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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  • Amour here-I am not only having fun with grand cru wine; I go about looking ... looking ... Poet's Leap Riesling 2015 Columbia Valley  USA                          Bogle Essential Red                          Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection-I have always valued the Diamond Collection wines of FFC and often mentioned them along the way... Read More

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  • Almost think a bit of acid is neededHunter Semillon if young maybe OKyoung clare or eden valley riesling  Read More

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  • DMT, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We hope you hang around.Al's ... ... the mid-$50s.Another idea is Riesling.  The most famous Rieslings come from Germany.  I might suggest that you look for one that has "Spatlese" or "Auslese" on the label, but that is not critical.  Other excellent Rieslings come from the Alsace, from New York state, and fr... Read More

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  • Hi I was wondering if anyone can help me find a good wine pairing for a apple, cherry pork tenderloin with lemon cuscous? Read More

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  • Stephen, this one stands above the rest - 2006 Clarendon Hills Grenache ... for the price ~$20. We love riesling so will see if there is any Pewsey Vale to be had in NC.RCKR - I use CellarTracker but before that I put together a spreadsheet of my wine purchases which I can sort and filter in a million different ways.  If anyone is interested I... Read More

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  • VinovinoAny standout as interesting from your perspectiveI quite like the ... ... get a chance and you like riesling try Pewsey Vale - it comes from Yalumba and we drink it quite often as a weekday glass of white - it also comes in a hupper end version Pewsey Vale Contours which is excellent for ageing&nbs Read More

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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • Going back to the fat on meat argument, my wifes late father was a butcher, ... consuming a cold beer [or riesling] during cooking is a special event and please I know the calorie/cholesterol/etc argument but once every 3 months - I live with the consequenc Read More

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  • Actually you raise an interesting questionWhat does define a wine at its ... trend with Aussie riesling since the screwcap revolution of 2000.Having now experienced significant number of comparisons of same vintage of same wine under both cork and screw cap, it is very clear screwcap is manifestly better and consistently delivers a better drink... Read More

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  • Bordeaux specialists your girls - 82 and 86 will blow the budget daughters can ... ... 05 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling, 02 Wirra Wirra Chook Block Shiraz, the 2 x 53 Latours, an 86 Chateau Mouton, 88 d"yquem half bottleThe food highlight was a 1.2 kg T-Bone [Porterhouse on the bone plus fillet] slow roasted at a low temp for 7 hours and then ... Read More

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