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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  • Shine Heinz Eifel Riesling 2012


    White holiday spice and fig aromas with tea leaf and banana on the nose. Bordering on off-dry, this is still a dry wine with a hint of sweetness driven by white grape and peach juice, allspice and star anise. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Back at the home front.Well, the Morroccan dinner last Thursday at Ojai ... ... was the Botrytis affected Riesling served with dessert.  I don't know why I don't enjoy dessert wine more often.On Friday the Jeep wine tour was cancelled because of the storm.  So, just drove off on our own ride.We thought it would be fun to check the waterfall at... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • One Australian wine family is sticking with its roots by serving up the ... ... ... only be a benefit to the riesling-heavy Clare Valley. “I think the two things go hand in glove,” Pike told Beer and Brewer. Photo Credit: nickodoherty, Flickr Creative Commo Read More

    From the article Family History Unfolding: Australian Winery Opens Brewery

  • Schloss Vollrads Riesling Qba Rheingau 2012


    Delicious riesling with a wonderful balance. Delightful and delicate mango flavor. Read More

    Wine review by oxomaikaioxo

  • If you have any doubt that Austrians love their wine, consider the fact that ... ... is white wine such as Riesling, Weissburgunder, Sauvignon Blanc, Gelber Muskatteller and the wines made from their national grape, Grüner Veltliner. Bordering the Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl), the Burgenland is Austria's second largest grape growing region. ... Read More

    From the article On Austria's Burgenland Wine Region

  • Breakups with boyfriends and guilty pleasures haven't quite been the same ... Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Riesling as well as two offerings to go with the summer and winter seasons, respectively: Strawberry Sparkling and Spice. Mercer's is, according to the press document, “100 percent female-owned business”. The wine ice cream idea has become p... Read More

    From the article Wine Ice Cream Getting Scooped After New Release

  • Hazed and confused, it is not.  Yesterday Food Standards Australian ... out on 5000-liter volumes of riesling, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc in 2012. “The costs of Proctase and juice heating are considerably lower than the batch bentonite treatment used in all but the largest wineries,” the release said. Photo Credit: Dennis Jarvis, Flickr Cr... Read More

    From the article New Enzyme Allowance Clears Up Aussie Wine, Budget

  • Gerd Anselmann Pfalz Riesling Kabinett 2012


    This wine was highly touted in a major wine magazine as a 90 point wine. The wine is dilute, simple, short finish, with apple notes and honey but not much else. Lacks acid. My rating 79-80. Whoever rated this a 90 is either corrupt or has no business rating wines. Wasted my money. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Graf Von Schonborn Schloss Schonborn Riesling Qualitatswein Trocken Graf Von Schonborn Riesling 2010


    Clean, almost sterile white grape, peach and green apple aromas with a touch of honey. The palate is ripping with acidity, more green apple and watermelon, lemon and lime. It's quite dry, with a floral note of crushed sunflowers and white pepper. The nice long finish comes with more lemon notes and a bit of yeast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Wehlener Riesling Spatlese 20 2009


    Classic Riesling aromas of petrol, honeysuckle and fresh mountain air. There's a bit of dissolved CO2 in the bottle, giving an added freshness to this already lively bottle, hints of floral sweetness grace the palate but they're balanced well by a zippy acidity, green apples and apricots. Fans of German Riesling will not be disappointed - this i... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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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