottle may not always be entirely helpful in helping you figure out what yo... Read More

    From the article Grab a Riesling and Relax!


  • Lindemans Moscato Bin 90 2010

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    From Lot 18. Now I know what all the writing on the versatility of Riesling is about, especially the more dry ones. Nice little pale gold straw number, dry with notes of raisins, slate, sourdough and yeast, with citrus zest and a slight caramel taste. All the tastes are well balanced with a long lingering and savory finish. Terrific with food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • "They must be legit because they have a YouTube video for their ... to my original favorites (riesling, Bordeaux blends, chard, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc & semillon, muscadet, gamay, tempranillo, sangiovese, nebbiolo, syrah, zin) I feel comfy and grounded, like I've come home for a visit. But it's a big world out there and staying stuck at h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I began my wine journey mining for hidden gems in little known regions along ... Travessia Urban Winery 2013 Riesling Social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, are great ways to connect with other wine enthusiasts and wine producers all over the world. I know! I met Marco Montez, proprietor and vintner of Travessia Urban Winery, this wa... Read More

    From the article The United States of Wine


  • Nahe Kreuznacher Kronenberg Riesling Spatlese Riesling Nahe 2004

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    Wine review by Andrew Kondrashov


  • Blanc de Mer Overberg 2010

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    Interesting South African white blend of Rhine Rheisling, Viognier, Sauv Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chard. Mineral, saline, lemon drop, slight ginger bite, decent acidity and a medium finish. Nice change of pace. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • The only purely Gallo wine I ever truly liked was their 'Hearty ... ... parents would have - usually Riesling.Big Al - interesting choices. I don't know where you're shopping but in most places, if you're looking for Malbec from Chile, good luck! Can't think of too many off the top. That's probably because a few years ago, when I had more inte... 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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