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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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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  • This past spring I took my very first wine trip to Germany. Before I took off, ... principally, on one grape: Riesling.Riesling is clearly the country’s most important and most representative grape. This is the variety that is most widely planted and the one that best expresses the uniqueness of Germany’s different territories and the identity... Read More

    From the article The Many Sides of German Wine


  • G.d. Vajra Langhe Bianco Petracine 2010

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    I've known this Riesling since it was a teenager in Vergne and I have been privileged to experience it as it -- and the siblings who now make it with their parents -- grew and matured in style. I'll leave all the almonds, minerals, and other notes to the experts and just say that this is a beautiful representation of Riesling from Piemonte. It i... Read More

    Wine review by VillaArneis


  • Heinz Eifel Shine Riesling Rheinhessen 2016

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    Vanishing peach aromas with light minerality. This has a lot of fresh fruit flavors on entry, honeyed pear, fresh melon and tangerine blossom with a bit of sweetness coming through on the mid palate and a light, creamy textured finish. Very pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Grand Traverse Michigan Late Harvest Riesling 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Steves Wines


  • Highfield Estate Riesling Marlborough 2010

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    Great nose with a sweet finish Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Abrau Riesling 2014

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    sweet citrus and red apple nose; pomelo, red orange taste; crispy feijoa ... ... about bitterness of Russian riesling but this is definitely not the case - very nice win Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • This was dinner on Saturday night with friendsStarted with a platter of Salami, ... 2010 Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling was an excellent maturing Riesling from the Eden Valley in SA and showed that under screw cap we are not seeing the flat spot we used to see from Rieslings under cork as they went from young 1-3 to older day plus 8 years.  Defi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Amalaya Torrontes Riesling 2016

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    Plenty of torrontes tropical fruit expressions here - floral and citrus with a touch of sweet to viscosity and acisity. Well done - drink now - 90 points - Paul; Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • It’s no secret that we love German wines, but there’s more to them ... ... more to Germany than Riesling.It’s no wonder that Riesling is Germany’s most widely planted grape variety. Wine drinkers around the world simply adore the stuff and demand is high. The cold-hardy variety is native to Germany and it’s behind some of the world’s most bel... Read More

    From the article Expert Reveals German Wine Secrets


  • D - Bests and BindiBoth excellent family wine businessesThe 2 Bindi ... in ... in your take on itBests1993 Riesling - Under cork a risk and at 24 years probably past its best - again recent vitnges are OK I had a 15 2 weeks ago and was a very good drink made with good acid to age well and screw cap keeps it fresh1982 Bin 0 - The Bin 0 is a ver... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • want to order 3 cases of 2007 dry riesling reserved

    Comment by 394147joseph f grimley 394147 joseph f grimley


  • Dear Friends of the Good Grape, some of you may have read about the Call to Action, an open letter from Mosel winemaker Ulli Stein about the state of the Mosel region (which isn't all that good at the moment - high costs of cultivating the steep slopes force many producers to give up their vineland). In case you haven't read the letter, here is...

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


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  • Hi all! I am mostly interested in German Riesling wines ... from the Mosel River areas ... specifically Spatelese or Auslese. This is a great site! I'm glad to be a part of it ...

    Comment by 197328Necrotic1 197328 Necrotic1


  • Philip, the Mosel Wine Merchant is a Germany-based importer of Mosel wines with a very individual character, which are often quite different from each other (compare the full-bodied, almost baroque Rieslings from Clemens Busch or Knebel with the leaner, more racy Stein or Steinmetz). What all the producers have in common is their natural approac...

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • Uwe - that pdf is fantastic. I shared your email into this thread, hope thats ok. Who / what / where is the Mosel Wine Merchant?

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • From the group admin:: Dear Friends of the Good Grape, the Mosel Wine Merchant, an importer of exquisite German Riesling from the Mosel (Steinmetz, Busch, Stein, Knebel etc) just published their new brochure. Apart from stunning pictures of steep Mosel vineyards and intimate producer profiles the brochure contains a read-worthy essay on the hi...

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Morning gents! I'm about to start a thread where we try to come up with the names and URLs of each wine that was there last night. And I want to echo what Eric wrote, I've always known I like reisling, but the 94 Steinmetz was a real treat. Tasting notes on all 30 odd wines to follow

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Eric, I am glad you enjoyed the Steinmetz and Doennhoff. I think it was good to have both a very young and an aged Spaetlese next to each other, just to see how wonderfully this grape can mature in the bottle. I am looking forward to your tasting notes.

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • After having dinner last night with all of my fellow snooth members and working through all of those "That" bottles. I have to say that the two Rieslings I had were my favorite wines of the night. I'll post some tasting notes soon. For now, I'll say, I am officially converted.

    Comment by 92549Eric Guido 92549 Eric Guido


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