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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  • Schlink Haus Riesling Spatlese 2014


    Both acidic and sweet, the perfect combination! Read More

    Wine review by 2109794thebottle 2109794 thebottle

  • Schlink Haus Riesling Deutscher Qualitatswein 2009


    Slightly fruity, crisp and refreshing. Outstanding Riesling. Read More

    Wine review by 2109794thebottle 2109794 thebottle

  • Dr. Hans Von Muller Riesling 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by lonnie adams

  • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Riesling Qba Mosel Noble House 2014


    Semi-sweet and loaded with apples, lemongrass and schisty minerality this lingers nicely on a beam of good acidity. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • I actually know most of the wines. And I'd go with Hungarian wine since ... ... It's a blend of Olaszriesling and Riesling with a bit of Gewurtztraminer. It's fragrant and may have a touch of RS. It's an ancient winery, dating back to something like 900 AD.The Cserszegi Fuszeres is another that is kind of fragrant. Not like a Muscat, but it ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching Challenge 5: what...

  • Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken 2013


    The 2013 Zeltinger Himmelreich Mosel from Selbach-Oster is just beginning to show a little petrol and spiced apple sauce on the nose; entry is acidic but balanced with a little dollop of sugar on the finish. A little ginger seems present - though nothing as strong as Lebkuchen (that wouldn't be good). 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • J. Meyer Rheinhessen Germany Riesling 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Haven't put up one of these in awhile. This time will make things more specific and real, in that you will need to imagine you're hosting a meal at this restaurant in London's Soho. It's something I did a few times during my period of busy London business visits at the end of the '80s through early last decade. The first time I sweated a bit bec... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching Challenge 5: what...

  • Weingut Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spatlese 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by pinturic

  • Ottes Lorcher Krone Riesling Spätlese 2013


    sweet, honeyed wine, with nose of radish herbs Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • 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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