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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  • Hi All!  I could really use some advice.  My husband and I run a restaurant and we are having a 4-course Valentines dinner and I'm looking to pair each course with wine.  Affordable wines...lol!  The courses I need help with are: ginger soy braised beef with crispy rock shrimp tempura(think Nobu style) with cauliflower puree carrots and snap pea... Read More

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  • WRT to the Riesling taste off, the three of us (wife, father-in-law, self) only got thru half of each bottle so I'm planning on revisiting each in the next day or two. I like to see how wine changes with some air time but rarely get the chance for some crazy reason. In all honesty both bottles were excellent and I may have been out voted for whi... Read More

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  • Well Al, most of the wine in Germany is white and most of that is Riesling, although of course there are other whites - Schuerbe, Sylvaner, etc.. They're trying more and more reds but it's not really red country -  Dornfelder, Regent, St. Laurent, Spatburgunder, Zweigelt and others just don't come anywhere close to the whites.But Germany isn't o... Read More

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  • This is becoming an interesting topic, being diverse and yet ... photos I took, it was mostly Rieslings and most were slightly sweet.  The first wine was actually a red, the varietal called 'Dornfelder'.  I was not really fond of any of these wines, but Sandra ordered a few of the #2 on the list, the Dr. Thanisch Riesling Spatlese Trocken 2012 ... Read More

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  • Vino, my personal favorite is 'herr doktor professor' in that language ... ... had the Montelena riesling in a coon's age. Am curious that it beat out the Thanisch in complexity, and would be interested in hearing any more TNs if they're available. Read More

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  • It must be tough being neighbors with one of America's premier winemaking ... Coiled Wines' 2013 dry Riesling and Huston Vineyards' 2012 Malbec. The Coiled Wines Riesling was “one of the most dramatic Rieslings in the Northwest, thanks to notes of green apple, minerality and spine-shivering acidity,” Times contributor Andy Perdue said. The Hus... Read More

    From the article Idaho Wine Industry: No Longer Small Potatoes?

  • I'm new to the site ... grow my own Riesling grapes and bottle a few bottles every year for my own enjoyment.  Is there a every discussion about growing your own grapes here? I think I got the tasting thing down, but still al little shy on growing.   Thanks   Read More

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  • Due to popular demand (don't ask where that demand came from or you'll spoil my fun), we appear to need some new wine discussion topics.  This topic was only relevant to Thursday as a test case but was subsequently expanded to cover the weekend too.  What ever you bring up in this topic should either occur on a Thursday - Sunday, or it could be ... Read More

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  • Canberra is becoming more than just the home to Australia's capital ... ... region whose hero wines are Riesling and Shiraz. According to the district's site, the vineyards grown in altitudes from 300 meters to 800 meters, and are considered “cool climate” wines. The climate in the region is relatively harsh, according to the site.  “It is a c... Read More

    From the article Aussie Wine Region On The Rise

  • This past month renowned Master of Wine Jancis Robinson's team of wine ... ... more about American wines. Riesling is the talk of London, according to the survey. Eighteen percent of survey participants said they want to learn more about Riesling, followed by 13.5 percent of respondents who said they want to learn more about Pinot Noir. From t... Read More

    From the article Master of Wine's Survey May Hint At Trends

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