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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  • Met up with Mark and Roger, along with our wives and Ryan last night @ AR ... ... Domaine Weinbach Grand Cru Riesling. It had an attractive honeysuckle/petrol nose, and pronouncedly off dry on the palate. It really seemed like a tug of war between dry and semi sweet, though I think it was more dry than sweet. It had good spice, weight, and res... Read More

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  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than ... ... growing.  Maybe good Riesling or Cab Franc (which ripens early and has already proved somewhat successful) but it's going to be a niche unless demand goes so high that every plantable place in Cali, Oregon, and Washington is used, or the west coast turns into the Gob... Read More

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  • Here's the story by Vine Pair, which has made for some decent reads from my Facebook feed of late. Lots of interesting regions named here from China to Brazil to Texas. The other domestic region being North Virginia. Nearby, there's Baja and Canada.Tasmania and Croatia we've heard about for a while longer, and seem to have a bit more Cree than t... Read More

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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... ... moscato, pinot grigio, riesling, traminette, viognier, a recioto-style wine called Lacrima Dolce, as well as the endearing Ameritage. Va La Vineyards is the dream of winemaker and vintner Anthony Vietri and his family. Instead of taking the easier path and ... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California

  • Had to suffer through too many mediocre wines tonight: an atrocious Nahe kerner ... ... a relatively nasty Mosel riesling Auslese, and from Mendoza a horrible throat jerking malbec following a so-so cab.The salvation, at least relatively speaking, was a merlot blend (60% merlot, 13% cab franc, 7% cab sauv, 9% malbec, 11% syrah) from Limoux (Lan... Read More

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    the after taste was horrible. Read More

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  • Well lets me give you the run downWe abandoned the Pol for an Ayala Brut Majeur ... ... reason to ever drink riesling under cork ever again] - 5 years old clean crisp with the acid now slowly merging into the rielsing flavour 12 was an outstanding vintage - matched with Kingfish Sashimi and Deep Fried Softshell CrabThe Triolet is a beautiful w... Read More

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  • Stephen, good geographic coverage, with fine quality, too! How was the Polish Hill riesling, and the Bin 707 cab? What was the Wirra Wirra under wrapper, cab or shiraz? I've wondered in the past about the pricing of the Mount Mary Graves blend... Read More

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  • JDYes they are producing some great winesPinot Noir/Chardonnay/Riesling are excellentJosef ChromyPipers RiverFreycinetTolpuddleStefano Lubianaare a few of my favouritesDomaine A produce an amazing Cabernet from a very cold part of Tassie but they this unique VIneyard which captures northern Sum and traps the heat to allow ripeningI will actually... Read More

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  • We all have a favourite go to wine Mine is Riesling - Clare - Penna Lane or Eden Valley - Pewsey Vale/St Helgas both around $15+/-5Red is Shiraz Barossa Penfolds Bin 28 around $30 or Mamre Brook around $25 or for a Cab Coonawarra Wynns Balck label 25-30 Read More

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