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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  • Those who know Riesling intimately, and drink it often, can argue that the top Rieslings are some of the greatest white wines in the world. It is interesting to think about its greatness in comparison to another top white variety – Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a chameleon, having a great affinity for expressing winemaking techniques and terroir whi... Read More

    From the article Australian Riesling: No One Formula for a Great Wine


  • One has to be careful with Sekt... a few big companies like Henkels dominate ... ... Sekt mostly out of Riesling. In Germany those are called "Winzersekt" (meaning they are made by small winemakers, not big companies). Those can be great values and show another amazing side of the Riesling grape.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...


  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine more and more lately. It's a festive drink with high drinkability and pleasure, provided you are drinking within the wine's general drinking window. I can remember my eldery godmother saying on one of our visits that she couldn't drink wine anymore due to her stomach is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...


  • Strato Monterey County Riesling 2013

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Pale Gold in the Glass. Opens with Oak, Cinnamon and Baking Yeast; moves on to Vanilla and a sweet Bubblegum; then finishes with some Slate, Half & Half and more Vanilla. Long smooth finish with Oak and Vanilla along with Pear, Tropical Fruit, and Hibiscus.Had this alone, but would work well with Asian and oth... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Azienda Agricola Monte del Fra Ca del Magro Custoza DOC Superiore 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • ProWein, the annual wine and spirits fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the ... the ... Weingut Domdechaney Riesling VDP 2014 There are many reasons why Germany is known for its Riesling. This is one of them. White flower and lychee fruit aromas scream from the nose. The super concentrated palate is loaded with a host of dried and fresh stone fr... Read More

    From the article We Know Where To Find The World's Best Wines


  • EMark - comparing an Italian Pinot Bianco to a German Riesling, was there some RS in that PB? Not noted on the label, v v, but if I were  betting man. . . . Read More

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  • DM, that Elpenor label actually reminded me more of a children's book we ... ... Pinot Bianco to a German Riesling, was there some RS in that PB?Steamed up some mussels this evening along with grilled asparagus (the best way to eat asparagus IMHO).This was just an excellent bottle of Santa Ynez Marsanne/Roussanne from Qupe.  The nose is very d... Read More

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  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Dr L Dry 2014

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    Intriguing cool tropical fruit aromas with banana, papaya and melon and floral notes of rose petal and honeysuckle. Brightly acidic in the mouth and leading with green apple and pear flavors, a hint of melon and a finish that's ever so slightly creamy with notes of lemon zest. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • My wife bought a few wines today...her first such purchases in years (the last ... ... I've always liked Riesling most while not feeling 100%, or after a night of drinking. In this case, it was the latte Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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