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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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Abrau Riesling 2014

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    sweet citrus and red apple nose; pomelo, red orange taste; crispy feijoa ... ... about bitterness of Russian riesling but this is definitely not the case - very nice win Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • This was dinner on Saturday night with friendsStarted with a platter of Salami, ... 2010 Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling was an excellent maturing Riesling from the Eden Valley in SA and showed that under screw cap we are not seeing the flat spot we used to see from Rieslings under cork as they went from young 1-3 to older day plus 8 years.  Defi... Read More

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  • Amalaya Torrontes Riesling 2016

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    Plenty of torrontes tropical fruit expressions here - floral and citrus with a touch of sweet to viscosity and acisity. Well done - drink now - 90 points - Paul; Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • It’s no secret that we love German wines, but there’s more to them ... ... more to Germany than Riesling.It’s no wonder that Riesling is Germany’s most widely planted grape variety. Wine drinkers around the world simply adore the stuff and demand is high. The cold-hardy variety is native to Germany and it’s behind some of the world’s most bel... Read More

    From the article Expert Reveals German Wine Secrets


  • D - Bests and BindiBoth excellent family wine businessesThe 2 Bindi ... in ... in your take on itBests1993 Riesling - Under cork a risk and at 24 years probably past its best - again recent vitnges are OK I had a 15 2 weeks ago and was a very good drink made with good acid to age well and screw cap keeps it fresh1982 Bin 0 - The Bin 0 is a ver... Read More

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  • Riesling, sherry, and claret, most likely. Those are what Queen Victoria liked.And according to some, that was the golden age of wine. Gladstone reduced tarriffs on wine in the mid 1800s, hoping to turn Brits into wine lovers and not beer lovers or even worse, gin fanatics. In the late 1800s gin was like crack in the 1980s and 90s. Eventually, t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Historical Wine Question


  • Hello,I am a writer working on a historical piece, and wondered if anyone had any ideas about what fine wines and champagnes Londoners would have been drinking in the late 1930s. Surprisingly hard to find!Thanks,Alan Read More

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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... of ... 1993 Great Western Riesling Concongella Vineyard  |  4 in stock  |  $39.99 Bindi 2008 Chardonnay Composition Macedon Ranges  |  3 in stock  |  $39.99 Bindi 2011 Chardonnay Quartz Macedon Ranges  |  4 in stock  |  $39.99 Lucci, Domaine 2011 South Australia... Read More

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  • Weinkellerei Gustav Decker Riesling Fruchtig Pfalz 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Now the wines, but first the food - the Chimichuri steak and the ribs and the ... citrus perks up and touch of riesling adds a little savoriness.  Fruit salad pairing went well.Better than expected:The bonarda was bigger and loaded with dark berry fruit, chewy tannins, mocha. The malbec was floral, spicey with plenty of fruit.  Both are worth ... Read More

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  • 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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