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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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Saarstein Riesling Mosel 2013

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    Crisp peach, pear and apple aromas, hints of stony minerality and light citrus. In the mouth, this is full of citrus fruit notes, tart and plush - with tangerine, lemon and grapefruit alongside notes of stone fruit and green apple. Juicy acidity freshens the palate and leaves a creamy texture on the finish where theres a bit of almond, pear and ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Geil Scheurebe Riesling Kabinett Rheinhessen 2015

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    Warm apple and pear aromas are very aromatic with soft delicate floral notes. Juicy and expressive palate of peach, apple and apricot on the palate - richly developed fruit, pleasant minerality and bold acidity create an excellent balance throughout, finishing with a touch of lime zest and off dry sweetness throughout. 91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stephen hasn't shown here in awhile, but would be curious about his ... ... ranging from crystalline dry Rieslings, to strapping Barossa Shiraz, to classic honeyed Rutherglen Stickies. Happy hunting! *Please note wines are in the warehouse and will be available Wednesday, 2/21.*John McIlwain Click to view up-to-date inventory on our website →B... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Whole ____load of Italian whites tonight. Mostly Sicilian, Calabrian and ... ... ... with some Alto Adige riesling thrown in as a curve ball. Many labels I didn't recognize. Sicilian grigio/viognier cheap blend was surprisingly good, with squid/clam/shrimp in garlic and white wine, and swordfish with tomato and capers dishes. Calabrian SB ble... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... bubbled blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris (with its honey and white flower notes highlighted by solid acidity and a rounded lush mouthfeel), pairs perfectly with a big bowl of buttery popcorn -  a necessary nibble when cuddling up on the couch with your n... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines


  • Two Rivers Chateau Deux Fleuves Reisling 2016

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    ok for those who are not concerned. BUT: it was chapitalized and no where near a European Riesling. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Deinhard Riesling Green Label 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mariacurcio


  • Gerd Anselmann Pfalz Riesling Trocken 2016

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    Dry yet fruity with lots of acidity and a very long mineral finish. I liked it but the wife was putoff by the minerality. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Mosel Old Vines Nik Weis 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by Dilbretta


  • I usually grab a Pinot Noir with lamb.  What do you drink with ... wine ... wine illuminati love to hate.Riesling.Viognier or Gewurztraminer--maybe.Chenin Blanc--but not a Sec.It's not rocket surgery.  I drink the wines I like to drink with the foods I like to eat. Lewis is one of my favorites and an '08 no less.  Just had a Hall '08 a few of ... Read More

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


  • 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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