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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  • Germany

    Germany is the producer of some of the most admired wines in the world. These are its Rieslings...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Rhine

    The Rhine (Rhein in German, Rhin in French) is a major river that gives its name to a Tafelwein...

  • Austria

    Austria is located in the heart of Europe and is known for incredibly dry whites of exceptional ...

  • Alsace

    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Mosel

    The Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, now called simply the Mosel, is the best-known wine-producing region in G...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • New Zealand

    The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and ...

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    Although vineyards had belonged to the Weis family for centuries, Nicolaus Weis (vintage 1905,...

  • Moselland

    It is a vital to us that we have control over producing our own grapes. From grape to finished wi...

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

    A 600+ year old winery situated in the German Rheinhessen region of the Rhine. Family owned and ...

  • Müller-Catoir

    Surprisingly flavoursome; full-bodied and very racy, rich in extract and with a fruity acidity st...

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Riesling on Snooth

  • I have almost no experience with aging trockens, though lots with generic ... ... ... though, well made German rieslings age very well. I was just drinking some spatleses, beerenausleses and trockenbeerenausles from the '60s and '70s last week. A friend of a friend had over-damp cellar issues and none of the labels were in good shape and in ve... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How long will a good dry...


  • Good advice, thanks...think I will include more of a range. Read More

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  • Specifically thinking of Schafer-Frohlich's Felseneck Trocken GG.I'm guessing 15+ in 750, 25+ in Magnum.'12 is my son's birth year so I'm thinking this will be as good as it gets for price/quality, and with a strong vintage in Germany. Read More

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  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by NealS


  • Hosmer Dry Riesling 2012

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • Wiemer Dry Riesling 2012

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • Lamoreaux Landing Dry Riesling 2012

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  • Welcome to the Forum WW.  Of the wineries that you listed as tentative ... ... like Syrah, Sangiovese, Riesling or Zinfandel at one or the other of these.  Now I'm going to share my prejudice.  Of the three, my favorite is Keenan for a couple reasons.  I like the simple very casual approach to their tasting room.  The tasting room is in the b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Birthday trip to Napa


  • Hello all! This forum and website has been very helpful to me since I found it last year, I'm glad to finally join. I will be taking my first trip to Napa in June for my birthday with a couple of friends! I will be looking for unique and/or big, oaky red and white wines on a budget.We will be staying at the Old World Inn, and tentatively have vi... Read More

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  • Riesling Peter Zemmer 2011

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    Dry. Aromas of lime zest, Petrol, calcium and limestone. The fruit and minerality are well balanced. Medium bodied with high acidity. Read More

    Wine review by stephen2208


  • 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

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  • 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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