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

  • Wittmann 100 Hills Dry Riesling Rheinhessen 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Mineral steeliness, wet slate and lemon notes on the razor sharp, serious nose. A bit softer on the palate but still quite sharp, this brings notes of lemon and green melon, green apple and a bright acidity that keeps the palate zesty, minerally and fresh with a crisp refreshing body and a staccato finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • JAMES - Good to hear from you again and your honesty is appreciated and ... ... ... more than we used to and riesling has played a big part in getting my wife to eat it.You are correct, also, about reds - especially tannic reds.  I tend to research and ask others about what to pair in that case.  Interesting I've found that there are many acce... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Diet Change with Wine questions


  • Hey fellow Snoothers,Haven't written in quite a while due to a slow down in wine consumption.Reason being I have switched my diet to Vegan, that means for those of you who don't know I do not consume any meat, poultry, pork, beef, fish. I also have discontinued all forms of Dairy.I did this for many reasons. Upon initiating it for more than a ye... Read More

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  • Robert Weil Riesling Tradition 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Clear peach and melon aromas on the nose. Juicy acidity and a fresh lemon zest bite greets the palate with green apple and pear flavors and a tart, brisk finish. There's a vein of floral sweet fruit through the core here that balances the acidity quite well. Very pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Meli Maule Valley Chile Riesling 2015

    Snoothrank:

    I did not look at the label prior to opening this cuvee and assumed after ... ... Upon finding out this was a Riesling. I was chagrined; as I had just finished off a superb Riesling from Germany and this wine does not meet the standard according to my pala Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Riesling Made With Organic Grapes 2013

    Snoothrank:

    This 2013 Riesling was another clear-out from Grocery outlet, selling for $2.99 rather than the $10-12 it is supposed to sell for. At that price, it's a screaming bargain. I wish this were a bit drier, as it's lightly sweet, despite the label claiming it to be between moderately dry and moderately sweet. It would make a fine aparatif, as well... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Schlink Haus Riesling Spatlese Nahe 2013

    Snoothrank:

    a wonderful Riesling that is pleasant to the palate: not too sweat, not too tart, not too dry. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • JD, Mark, great time last night, hope this is just the first of many!Rob, ... ... definitely enjoyed the GC Riesling the best, maybe because the bottle in my left hand in this picture happens to be the same wine and it was my favorite bottle during our entire Alsace trip, tx for rekindling those taste memories JD.I'll also add my applause to t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Peggy and I enjoyed ourselves, very much.There are some very neat people on ... Burgundy.  The Alsace Riesling was, certainly, the fun wine of the evening.  I studied the dessert menu, looking for something that might go with it, settled on Lemon Tiramisu (I never order Tiramisu.) and found the wine to be a good foil to my dessert's richness.F... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Met up with Mark and Roger, along with our wives and Ryan last night @ AR ... ... Domaine Weinbach Grand Cru Riesling. It had an attractive honeysuckle/petrol nose, and pronouncedly off dry on the palate. It really seemed like a tug of war between dry and semi sweet, though I think it was more dry than sweet. It had good spice, weight, and res... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • 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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