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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  • Long Shadows Nine Hats Riesling 2013


    I don't want to rate it until I try it so how do I get there from here? Read More

    Wine review by barbioU

  • Colombard and Ugni Blanc are two of the three grapes that are required to make ... wrong.  Like about the Riesling in SA, for one.  Same reason I like to teach continuing legal ed--keeps me honest and makes me go back and re-acquaint myself with the sources.&nbs Read More

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  • Appropos of DM's comment:"Chenin is still king in South Africa, ... ... ... would have thought Riesling was up there, but turns out that a lot of what they thought was Riesling was a French grape called Crouchen Blanc.  Get your hands on that and we'll talk "completely different." Still, more Colombard than SB.  By acre, it's pretty close, bu... Read More

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  • Okay, SIWBM bites the dust.  Bought a half case of Stonestreet's 2012 ... 2007 Bergstrom Dr. Bergstrom Riesling (Oregon, a total crap shoot at like $13), 2012 Fratelli Giacosa Roero Arneis at $10.  Second Arneis I've bought recently--I had a fantastic Arneis from Brovia while chatting with Clay Mauritson a few weeks ago, and wound up buying a ... Read More

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  • Ryan Patrick Ryan's Riesling 2013


    Classic riesling phenolics on the nose with pleasant aromatics of lemon and pineapple with floral notes as well. Cool ripe apple and tangerine flavors in the mouth, showing a nice touch of sweetness and tart spice flowing through as well, leaving a warming spice and touches of yeast and pleasant minerality on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Winding down with some Stony Hill tonight...2013 White Riesling is still a little too young, as it improves with air. Still love the balance and purity of the wine. Just a little tartness to the fruit, just a little residual sugar, with good acidty and flesh to the pear and green apple fruit. Finishes with nice length and persistence. Raised 6 m... Read More

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  • Selbach Incline 2014


    A ton of clean fruit flavors, leaning toward green apple and white citrus. The mineral notes kick in towards the finish to keep it fresh and vibrant. An excellent effort!92 points Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt

  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most ... ... like Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, or Pinot Noir, which are dominant personalities and always identifiable no matter where they're grown. It's kind of in the middle, with broad characteristics that I'm sure people will disagree with.From some warm places, like the ... Read More

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  • Emrich-Schonleber Riesling Trocken Monzinger Halenberg 2013


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • A. Christmann Riesling Idig Grosses Gewachs 2012


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • 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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