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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  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Upshot Red Blend Sonoma County 2015


    Powerful and expressive aromatics of red currant, black cherry and oak shavings with milk chocolate and black pepper heat. Juicy blackberry and black currant flavors on the palate with warm cinnamon and cloves notes, a touch of licorice, mixed berry and warm maple flavors, finishing with a dose of cream soda, cherry and thick tannic structure. G... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Crane Lake Riesling 2015


    Sweet riesling. Read More

    Wine review by Bergeist

  • Marathon Sparkling NV


    Such a palate pleasing sparkling. I recently had a dry Riesling at Alinea, so I thought I'd try this sparkling dry Riesling. It did not disappoint. No metallic, no yeast. Read More

    Wine review by rootstock18

  • Saarstein Riesling Mosel 2013


    Crisp peach, pear and apple aromas, hints of stony minerality and light citrus. In the mouth, this is full of citrus fruit notes, tart and plush - with tangerine, lemon and grapefruit alongside notes of stone fruit and green apple. Juicy acidity freshens the palate and leaves a creamy texture on the finish where theres a bit of almond, pear and ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Geil Scheurebe Riesling Kabinett Rheinhessen 2015


    Warm apple and pear aromas are very aromatic with soft delicate floral notes. Juicy and expressive palate of peach, apple and apricot on the palate - richly developed fruit, pleasant minerality and bold acidity create an excellent balance throughout, finishing with a touch of lime zest and off dry sweetness throughout. 91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Stephen hasn't shown here in awhile, but would be curious about his ... ... ranging from crystalline dry Rieslings, to strapping Barossa Shiraz, to classic honeyed Rutherglen Stickies. Happy hunting! *Please note wines are in the warehouse and will be available Wednesday, 2/21.*John McIlwain Click to view up-to-date inventory on our website →B... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US

  • Whole ____load of Italian whites tonight. Mostly Sicilian, Calabrian and ... ... ... with some Alto Adige riesling thrown in as a curve ball. Many labels I didn't recognize. Sicilian grigio/viognier cheap blend was surprisingly good, with squid/clam/shrimp in garlic and white wine, and swordfish with tomato and capers dishes. Calabrian SB ble... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... bubbled blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris (with its honey and white flower notes highlighted by solid acidity and a rounded lush mouthfeel), pairs perfectly with a big bowl of buttery popcorn -  a necessary nibble when cuddling up on the couch with your n... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines

  • Two Rivers Chateau Deux Fleuves Reisling 2016


    ok for those who are not concerned. BUT: it was chapitalized and no where near a European Riesling. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Deinhard Riesling Green Label 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by Mariacurcio

  • 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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