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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  • Banrock Station Riesling 2007


    the perfect definition of a QPR. This wine can actually age which I find shocking in a white wine under $7. Lots of petrol right now. It went great with spicy asian food, but I'm gonna get a few and cellar them. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Riesling Dr. L Dr. Loosen 2007


    Nose of wet pebbles. Very fruity, mineral and crisp. Off dry with a sweet finish. Well balanced and very nice - great value wine Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Honeywood Inc. White Riesling


    A good wine for entertaining or sitting home relaxing. Mostly sweet with sweet flavor and light tropical fruit. Excellent with some appetizers that involve flavorful cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by HB Carter

  • Pyramid Valley Riesling Lebecca Vineyard 2007


    Crystal clear pale straw color. Peach and pear aromas. Bright gentle acidity up front with hints of melon, honey, peaches and cream. Nice structure but just a little sweeter than my tastes. Very nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by jkagel

  • Standing Stone Vineyards Riesling Finger Lakes 2007


    took me a while to get over the region but once i opened the bottle and had my first sip i was pleasantly surprised. it was dry, crisp just right for a nice early spring evening. while not sweet, there is a bit of pineapple and green apple in there. overall a good buy, i will get a couple of more of this one. Read More

    Wine review by schmiddi

  • Viña Cono Sur Gewürztraminer Limited Release 2007


    Lovely, restrained, balanced lychee, soft spice and flowers. Still, there's ... ... Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris wines soon. Just like my advice with Chilean Pinot Noirs, try them now before the critics force prices up over the next several month Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Qba 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by grnutter

  • Emrich-Schönleber Riesling Trocken Monzinger 2007


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    Wine review by melwall

  • Devonian White NV


    Easy-drinking, dry every day wine. Read More

    Wine review by MelissaDobson

  • Clean Slate Riesling 2007


    A terrific buy! Aromas of apple blossom with a crisp, mineral taste that is very enjoyable. A bubbly feel and a tad sweet. Love it! Read More

    Wine review by cgibbons

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