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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  • Ottes Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett 2013


    sweet, with honey apple notes and a herby nose Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Ottes Rheingau Riesling Classic Feinherb 2014


    some oyster notes on palate... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • F.B.Schönleber Doosberg Oestrich Riesling Auslese 2015


    rich syrupy nose. very sweet with sweet apple and mangoes. may pair well with pancakes. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • F.B.Schönleber Hasensprung Winkel Riesling Spätlese 2015


    closed nose, palate of sweet apples Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • F.B.Schönleber Winkel Riesling Kabinett 2014


    closed nose, palate of green apples Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • F.B.Schönleber Oestricher Klosterberg Alte-Reben 2015


    pineapple citrus nose, with palate of lemon tart and fresh minerals Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • F.B.Schönleber Mittelheimer Edelmann Trocken 2015


    pineapple citrus nose, with palate of lemon tart and fresh minerals Read More

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  • Well you did good to try it a little later. All the GGs are picked at Spatlese ... they're trying to model Riesling on French wine and that doesn't make sense to me. The French DREAM of making wine like German Rieslin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pulling the Wrong Bottle

  • Weingut Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spatlese 2012


    Classic Riesling phenolics on the nose with pleasant green apple, green melon and warm peach fruit and sweetly floral aromas. This is richly off dry in the mouth with loads of tingling acidity perfectly balancing out the sweetness, fruit flavors of light lime zest, green apple, pineapple and a soft vanilla and tangerine note lingering after the ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within ... BrazilPull that Cork2014 Ara RieslingWidely known by wine connoisseurs around the globe, wines that contain high alcohol and high acidity (which act as preservatives) have the best chance of aging with grace - as long as they are stored properly. When seeking ou... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines

  • 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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