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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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Germany

    Germany is the producer of some of the most admired wines in the world. These are its Rieslings...

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  • Alsace

    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

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Riesling on Snooth

  • Schmitt-Sohne Riesling Qba Blue Bottle 2001

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    Wine review by cynci1


  • Hogue Fruit Forward Late Harvest Riesling 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by cynci1


  • In my travels I've come across some wild wine names. I'm glad to be in an industry with a good sense of humor. Some of the ones I'm remembering at the moment:Vinum Cellars CNW (The Chard-No-Way is a Chenin Blanc.)Cooper's Creek Cat's Pee on a Gooseberry Bush (A play on the classic flavors)Fairview Goats do Roam (A play on Côtes du Rhône -- I see... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weird Wine Names


  • Naked Tease Riesling 2006

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    Nice, wooded nose. Off dry with hints of tea leaves. Delicious! Read More

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  • Despite the fact that white wines are ridiculously easier to pair with cheese ... the Sauvignon Blancs, the Rieslings of the world, some people are not at that point.In honor of people who haven't yet found the light-hued wine that touches their heart, this post is about finding them a red to pair with cheeses that seemingly prefer whites.Why ... Read More

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  • Dr. Beckermann Riesling Auslese 2006

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    Hey Philip what if I told you it was only $5..quite nice then huh?Quite a ... ... ... finish. Unless you are a Riesling purist I imagine there are few out there that wouldnt enjoy this effort. I challenge you all to try a bottle and report back with your thought Read More

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  • Pewsey Vale Vineyard Riesling Eden Valley 2007

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    Excellent Australian riesling - beautiful nose of banana, passionfruit and lime with nice acidity. Great value as well. Read More

    Wine review by innA


  • Pölka Dot Riesling 2004

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2006

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  • Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Riesling Estate 2006

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    Spritz to open. Off-dry and lower alcohol than many at 9.5%. Nice peach fruits and good emollient mouthfeel. Not bad, a bit of a cloying finish, but alright. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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