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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  • Mark--the lighter, slightly frizzante wines (Vinho Verde or Falanghina) are ... ... aperitifs as it were. Riesling is for further into the meal. As are the reds. Obviously we'd need to know the whole menu to be precise. Thus I suggested that old thread I wrote in, as well as others around the site that provide pairings with actual menus. I st... Read More

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

  • You can search past Forum threads for examples of differing wine approaches to ... ... Italy, and half a good Riesling Kabinett from Germany....&nbs Read More

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

  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

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  • Covey Run Riesling 2010


    This is a nearly dry Riesling with perhaps 1% RS. Great nose of citrus, pine resin and petrol. Very unusual to find domestic Rieslings with this flavor profile. Could pass for a 10 yr old Kabinett. Holding up well at 4 yrs old. Good acid balance. Fruit is dominated by pine/petrol notes but still does well. My rating --89-90. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Stratus Charles Baker Riesling 2011


    Stewed white fruit - especially gooseberry - dominates the nose with some incipient petrol. On the palate (especially entry), there is MacIntosh apple acidity and lime. Truly delicious, this wine lacks almost for nothing - maybe just a bit more density. Otherwise, seek out and buy as much as you can find. Few Rhinegau beat this baby... one of C... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • The wine gods have been kind to the evergreen state.  Forecasts for ... Chardonnay, Merlot, white Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon leading the way. At the time, the state had 16,812 planted acres with an average yield of 3.69 tons per acre. Five years later, production had nearly doubled. In 2002, the state harvested 115,000 tons of grapes. Mor... Read More

    From the article Wonders in Washington: Another Big Harvest

  • Helfrich Vin d'Alsace Riesling 2013


    Light aromas of sunflower seeds, beeswax, green apple and a bit of petrol. Clear and clean flavors, more green apple and some pear with lemon. Simple but well made and elegant. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Bread & Butter Pinot Noir 2013


    A Lot 18 Quarterly Selection. Terrific Bottle of Wine, well balanced. Cherry ... three varietals: Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. The inspiration for their wines lies in the kind of wines people are interested in drinking on an everyday basis . . . "your go-to wines, your automatics, your bread and butter" as they put it Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Bigger is better in Japan's burgeoning wine industry. Chateau Mercian, ... Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Muscat Bailey A, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Mercian's expansion comes in an era of Japanese wine consumption which focuses primarily on wines produced outside of the island nation. According to the United States Departmen... Read More

    From the article Kirin-Held Winery Nearly Doubles Vineyards

  • Trefethen Riesling Dry 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

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