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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  • Having a 2014 Dr. Loosen Riesling from Bernkastle along the Moselle River, Germany. Read More

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  • Fetzer Riesling Goosefoot Road 2013

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    Medium sweet with a bite, almost like it's trying to become sparkling. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by Eco13


  • A few days ago I participated in a tasting/pairing event that featured white wines. One of the wines was Chablis, and, while discussing this one, the facilitator stated that it was fermented in steel and had never seen oak.  I asked if that was common for the region and he responded that it was absolutely the case, and was so for all white wines... Read More

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  • Those who know Riesling intimately, and drink it often, can argue that the top Rieslings are some of the greatest white wines in the world. It is interesting to think about its greatness in comparison to another top white variety – Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a chameleon, having a great affinity for expressing winemaking techniques and terroir whi... Read More

    From the article Australian Riesling: No One Formula for a Great Wine


  • One has to be careful with Sekt... a few big companies like Henkels dominate ... ... Sekt mostly out of Riesling. In Germany those are called "Winzersekt" (meaning they are made by small winemakers, not big companies). Those can be great values and show another amazing side of the Riesling grape.&nbs Read More

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  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine more and more lately. It's a festive drink with high drinkability and pleasure, provided you are drinking within the wine's general drinking window. I can remember my eldery godmother saying on one of our visits that she couldn't drink wine anymore due to her stomach is... Read More

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  • Strato Monterey County Riesling 2013

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Pale Gold in the Glass. Opens with Oak, Cinnamon and Baking Yeast; moves on to Vanilla and a sweet Bubblegum; then finishes with some Slate, Half & Half and more Vanilla. Long smooth finish with Oak and Vanilla along with Pear, Tropical Fruit, and Hibiscus.Had this alone, but would work well with Asian and oth... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Azienda Agricola Monte del Fra Ca del Magro Custoza DOC Superiore 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • ProWein, the annual wine and spirits fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the ... the ... Weingut Domdechaney Riesling VDP 2014 There are many reasons why Germany is known for its Riesling. This is one of them. White flower and lychee fruit aromas scream from the nose. The super concentrated palate is loaded with a host of dried and fresh stone fr... Read More

    From the article We Know Where To Find The World's Best Wines


  • EMark - comparing an Italian Pinot Bianco to a German Riesling, was there some RS in that PB? Not noted on the label, v v, but if I were  betting man. . . . Read More

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