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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Riesling on Snooth

  • DM, I agree with you, completely on the microclimate comment.  I have ... ... ... about some successful Riesling vineyards from the same east-facing slopes.  Everyone seems to concede that Carneros and Oak Knoll have microclimates that are Chardonnay-friendly.  I suppose if this really bothered me, I could just shoot an e-mail to Heitz and Le... Read More

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  • Wasn't so long ago we were talking about her. Just saw an article pop up on W-SZelma LongOh yeah, and Dave - re: the Brett topic from earlier this year. There are strong suspicions that Leoville Barton wines still contain it, all the way up to vintage 2010. If the 2003 had any, they were pretty minor and didn't stick out much. Read More

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  • This sounds very interesting. 'rieslings in the $10~$25 range.'  I must get some soon. Thank you. Read More

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  • Rothberg Auslese Riesling Mosel 2012


    best wine I have tried in a long time, I drink it with anything or just by itself. I am telling all my wine drinking friends about it, so far they like it too. Read More

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  • How about a Riesling from Michigan, Diana? Definitely under $20, and absolutely delicious. To me, these Rieslings are unusually and engagingly flinty. Crushed peas and stone all the way. I haven't encountered anything like this elsewhere. The uniqueness of American soil, perhaps?  Read More

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  • Don't know if the OP has even checked back at all on this. But if people ... interested in dry, sparkling riesling it rarely gets much better than this. The vendor (in NYC) is first rate, and reliable. Let's Talk About SektsIf you think that modern German sparkling wine is but an imitation of Champagne, you are partially right. Formal producti... Read More

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  • But that's also sparkling, Al. Plenty of good riesling out there, even now at or even under that price. Both still and also sparkling (sekt).How 'dry' does it need to be? Is a smidgen of residual sweetness allowed?'Trocken' is a key word for you to look for in German and Austrian rieslings if you want absolutely dry. Alsatian rieslings are prett... Read More

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  • Not content with sporting on the epic beards in all of winedom, Dezel is also a ... ... but I’m going with Riesling and Pinot Noir. Both have good diversity, wonderful acidity, and the potential to be long-lived and complex. And since they're a food flexible duo, I assume they would pair well with island fare. Snooth: Would you characterize you... Read More

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  • How about 'Dr. Heidemanns Riesling Brut Sekt'?  It's just over $20. Read More

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  • There I was bragging that I knew about Norton, and you go and show me up by ... on recommendations for Dry Riesling. I wish I was better informed in that area.  I would suggest that you look for something from Alsace.  My experience (limited) is that their wines are bone dry.  Of course Germany produces truly great Riesling wines, but decoding... Read More

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