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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  • Yesterday we conducted another wine tasting party at our friends Sally & ... Sauvignon, two Viogniers, a Riesling, a Pinot Grigio, a Norton, a Cabernet Franc, and a Merlot / Cabernet Franc blend.  The favorite of the group was our 2012 Glen Manor T. Ruth - the Merlot / Cabernet Franc red blend.  We brought the prize bottle (2009 Muse Vineyards... Read More

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  • Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Spatlese Rheigau 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


  • Moselland Riesling Black Cat Zeller Schwarze Katz 2011

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    A very nice Riesling, not too dry or sweet. (The kitty bottle is a nice touch and makes a great decorative item after it's empty.) Read More

    Wine review by ReverendEntity


  • St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Mosel Old Vines Nik Weis 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off ... ... served to match wines. Riesling is slightly sweet but the Pinot Gris is crisp and clean. The Chardonnay comes from the Celila vineyard--enough said. Other selections include pinot, cab and red blend.Additional stopsYakima: Gilbert (take the time to go to the Hack... Read More

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  • "Beginning of the week, trying to come back to earth from all that great ... dash of cold water after the riesling luxury of recent days. How many bottles did you bring/ship bac Read More

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  • Cupcake Reisling 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Yesterday was Kientzheim day. I looked into renting a car for a day trip, ... I'm really digging the Rieslings here, some are bright and acidic with a good bit of citrus and green apple, others are more subtle, showing more body, less bite but still with a good bit of bracing acid to add an edge to the rounds.   After Paul Blanck we walked tow... Read More

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  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate 2014

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    Mild acidity, with flavors of dried apple, ripe pear and melon that are well-spiced. Read More

    Wine review by Hank


  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stubs66


  • 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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