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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  • Stone Hill Golden Rhine

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    One of my favorites. So easy to drink. Similar to a riesling. Not too sweet, with a little citrus and floral. Acidic enough to pair easily with a meal. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Pölka Dot Riesling 2004

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    crisp, fruity, mild sweetness Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Schmitt Söhne Riesling 2003

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    I haven't bought a bad bottle yet! My husband and I really enjoy drinking this alone or with a meal. Not too sweet but yummy enough to make you want to take another sip. If you are sharing a bottle with someone, be sure to get two! Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Schmitt Söhne Riesling 2004

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    Can drink by itself or with a meal. Very easy to drink and enjoy! Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Hogue Cellars Ff Late Harvest White Riesling 2006

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    This is one that I will buy again and again! Not a sophisticated drink, just pure enjoyment! I can drink glass after glass especially after dinner or on a Saturday afternoon. This is definately a sweeter wine but not so sweet as a moscato. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Weingut Huber Riesling Terrasen Traisental 2007

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    Shelf-shouted by Oddbins as medium-sweet but labelled as trocken. We had this ... ... bubbles, typical of dry riesling (although at only a year or so in bottle I'd expect it to have a greener tinge).There's citrus and green apple on the nose, with a little hint of bitter lime, and some peachy notes right at the top. Underneath you can just de... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


  • Birgit Eichinger Riesling Heiligenstein 2007

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    Honeydew awesomeness. Slightly effervescent. Read More

    Wine review by redatom


  • Barefoot Riesling Premier NV

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    This goes into the mouth sweet, crisp, and bright. It almost tastes like drinking green apples. There is a very nice balance of sweet and sour with perhaps a tiny hint of vanilla. It was great with spicy food. I didn't taste the advertised "tropical citrus fruits," "luscious peach," or "hints of orange blossom," but this is probably due to my la... Read More

    Wine review by timothyp


  • Wolf J.L. Riesling Qba Pfalz Saint M 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Chammy


  • Donnhoff Hermann Riesling Spatlese Norheimer Dellchen 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by ChefPrivato


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