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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  • France

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

  • USA

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

  • Germany

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

  • New Zealand

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

  • Australia

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

  • Austria

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  • South Australia

    South Australia is the strong arm of the Australia wine industry, where the majority of the cou...

  • Alsace

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

  • Mosel

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

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    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

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    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

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      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

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Riesling on Snooth

  • Reverchon Saar Riesling 2012 Riesling Tracken 2012

    Snoothrank:

    A Lot 18 Quarterly Selection. A strange, but not unpleasant meaty/yeasty/umami taste/smell. Crisp green apple and a bit of lime, full mouth feel, and long finish. Off dry and good acidity. Had this alone, but image it would be quite good with food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2009

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    I have never found a wine I like as much as Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling. It is light, refreshing, and perfect for summer. I like it chilled or room temperature. It's also great mixed 50/50 with orange juice. Read More

    Wine review by corkyhart


  • 2013 Santa Barbara Landing Santa Barbara County Riesling 2013

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    Surprisingly good for the money with a beautiful nose of honeysuckle, rose petal and peach. Not quite acid balanced but has fairly rich fruit. Probably 1% RS. A great value. My rating 88. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Fetzer Riesling Goosefoot Road 2012

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    This wine separates itself from other inexpensive Rieslings by being well extracted and having a deep color. The flavor profile is lemon and lime but is missing a bit of acid to balance the probably 2% RS. Nice but not profound. My rating-- 86. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Cedar Creek Winery Waterfall Riesling 2012

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    Sweet-tart. Fruity, mostly citrus. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • Boathouse Vineyards Seas the Day 2013

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    Decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Aurora Cellars Dry Dock 2012

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    Nice riesling Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Blustone Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling 2012

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    a bit sweet, but decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Blustone Vineyards Riesling 2013

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    Decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • 45 North Winery Select Harvest Riesling 2012

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    Quite sweet, but enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • 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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