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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  • Carlisle Sonoma Valley Compagni Portis 2014

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    Pale yellow color. Fruity, flowery nosemint, orange blossoms. Apricot and tangerine on the tip of the tongue. Some Gewurz spicethe blend really settles that down. Some mineral hints, mid-palate. Very nice acid refreshment. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Peter Brum Liebfraumilch 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by fduran11


  • Surprised nobody's mentioned him so far so I'll throw Gravner into the ... a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling Italico, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. The Ribolla wine comes from the autochthonous Ribolla Gialla varietal. Rosso Gravner is a blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. The reviews are mixed - some rate his whites as the best in Ital... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • Schmitt Sohne Riesling Spatlese 2012

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    Considering the source and the price point this was quite good - especially when paired with a freshly made fruit salad. Plenty of apple notes with citrus and associated sweetness. Clean cut acidity gives a refreshing mouthfeel to the finishj. Drink now - Paul 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Great wine and lots of it available also!!  Great with cold pasta plates, fruit salads and the like...or of course just because you want to drink it.  Happy sipping! Read More

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  • Elk Cove Estate Riesling 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by rverant


  • Ferngrove Off-Dry Riesling Frankland River 2015

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    Aromatic aromas of petrol and tea leaf with delicate peach and green apple up front. Carries a definite touch of sweetness in the mouth with loads of puckering acidity and lemon flavors, more petrol notes, white grape and a tropical finish with more lemon pith and some melon notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Dr L Dry 2014

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    As usual this was a superb example of how to take great grapes, make a ton of great wine and price it a price that everyone can enjoy. Green apples, citrus and lemon dominate the nose and palate leading to a wonderful finish that is both lengthy and mouthwatering. Drink now - drink forever. Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Welcome, Rich, and tell us more! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Riesling


  • Having a 2014 Dr. Loosen Riesling from Bernkastle along the Moselle River, Germany. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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