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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  • Yesterday was Kientzheim day. I looked into renting a car for a day trip, ... I'm really digging the Rieslings here, some are bright and acidic with a good bit of citrus and green apple, others are more subtle, showing more body, less bite but still with a good bit of bracing acid to add an edge to the rounds.   After Paul Blanck we walked tow... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate 2014

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    Mild acidity, with flavors of dried apple, ripe pear and melon that are well-spiced. Read More

    Wine review by Hank


  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stubs66


  • I'm starting this thread in order to drop a few notes and pics of the wine ... ... - Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat d’Alsace, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir). The second stop was in Equisheim at Wolfberger. No tour here but the tasting was much better. A number of Grand Cru wines (in Alsace, only Riesling, Gewurztraminer, P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • Well it's 4:30 pm here in Colmar, Alsace so we popped this Wolfberger Grand Cru Riesling with some local cheese and a fresh baquette.  Neat city, a slight bit touristy but  not as much as Strasbourg. Heading to Ribeauville tomorrow and then to Kientzheim Friday for wine tastings.Our apartment is the two floors with the blue windows, a five minut... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Milbrandt Vineyards Riesling Traditions 2014

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    Light lemon aromas with more lemon and grapefruit flavors on the palate and warming spice with some sharp acidity and a touch of cream on the finish. Tart and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Thorn Clarke Mount Crawford Eden Valley Riesling 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Schmitt Sohne Riesling Auslese 2014

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    If your looking for a inexpensive sweet riesling for a family gathering, go no further. Sweet, fragrant and easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • D - he didn't really overstep IMHO. But his book has really limited appeal ... distinguish Pinot Noir from Riesling is what lets you distinguish the Riesling from a particular vineyard in the Mosel from one in Pfalz. It has to do with your familiarity. I've been able to consistently distinguish between wine from Burgos and from Rioja Alavesa. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...


  • Fetzer Gewürztraminer California Valley Oaks 2009

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    Wine review by Tomeka Ellison


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