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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  • Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Riesling Spätlese Ürziger Würzgarten 2001


    Sweet and very mineral. Oily and viscous with great petrol flavors. Well aged, yet still sprightly acidic with a bit of a spritz too. Great. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • My 1,000th wine rated on Snooth! Thanks, Greg, for sharing. Who's next to cross 1,000 wines here? Greg is moving fast, but there are a few people over 750 at the moment, so we'll see...As you can see from the image below, its got a beautiful amber color and you can just see the oxidation in it:!http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3004/2990396604_f3af... Read More

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  • Schloss Johannisberger Grunlack Spätlese Rheingau 1971


    Deep amber with a very madirized nose - thickly sweet and oxidized. Retains good acidity and some of the minerality, and even has a touch of fruit (green apples). Very nice to try, but clearly past its prime.Oh...and my 1,000th wine reviewed on Snooth! Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Schloss Johannisberger Grunlack Spätlese Rheingau 1971


    While obviously past it's prime, this was relatively low fill bottle, the nose still offered up notes of bookbinder's glue, parchment, chipped varnish and old dried orange peel with an over-arching depth of maderized tones. In the mouth the wine presented a distinctly fresher profile with it's vibrant acidity supporting a touch of fresh apple fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Serve the wine at the right temperatureOne frequently reads that red wines ... ... most other whites such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio.One thing to keep in mind is that soap residue, off odors from the storage cabinet and even heavily chlorinated water from the tap can all have a large impact on your appreciation of a wine. A... Read More

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  • Niersteiner Bergkirche Riesling Kabinett Guntrum Rheinhessen 2006


    "Fine pale lemony yellow, floral, slightly spicy and hints of dry honey ont he ... ... Steven Spurrier.This DRY Riesling cannot be compared with any of the wines recommended below as "similar wines", since this Riesling is DRY, whereas all the wines recommended below have a certain amount of residual sweetness. - Since this comment comes from ... Read More

    Wine review by guntrum

  • By far the most famous appellation in California, and for that matter in the ... north. Pinot Noir and even Riesling have found a home in the Oak Knoll District.Coombsville - Like Calistoga this is an AVA in waiting. Located to the southeast of the Oak Knoll District. Thin and rather small this district combines aspects of the southern regions... Read More

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  • Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2006


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    Wine review by smibrian

  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine 1999


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    Wine review by ChefPrivato

  • Seppelt Riesling 2005


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