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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  • Bonny Doon Vineyard Riesling Monterey 1999


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    Wine review by lingprof

  • I'm headed to Long Island with some family members and wanted to visit a few wineries. I've been to the following, so was looking for some new ideas:Paumanok, Roanoke, Wolffer Estate, Duck Walk My sister likes sweeter, fruitier wines. I like everything. Any suggestions?thanks Read More

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  • Ninth Island Riesling 2005


    Lots of petrol. may be a little past peak. but I got it for $6. There aren't many wines that are this well made for $6. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Priam Vineyards White Blend Jeremy River White NV


    Named for another local river which feeds into the larger Salmon River, the ... the Jeremy River White is a Riesling blend, the same blend as the Blackledge White but with a different yeast and lower temperature . The Jeremy River is a semi-sweet wine with notes of pineapple and citrus both on the nose and in the mouth. While interesting, I ... Read More

    Wine review by MTB

  • Priam Vineyards Riesling Blanc NV


    A dry wine with a nice balance of fruit notes, including apple and citrus, and a slight mineral finish at the end make this an interesting wine. Read More

    Wine review by MTB

  • Priam Vineyards Blackledge White NV


    blend of Riesling and Cayuga grapes, this was my favorite of the Priam whites. The same blend as the Jeremy River White, this is a dry, fuller-bodied wine. The nose is deep and fruity, and in the mouth I detected the pineapple mentioned in the tasting notes. But the real surprise - and delight - of the Blackledge White is the butterscotch fin... Read More

    Wine review by MTB

  • Priam Vineyards Chardonnay Blend Salmon River White NV


    Named for the Salmon River, which flows through the area and nearby Salmon ... ... ... A blend of chardonnay, riesling and muscat grapes, the color is a pale yellow-gold which catches the light nicely. Barrel-fermented, the oak provides a nice smokiness to both the nose and the mouth, which balances nicely with the citrus note Read More

    Wine review by MTB

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 2007


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    Wine review by dmd06f

  • Zimmermann-Graeff Riesling Piesporter Michelsberg 2007


    Pale golden with watery and rim. Citrus and peaches with a bit of bitterness on ... ... this simple but graceful Riesling may be one of your favourite summer wine Read More

    Wine review by Alvina

  • Forestville Riesling 2005


    thick, sweet but not cloyingly so, with typical riesling peach flavors and a nice balance of acid. Finishes with a hint of petrol that you'll find in better German rieslings. I picked this up at a wine outlet for $6, such a steal! Looking forward to having it with some peaches at a summer brunch. Read More

    Wine review by jenastelli711

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