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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  • Once Upon a Vine Enchanted Woods Bubbly 2011


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    Wine review by leahford

  • Looking good, Mark. Have had great luck with Insiginia on Thanksgivings past. ... that is an Auslese-or-better Riesling debauch. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines

  • Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2013


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • What's everyone opening?No cooking for me this year, but I'll be providing all the wines, probably 10-12 bottles. Have to make final cuts tonight but a couple bottles of Chardonnay, Beaujolais, and Pinot are in the mix.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines

  • In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will ... water with Domaine Ehrhart Riesling Grand Cru Hengst 2011, a biodynamic wine from Alsace. The perfect poultry wine, it has lush tropical notes, bright spice and striking minerality that will also work with your light appetizers. So juicy, no one will notice if the ... Read More

    From the article Unpredictable Food & Wine Pairings

  • Sawtooth Riesling 2012


    Golden apple and beeswax aromas with some country road dust and a bit of hay. Showing some sweetness on the palate, with honeysuckle and orange blossom. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Thanksgiving wine pairing can be tough. With tons of different flavors and lots ... perfect wine. Pinot Noir, Riesling and Beaujolais are always near the top of the most recommended list, while Carmenere and Gewurztraminer  seem to be this year's trendy picks. Ever popular varieties like Cabernet and Chardonnay always get a good number of shout... Read More

    From the article Off The Beaten Path Thanksgiving Wine Values

  • `Wines should be nimble and refreshing, energizing rather than fatiguing and ... ... why you can pair a sweet Riesling with it as well as a sparkling wine.. I'll probably have Syrah, Zin or Cab or all three, given who I'm having dinner with. If it were someone else, for the same meal, I would have Riesling, Beaujolais and CdP, which is what I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...

  • Robert Sinskey Abraxas Vin de Terroir 2012


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    Wine review by Ren127

  • David, GregT and Dmcker are two of the most knowledgeable contributors to the ... ... I think the idea of a Riesling is terrific, I have to question, though, the idea of Vinho Verde with a Thanksgiving feast.  To my way of thinking the flavors of "all the trappings" pretty much overpower the turkey and most white wines.  I'm thinking here of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...

  • 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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