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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  • Selbach Kabinett Riesling Fish Label 2014

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    fruity and sweet, with apples and honey Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Balthasar Ress Schloss Reichartshausen Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Feinherb Rheingau 2013

    Snoothrank:

    pale gold sheen, light, and tastes of apples and citrus Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Riesling. Trimbach 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Great little number of a drier style Riesling. Wine Maker's notes are quite accurate: 'On the nose, fine mineral fragrance with ginger, caraway seed, underripe pineapple, and flowers. There are flavors of white peach, quince and lemon on the palate with a lingering, clean and dry finish.' I liked its dry rather than sweet profile. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... ... cabernet sauvignon, and riesling (yes, riesling!) in the rustic production building at Smith-Madrone. Ehlers Estate produces Bordeaux-style wines from their organic, estate vineyards, including their atypical 100% petit verdot. Madrigal Family Winery, payin... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Columbia Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Walla Walla Valley: a triumvirate of ... ... finish. Viento 2012 Dry Riesling ($20)The Columbia Gorge vines this fruit came from had 31 years of age on them. White flowers and bits of linseed oil are apparent on the nose. Peach and dried apricot flavors are abundant through the palate. White pepper and cont... Read More

    From the article Washington & Oregon Wines Tread the Line


  • (Updated to add a couple pics)Another great day in the Willamette ... ... Lemelson.  A decent dry Riesling, a very good rose of Pinot and several good '13 pinots were on the tasting menu. We purchased a bottle of the rose and one Thea's Selection pinot.Now on to Soter where we were greeted at the door with a taste of their pinot rose. We were ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wineries to visit in Newberg, OR


  • Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Spatlese Rheingau 2012

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    lemon meringue and postage stamp on the nose. Full round and rich in the mouth with loads of green apple and a splash of green watermelon with a dash of red pear. Salty brine on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Among the sparklers, Jacquesson's GVS beat out the Schramsberg BdN, though ... almost always prefer German riesling versions to the Canadian whatever, though I do drink them, too.Still/dry whites a harder call. As you can see were several virtual flights there. After the sparkling, first dry rieslings, then SB segueing into SB/Semillon, then C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Interestingly, found a Montebello edged out a Dunn from the same mature vintage ... ... Estate Art Series Riesling (Margaret), 2008Henschke Julius Riesling (Eden), 2011Zind Humbrecht Riesling Brand Grand Cru, 2002Klein Constantia SB, 2013Domaine Didier Daguenaux Blanc Fumé de Pouilly, 2004Tyrell’s Old Winery Semillon (Hunter), 2006Chateau La L... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Vereinigte Hospitien Piesporter Goldtrpfchen Riesling Kabinett 2014

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    slight brownish gold, rich fruits but a bit cloying... bit too acidic for my liking 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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