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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Riesling on Snooth

  • Thanksgiving wine pairing can be tough. With tons of different flavors and lots ... perfect wine. Pinot Noir, Riesling and Beaujolais are always near the top of the most recommended list, while Carmenere and Gewurztraminer  seem to be this year's trendy picks. Ever popular varieties like Cabernet and Chardonnay always get a good number of shout... Read More

    From the article Off The Beaten Path Thanksgiving Wine Values


  • `Wines should be nimble and refreshing, energizing rather than fatiguing and ... ... why you can pair a sweet Riesling with it as well as a sparkling wine.. I'll probably have Syrah, Zin or Cab or all three, given who I'm having dinner with. If it were someone else, for the same meal, I would have Riesling, Beaujolais and CdP, which is what I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Robert Sinskey Abraxas Vin de Terroir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ren127


  • David, GregT and Dmcker are two of the most knowledgeable contributors to the ... ... I think the idea of a Riesling is terrific, I have to question, though, the idea of Vinho Verde with a Thanksgiving feast.  To my way of thinking the flavors of "all the trappings" pretty much overpower the turkey and most white wines.  I'm thinking here of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Mark--the lighter, slightly frizzante wines (Vinho Verde or Falanghina) are ... ... aperitifs as it were. Riesling is for further into the meal. As are the reds. Obviously we'd need to know the whole menu to be precise. Thus I suggested that old thread I wrote in, as well as others around the site that provide pairings with actual menus. I st... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • You can search past Forum threads for examples of differing wine approaches to ... ... Italy, and half a good Riesling Kabinett from Germany....&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Covey Run Riesling 2010

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    This is a nearly dry Riesling with perhaps 1% RS. Great nose of citrus, pine resin and petrol. Very unusual to find domestic Rieslings with this flavor profile. Could pass for a 10 yr old Kabinett. Holding up well at 4 yrs old. Good acid balance. Fruit is dominated by pine/petrol notes but still does well. My rating --89-90. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Stratus Charles Baker Riesling 2011

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    Stewed white fruit - especially gooseberry - dominates the nose with some incipient petrol. On the palate (especially entry), there is MacIntosh apple acidity and lime. Truly delicious, this wine lacks almost for nothing - maybe just a bit more density. Otherwise, seek out and buy as much as you can find. Few Rhinegau beat this baby... one of C... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • The wine gods have been kind to the evergreen state.  Forecasts for ... Chardonnay, Merlot, white Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon leading the way. At the time, the state had 16,812 planted acres with an average yield of 3.69 tons per acre. Five years later, production had nearly doubled. In 2002, the state harvested 115,000 tons of grapes. Mor... Read More

    From the article Wonders in Washington: Another Big Harvest


  • 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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