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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  • Not criticizing. Just saying that reading old world labels is not nearly as ... type--e.g., Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris--on the label (and I may have learned this from GregT).  As is common in other French regions, Alsace blends do not seem to have any disclosures on the labels.  Edelzwicker can be any blend of several allowable grape... Read More

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  • AoK - it's not that difficult if you think about the history. In Europe, ... grow Cab or Pinot Noir or Riesling pretty much anywhere and in the end, you can taste it blind and you'll know it's Cab or Pinot Noir or Riesling. They are very distinctive. OTOH, you grow Syrah five or ten different places and you have five or ten completely differen... Read More

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  • Hi all,Just want to introduce myself. I have recently started taking an interest in wine and have come to the point where I want to start learning more about it. At this point I can identify which lines I like, and which I don’t, but I really hope to be able to take it a step further and understand what makes it so that I like certain wines and ... Read More

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  • Lamoreaux Landing Dry Riesling 2013


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    Wine review by CageyT

  • So JD, GT or Diego, when should we drink that 2012 Dr. Thanisch Riesling Spatlese Trocken (Mosel) that we picked up in the 'Wines of Germany' wine / cheese class a few weeks ago?  Maybe a few more years or next week?  Read More

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  • Good producer and a good wine.They don't get the same respect, but SA Prum ... ... before, when it comes to Riesling, I really prefer them on the younger side. Have some Auslese from 2001 and a few Spats but generally I consume them within a few years. For me, younger is 10 years or less so yours is well within that window.I don't know how man... Read More

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  • If anything, here's something to get me to drink more German wines. Over the past couple of years, the few that I have had were newer releases, with the occasional older wine from someone else's cellar. Seems like 8 - 10+ years is a good window to start drinking many Spatlese, or lower levels. This 2007 showed a little young tonight, though it h... Read More

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  • We all know where most of America will be on Super Bowl Sunday, watching the ... ... with a crisp Prosecco or Riesling. Sweet Red Bell Pepper BitesMakes 12 3 large sweet red bell peppers 1/2 pound Genoa salame, diced14 cup chopped oil cured olives3 tablespoons minced thyme leavesSalt to tasteFreshly ground black pepper 1/4-cup extra-virgin oli... Read More

    From the article Super Bowl Sunday Kitchen Counter Tailgate

  • Ott's Constant Dream Riesling 2011


    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection; A very pale Silver Gold in the Glass with notes of yeast, baking spices, and unripe apricot. Medium bodied and off-dry, a full and slightly viscous mouthfeel. More notes of green apples, melon, lemon/lime, minerality, and sweetness. Had this alone, but wish I had paired it with something, it deserves food. Read More

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  • The Taste of Victory: Sydney Wine Competition To Feature Winner ... competition's riesling category experienced great success in comparison with other aromatics, the report said. Rieslings accounted for nine of the 10 aromatics included in the TOP 100 and Blue-Gold award tiers.  “Four Australian and two New Zealand regions are represented, show... Read More

    From the article The Taste of Victory: Sydney Wine Competition To Feature Winner Tastings

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