Riesling

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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  • Meli Maule Valley Chile Riesling 2015

    Snoothrank:

    I did not look at the label prior to opening this cuvee and assumed after ... ... Upon finding out this was a Riesling. I was chagrined; as I had just finished off a superb Riesling from Germany and this wine does not meet the standard according to my pala Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Riesling Made With Organic Grapes 2013

    Snoothrank:

    This 2013 Riesling was another clear-out from Grocery outlet, selling for $2.99 rather than the $10-12 it is supposed to sell for. At that price, it's a screaming bargain. I wish this were a bit drier, as it's lightly sweet, despite the label claiming it to be between moderately dry and moderately sweet. It would make a fine aparatif, as well... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Schlink Haus Riesling Spatlese Nahe 2013

    Snoothrank:

    a wonderful Riesling that is pleasant to the palate: not too sweat, not too tart, not too dry. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • JD, Mark, great time last night, hope this is just the first of many!Rob, ... ... definitely enjoyed the GC Riesling the best, maybe because the bottle in my left hand in this picture happens to be the same wine and it was my favorite bottle during our entire Alsace trip, tx for rekindling those taste memories JD.I'll also add my applause to t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Peggy and I enjoyed ourselves, very much.There are some very neat people on ... Burgundy.  The Alsace Riesling was, certainly, the fun wine of the evening.  I studied the dessert menu, looking for something that might go with it, settled on Lemon Tiramisu (I never order Tiramisu.) and found the wine to be a good foil to my dessert's richness.F... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Met up with Mark and Roger, along with our wives and Ryan last night @ AR ... ... Domaine Weinbach Grand Cru Riesling. It had an attractive honeysuckle/petrol nose, and pronouncedly off dry on the palate. It really seemed like a tug of war between dry and semi sweet, though I think it was more dry than sweet. It had good spice, weight, and res... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than ... ... growing.  Maybe good Riesling or Cab Franc (which ripens early and has already proved somewhat successful) but it's going to be a niche unless demand goes so high that every plantable place in Cali, Oregon, and Washington is used, or the west coast turns into the Gob... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • Here's the story by Vine Pair, which has made for some decent reads from my Facebook feed of late. Lots of interesting regions named here from China to Brazil to Texas. The other domestic region being North Virginia. Nearby, there's Baja and Canada.Tasmania and Croatia we've heard about for a while longer, and seem to have a bit more Cree than t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... ... moscato, pinot grigio, riesling, traminette, viognier, a recioto-style wine called Lacrima Dolce, as well as the endearing Ameritage. Va La Vineyards is the dream of winemaker and vintner Anthony Vietri and his family. Instead of taking the easier path and ... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California


  • Had to suffer through too many mediocre wines tonight: an atrocious Nahe kerner ... ... a relatively nasty Mosel riesling Auslese, and from Mendoza a horrible throat jerking malbec following a so-so cab.The salvation, at least relatively speaking, was a merlot blend (60% merlot, 13% cab franc, 7% cab sauv, 9% malbec, 11% syrah) from Limoux (Lan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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