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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  • Sokol Blosser White Blend Oregon Evolution No. 9 NV


    This is really a great white wine. It has all of the characteristics of a great Riesling without the oily taste you frequently encounter, all of the characteristics of a great pinot grigio without the overly tart side you frequently encounter, all of the soft sweetness of a gewurtztraminer without too much sweetness. It is fabulous with a spicy ... Read More

    Wine review by mikegriffin

  • Fetzer Gewürztraminer California Valley Oaks 2007


    A fine sweet white wine. Very similar to a standard riesling. Read More

    Wine review by bassman

  • Moselland Riesling NV


    The worst German Riesling I've ever tasted- notes of rubber and chemicals. Skip it. Read More

    Wine review by Pymonte

  • Jekel Vineyards Riesling 2007


    I enjoyed this wine. Definitely a strong citrus flavor, and on the sweeter side of most rieslings (though not necessarily for American varieties). We drank it with shrimp korma and chana masala. Yummy. Read More

    Wine review by matthewj

  • As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here at Walla ... ... or the sassy, sexy 2006 Riesling. The Cowgirl Cab, is also a great choice.You can view a list of their chosen causes on the DaMa Wines website.Here are a few statistics about breast cancer in America, courtesy of www.komen.org.2008 Breast Cancer Facts United... Read More

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  • Paumanok Riesling Semi Dry 2007


    Peaches and oranges with a nice crisp acidity. Not overly sweet at all, just softly so. The finish is a little sweeter, but the wine still retains its minerality. 10% alcohol Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Paumanok Riesling Late Harvest 2007


    Thick, syrupy wine full of orange and citrus (line) notes. There's some sweet almond character as well. Good acidity helps keep it balanced, and despite how orangey it comes across it really works. Residual sugar 9%. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • P.J. Valckenberg Riesling 2004


    This was the suggested wine pairing for Wiener Schnitzel at the fabulous Mader's in Milwaukee. It was absolutely wonderful - layers of fruit, not too sweet, a clean finish. Read More

    Wine review by JanT1030

  • Paumanok Dry Riesling 2007


    Inviting floral aromas. Despite the aroma the palate is dry the way I like a riesling with crisp apple flavors and a pleasant herbal quality on the mid-palate (will taste again to try and identify further). Tasted at the winery and ended up buying a bottle. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Aoc Wiebelsberg 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Hawk

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