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


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    Wine review by jeneric

  • Bonny Doon Vineyard Riesling Washington Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2006


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    Wine review by dlauritzen

  • Hello! I'd figured this is the "introduce yourself" page and I might as well just do that.I'm a twenty-something year old gal. My family has been in the wine business for quite sometime and I am finally enjoying all the wonderful wines out there. I mostly taste wines with my fiancee and we definetely like to pair our wines with dinner.I like to ... Read More

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  • Anapamu Cellars Riesling Sonoma County Late Harvest 1998


    Rich nutty nose of honey and lavender. Losing its acidity, but still has some tartness and is very viscous and treacly. Past its prime, but good for its age / price. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Halbtrocken 2004


    I have not had very many Riesling but I must say that this one has left wanting to try more in the future. Very light golden color and light to medium bodied. Hints of tropical fruits on the nose and tastes of apple and citrus that lasted throughout. Finish was somewhat abrupt but left you wanting to take another sip. This wine was paired with s... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • Ste. Chapelle Riesling Ice Wine Reserve Series 2004


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    Wine review by Skyla78

  • Barefoot Riesling Premier NV


    I loved this wine. I consistently go to barefoot as a 'grocery store wine' and ... and when I saw they had a Riesling I tried it and was very pleasantly surprise! This is now my favorite of Barefoot's wines and one of my favorite wines under 10$ Read More

    Wine review by greenfiremangos

  • Jackson Estate Marlborough Dry Riesling 2004


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    Wine review by shot2pieces

  • Prager Riesling Smaragd Achleiten 2007


    I tasted this wine at Masa's in San Francisco.Big thanks to the sommelier, who, I must say, is a master.I am sure at least half a star of this restaurant is his. The wine has a very good balance, both mineral and fruity, with and excellent sense of equilibrium and a nice finish. You can almost feel the grapes crushing in your mouth, yet this fru... Read More

    Wine review by nrolland

  • So my monthly blind tasting group met this week to sample 2007 German Rieslings, Kabinetts to be specific.2007, while not being overly hyped, is a wine with some pedigree behind it. The bud break was amazingly early but the harvest was right about on time, giving the grapes unheard of hang times. In most vintages, producers in Germany are happy ... Read More

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