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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  • Fetzer Gewürztraminer California Valley Oaks 2009


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    Wine review by Tomeka Ellison

  • Fetzer Gewürztraminer California Valley Oaks 2009


    This is one of my favorite white wines. So fruity and light. Great for the Summer. Read More

    Wine review by Tomeka Ellison

  • It’s not shocking to imagine that one of the most overlooked wine regions ... ... planted grape. Austrian Riesling is another fan favorite. These two outstanding varietal interpretations have distracted us from Austria’s extensive portfolio of white wines made from underrated – and underpriced – white wine grapes. They’re not household names j... Read More

    From the article The Great Wine Grapes of Austria

  • GdP, Jamie Wolff and I went up to Menaggio on our last day in Italy a couple ... ... to try growing a little Riesling up there as well with the steep spots above the lake. I've had Codero di Montezemolo Monfalletto and it is a good Barolo, but I'm going to bet the Massolino is far the more age-worthy, and more traditional.  Be patient with it... Read More

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  • This book looks enticing but was looking for feedback from anyone who may have read it. Thanks Read More

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  • Carlisle Sonoma Valley Compagni Portis 2014


    Pale yellow color. Fruity, flowery nosemint, orange blossoms. Apricot and tangerine on the tip of the tongue. Some Gewurz spicethe blend really settles that down. Some mineral hints, mid-palate. Very nice acid refreshment. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Peter Brum Liebfraumilch 2010


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    Wine review by fduran11

  • Surprised nobody's mentioned him so far so I'll throw Gravner into the ... a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling Italico, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. The Ribolla wine comes from the autochthonous Ribolla Gialla varietal. Rosso Gravner is a blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. The reviews are mixed - some rate his whites as the best in Ital... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question

  • Schmitt Sohne Riesling Spatlese 2012


    Considering the source and the price point this was quite good - especially when paired with a freshly made fruit salad. Plenty of apple notes with citrus and associated sweetness. Clean cut acidity gives a refreshing mouthfeel to the finishj. Drink now - Paul 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Great wine and lots of it available also!!  Great with cold pasta plates, fruit salads and the like...or of course just because you want to drink it.  Happy sipping! Read More

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