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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Riesling on Snooth

  • According to the numbers, wine from the United States is an afterthought in ... top five white varietals are Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvingon Blanc and Gewurztraminer. Washington's top five red varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. From 1981 to 2014, the state's total number of wineries jumped f... Read More

    From the article WA to Oz: Aussie Rep Explores Export Options for Washington Wine


  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett 2011

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    This reliable Mosel has interesting gasoline and citrus notes on the nose, a beautiful, clear lemon-lime colour and warm, slightly off-dry baked apple or even apple cider on the palate. There is even a toasted coconut element - which is intriguing and not out of place. Delicious and recommended - especially at this price. Will age another sev... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Peter Nicolay Riesling 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by wally1974


  • The Stump Jump Riesling-Sauvignon Blanc-Marsanne 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • The Stump Jump Riesling 2012

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    Wine review by Ennis1


  • Fetzer Riesling 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • A trio of interesting stories popped up in the wine world this past week. One ... get the full pleasure of a riesling from a fat stemless glass,” he asked. “I suppose I could quit drinking. Then again, have you seen now filthy some of the waters are out there?” A Royal Heist“Go big or go home” seems to be the motto of a band of thieves who swi... Read More

    From the article The Word Around the World: British Thieves, UK Snobbery and Japanese Wine Baths


  • Adolph Mueller Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Spätlese 2009

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    I really enjoy this wine. It is not as sweet at some Riesling Spatlese wines. I have found this wine (vintage year 2013) in Delaware and Virginia but it does sell out fast. Have not been able to find it in New Jersey which is where I live. Still looking for a liquor store that carries it. Read More

    Wine review by stephspi


  • Blue Fish Riesling Sweet 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling

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    Wine review by Nesmockin


  • 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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