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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  • A little more context can be found for the East Bay turkey infestation here. ... ... and pick up some PN or riesling to accompany--five or 10 minutes and the main and wine are covered, faster than supermarket shopping since the meat's already curbside, and very fresh to boot! ;-)&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Dry Riesling 2016

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    A bit shy on the nose but was totally dry and a little shrill. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Galileo once said “Wine is water, held together by sunlight.” With ... makes the 240 Days wines; a Riesling, dry Rose, and Cabernet Franc. By night, she is the owner of Trestle Thirty One, a high end boutique wine brand making age worthy dry Riesling. In 2014, Cadamatre was named to Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 under 40 list and has numerous 90+ s... Read More

    From the article The Water and Your Wine


  • Alsace les Faitieres Riesling 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local wine shop [www.boroughwines.co.uk ] for £12. Alsace is an appellation created in 1962,althogh there has been viticulture here since at least the medieval era,producing mainly white wines in the east of France by the German border. Indeed at some periods of history it was part of Germany and therefore the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Had a little going away party for a friend that is moving to Jefferson City, ... City, ... with a bottle of riesling that got broken and this:I don't know why but I like cheap Vinho Verde and the same for Gruner Veltliner.  Good - but cheap is fine for me.  This was good.Then we did this with food - lottsa Italian food:Left to right - the Til... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Donnhof Riesling Qba Trocken 2015

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    See article on German Rieslings Read More

    Wine review by sobrien3sd


  • This past spring I took my very first wine trip to Germany. Before I took off, ... principally, on one grape: Riesling.Riesling is clearly the country’s most important and most representative grape. This is the variety that is most widely planted and the one that best expresses the uniqueness of Germany’s different territories and the identity... Read More

    From the article The Many Sides of German Wine


  • G.d. Vajra Langhe Bianco Petracine 2010

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    I've known this Riesling since it was a teenager in Vergne and I have been privileged to experience it as it -- and the siblings who now make it with their parents -- grew and matured in style. I'll leave all the almonds, minerals, and other notes to the experts and just say that this is a beautiful representation of Riesling from Piemonte. It i... Read More

    Wine review by VillaArneis


  • Heinz Eifel Shine Riesling Rheinhessen 2016

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    Vanishing peach aromas with light minerality. This has a lot of fresh fruit flavors on entry, honeyed pear, fresh melon and tangerine blossom with a bit of sweetness coming through on the mid palate and a light, creamy textured finish. Very pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Grand Traverse Michigan Late Harvest Riesling 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Steves Wines


  • Some more Riesling words and wines if you like: http://www.winewriting.com/2012/06/australia-riesling.html http://www.winewriting.com/2012/04/austria-weingut-sepp-moser.html http://www.winewriting.com/2011/02/darting-estate-riesling-vs-rhone.html http://www.winewriting.com/2011/11/germany-reichsrat-von-buhl-grand-cru.html http://www.winewriting...

    Comment by 274063Richard M James 274063 Richard M James


  • anyone ever try Chateau Ste. Michelle's harvest select reisling

    Comment by 878999joe the wine oh 878999 joe the wine oh


  • This Sunday at the Amsterdam Market in NYC: 30 New York wineries showcase their wines: http://www.newamsterdammarket.org/index_november/12.05_market.html. Nice opportunity to taste some good NY Riesling.

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • I am trying to locate, KRUCK, Riesling 2008

    Comment by 463822Delland 463822 Delland


  • Dear Friends of the Good Grape, if you happen to live in the NYC area, here is a walk for you: http://www.grapesandgrainsnyc.com/2010/07/08/summer-of-riesling-wine-bar-crawl/ Best, Der Kellermeister

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • Try www.wine-searcher.com

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen


  • Where can I find a Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling in the Sacramento area?

    Comment by 215948holliwouldnt 215948 holliwouldnt


  • Westhofener Kirchspiel Auslese Riesling (www.winesforhumanity.com) from Germany. The bouquet of this full-bodied and at the same time graceful. Riesling is characterised by gooseberries and currants, underscored by a distinctive minerality and earthy notes. A selection with a lot of structure and volume. The delicate sweetness and the stable ...

    Comment by 261764mmgalilei 261764 mmgalilei


  • I live in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY where some of the best rieslings in the world are made, yet I don't see a single NYS riesling in your list.

    Comment by 388545notgibson 388545 notgibson


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