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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  • Now that the name Sauterne, is reserved for those wines from that region, how do I find the type of wine produced in the 1960's, that used to be labeled " Sauterne".This wine was from California and was an excellent compliment to poultry. I have no idea what wines to try.Thanks Read More

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  • So, we were at Costco a few weeks ago and, surprise, stumbled into the wine ... Peggy picked up an Oregon Riesling.  That is a bit unusual for her, but I also saw a German example.  We read what we could on the back labels and the shelf talkers.  The Oregon one was described as "dry" and the German one was described as "slightly sweet."  Well,... Read More

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  • RCKR1951:  I couldn't really say with any accuracy what the area may ... Lakes area?  Obviously, Riesling has been a natural for the area for a very long time and Gewurz is no stranger as well. DMICKER:  Reverse osmosis (RO) filtration has actually advanced considerably over the past thirty+ years but is generally used only by the big boys.  T... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have enology-related questions?


  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... produced Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and a great little Pinot noir.  At another winery I produced a nice little pink bubbly from Chardonnay and Pinot noir fruit.I know there are quite a few more wineries out there now and that they've come a long way.... Read More

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  • Bruce, let me add my welcome.  I'm one of the few East Coasters ... ... wineries. Highlights were Riesling, Viognier and Cab Franc. Remember a number of hybrids that tended toward the sweet and/or grapey side. Is there a significant difference between the Finger Lake wines and the LI wine Read More

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  • Joseph Händler Riesling 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by eaglebass


  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

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  • Schmitt Sohne Zeller Schwarze Katz Qualitatswein 2013

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    Fruity and sweet with enough acid to be tangy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Katy Michaud Washington Riesling Columbia Valley 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. Nice little number. a silver green gold clarity ... ... lime and 'ah this is a 'Riesling' yeast; then a bit of hazelnut honeyed apricot; then just a bit of bitter chocolate covered acacia and bitter orange marmalade rind. Quite soft medium-full mouthfeel with a pleasant acidity; notes of underripe peach and apri... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Josef Leitz Riesling Dragonstone 2014

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    Bou is opening up a bottle of this a complete joy - the room fills with apples, honeysuckle and a touch of melon. It follows to palate with added minerality and acidity. Great and under the radar wine Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Has anybody had a Riesling from Greece? I have not, but was told that they exist. If anybody has tried one, please step forward.

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • ste chapelle riesling privatereserve

    Comment by 115834sabradawn 115834 sabradawn


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