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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  • Tantalus Riesling 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Aerated at Marquis Wines using the usual skullduggery, this wine was a wonderful Granny Smith Apple on the nose and palate - as expected - with the normal tartness. At home, the wine is muted, but savory - with less forward notes as just described. Very Tantalus with bracing acidity and cleansing Malus Domestica flavour. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Dr. Fischer Estate Riesling Mosel 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Tight and fresh, with a hint of classic Riesling minerality, peach and nectarine on the nose. Bordering on sweet in the mouth, with full bodied, round notes of peach, lemon and honeydew melon, touches of grapefruit and a clean steely finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Wine is not the first pairing that comes to mind when you’re talking ... ... ... Gunderloch Jean Baptiste Riesling KabinettRheinhessen, Germany100% Riesling$15, 10.5% abv. Gentle quince notes, light pear flavors, medium sweetness and a gentle finish. The sweet elements balance out nicely against the salty and savory, while the lower alcohol is... Read More

    From the article Brazilian Cuisine is Begging for Wine


  • Dear CommunityToday I want to introduce you(sorry for my bad english) to a very ... this insider winery just the Riesling is truly world class. We are all aware that as an entry in a well-known wine guide costs money every year and these costs for each new wine guide for such a small but top class winery is too much and therefore, unfortunately... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • They are the vagabonds of the winemaking world.  This past Monday, ... ... couple’s only Riesling project to date took place in the Mosel, where they took on the pale German goddess armed with enthusiasm and quick-thinking.  To kick off their harvest, they invited friends to a party in the tasting room of the winery they were renting to make ... Read More

    From the article British Couple Focus on One Wine at a Time


  • While the wine lists of today are California- and Europe-heavy, the wine lists ... like Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and Albariño are stealing the spotlight, and radical new techniques – from anforaged, skin-fermented whites to wines aged in concrete eggs – make for compelling (and sellable) narratives.” Cristaldi then pointed out the influence ... Read More

    From the article Looking Ahead: L.A. Mag Features "Futuristic" Wine List


  • It never hurts to throw around a few facts about French wine at the next ... ... aromatic white wines such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer,” the story said. The list also discussed France’s 19th-century phylloxera outbreak, the tiny fly which brought European vineyards to ruin. “By 1873, the situation was so dire that the French government offe... Read More

    From the article Party Favors: Wine Show Offers Fun Facts About French Wine History


  • Australia finished second behind France in the recent 2015 International Wine ... ... grapes like Semillon and Riesling, and even some top quality sweet and fortified wines,” he said. “Overall, it has been a vintage year for Australia at the IWC.” Heavy-hitter Penfolds scored well with their Chardonnays, taking home gold medals for their 2012 ... Read More

    From the article Australian Wines Take Home Big Haul From Vino Comp


  • 8th Generation Riesling 2013

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    8th Generation wines have been a little more difficult to obtain recently so ... good (modern) expression of Riesling with some German flair. 88-89 points. Will age several years with prudent cellarin Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I'm finally getting around to this.  Last week we spent a few days in ... in ... between us.2013 Dry Riesling--Apricot nose.  Lightly fruity on the tongue, but, to my way of thinking, more semi-dry than the "Dry" on the label.  Sure enough, chatting with the server, he said that yes the 2013 version did have some RS, but he did not give me th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A 3-Hour Edna Valley Tour


  • 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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