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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  • Tantalus Riesling 2014


    Aerated at Marquis Wines using the usual skullduggery, this wine was a wonderful Granny Smith Apple on the nose and palate - as expected - with the normal tartness. At home, the wine is muted, but savory - with less forward notes as just described. Very Tantalus with bracing acidity and cleansing Malus Domesticus (apple) flavour. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Dr. Fischer Estate Riesling Mosel 2013


    Tight and fresh, with a hint of classic Riesling minerality, peach and nectarine on the nose. Bordering on sweet in the mouth, with full bodied, round notes of peach, lemon and honeydew melon, touches of grapefruit and a clean steely finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Wine is not the first pairing that comes to mind when you’re talking ... ... ... Gunderloch Jean Baptiste Riesling KabinettRheinhessen, Germany100% Riesling$15, 10.5% abv. Gentle quince notes, light pear flavors, medium sweetness and a gentle finish. The sweet elements balance out nicely against the salty and savory, while the lower alcohol is... Read More

    From the article Brazilian Cuisine is Begging for Wine

  • Dear CommunityToday I want to introduce you(sorry for my bad english) to a very ... this insider winery just the Riesling is truly world class. We are all aware that as an entry in a well-known wine guide costs money every year and these costs for each new wine guide for such a small but top class winery is too much and therefore, unfortunately... Read More

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  • They are the vagabonds of the winemaking world.  This past Monday, ... ... couple’s only Riesling project to date took place in the Mosel, where they took on the pale German goddess armed with enthusiasm and quick-thinking.  To kick off their harvest, they invited friends to a party in the tasting room of the winery they were renting to make ... Read More

    From the article British Couple Focus on One Wine at a Time

  • While the wine lists of today are California- and Europe-heavy, the wine lists ... like Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and Albariño are stealing the spotlight, and radical new techniques – from anforaged, skin-fermented whites to wines aged in concrete eggs – make for compelling (and sellable) narratives.” Cristaldi then pointed out the influence ... Read More

    From the article Looking Ahead: L.A. Mag Features "Futuristic" Wine List

  • It never hurts to throw around a few facts about French wine at the next ... ... aromatic white wines such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer,” the story said. The list also discussed France’s 19th-century phylloxera outbreak, the tiny fly which brought European vineyards to ruin. “By 1873, the situation was so dire that the French government offe... Read More

    From the article Party Favors: Wine Show Offers Fun Facts About French Wine History

  • Does anyone have any experience with these wines?Seems like it would suit my palate. Interesting that they're a Napa producer known for their whites, and their blocked malo/ neutral barrel Chardonnay. Apparently the winemaker who's been there for 40 years was an assistant for Ric Forman for a couple years before getting plucked by Stony Hill.I'm... Read More

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  • Australia finished second behind France in the recent 2015 International Wine ... ... grapes like Semillon and Riesling, and even some top quality sweet and fortified wines,” he said. “Overall, it has been a vintage year for Australia at the IWC.” Heavy-hitter Penfolds scored well with their Chardonnays, taking home gold medals for their 2012 ... Read More

    From the article Australian Wines Take Home Big Haul From Vino Comp

  • 8th Generation Riesling 2013


    8th Generation wines have been a little more difficult to obtain recently so ... good (modern) expression of Riesling with some German flair. 89 points. Will age several years with prudent cellarin Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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