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

  • Germany

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

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

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Riesling on Snooth

  • Starling Castle Riesling 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Crisp light fruity, not normally a white wine fan but love this one! Read More

    Wine review by bencj


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Organic Riesling 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Pale yellow in colour, this wine has a perfumed scent of lime, green apple, and a hint of apple vinegar and cinnamon; on the palate there is refreshing acidity with lime and generic citrus notes with some cake spice and apple. Mosel-like balance with a hint of sugar. Slightly more density and this wine punches with the very best. Delicious and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • This article should help you out in your quest JD: ... match - maybe an off-dry Riesling.Less traditional, but a must stop on any Philly sandwich tour is Paesano's - they are relatively new and a little more creative. Their "Paesano" is not only the best "steak" sandwich in the city but maybe the best sandwich I've ever eaten: Beef Brisket, Hor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pairing Suggestion for...


  • Crystal Creek Cellars Riesling 2012

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    I only got on this website to say that I have recently purchased two bottles of Crystal Creek Riesling. While I am not an expert on wines' I greatly enjoy Riesling wines and I would like to say that Crystal Creek is the best I have tasted in many years. Keep up the good work. Read More

    Wine review by 1536899fredkasey 1536899 fredkasey


  • Water Fire Cellars Riesling 2013

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    Decent riesling. Similar to those on the old mission. Enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Packing my bags for the East Coast this week. First stop, and what I'm asking for help with is something to pair with Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. What I'm thinking starts with an S but there must be other things I'm not thinking of.Also just found out one of my wife's relatives just passed her level one Somm course. What should I bring to tr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pairing Suggestion for...


  • I am reading Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World: A Complete Wine Course. ... I really like them! I had a Riesling from Alsace yesterday -- I loved i Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I'm new here -- I am excited to learn from all of you! Read More

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  • Kings Ridge Riesling 2009

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    Slightly sweet with a bit of "grapey" flavor. Kind of flat and could use a bit more acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • D'Arenberg White Blend Mclaren Vale the Stump Jump 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • 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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