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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  • J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling 2004


    Just a hing of effervescence. Nice and bright. This is probably one of my all-time favorite whites. (I prefer reds). This is a great, light wine to drink on a warm summer day. Read More

    Wine review by tj schultz

  • D'Arenberg White Blend Mclaren Vale the Noble Viognier Semillon Marsanne Riesling 2005


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    Wine review by n8540

  • Brotherhood Riesling 2007


    An off-dry wine with good acidity to keep it in balance. Floral and light with a beautiful sweet finish. Its a classy off-dry wine, not some sickly monster. Highly recommended and a good example of a New York Reisling. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • I love Marco Negri. Does anyone have any other recommendations? Any would be greatly appriciated. Thank you all. Read More

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  • Melsheimer Riesling Spätlese Schäf Reiler Mullay-Hofberg 2006


    Dry Riesling with a hint of Pear on the nose and a healthy dose of grapefruit in the mouth. Nice for summer. Read More

    Wine review by Scoobydoo

  • While I was out in Oregon I was able to sample some nice wines from a number of ... ... Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Gris wines. Lemelson's approach to Pinot Noir is that it is a delicate grape and should be treated with kid gloves. To accomplish this, they wanted the juice to be handled only by gravity, so they designed their g... Read More

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  • Ponzi Vineyards Riesling Willamette Valley 2007


    Light floral nose. The palate is crisp and bright with a hint of sweetness and ... some butter/vanilla. A solid Rieslin Read More

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  • What does one pair with a well-spiced but not hot ground pork kebab paired with asparagus served with a tomato cumin salsa and cilantro-yoghurt cream. I was leaning towards a white... any suggestions Read More

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  • Okay, I've gotten to the point where I can admit that I love wine. However, I ... I ... St. Michelle Eroica Riesling$25 ($14 to $22 on sale)I eat a lot of spicy foods and Rieslings go with spicy foods. This is a standout because I found it at Beverages & More (www.bevmo.com) with a serious sale price ($15). Always highly rated and loved by... Read More

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  • I was trading messages with Irishgirl over this and we thought we'd start a thread.My take - yeah, they certainly dont carry the cachet of a real cork, but once its open no one really notices. Also, i'm known for being a bit of a cheapo - i was seen drinking wine out of a tetrapak box recently... Read More

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