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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  • Joseph Händler Riesling 2013


    I enjoyed his quite a bit, but I am not sure if I got a little residual sinus headache in the morning. Another bottle would clear up that internal dispute. Nice balance of fruit and acidity. I will give this a higher rating if there is indeed no headache next time. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Giesen Riesling 2013


    Light petrol and green apple aromas with some orange blossom. Melon and peach flavors are bordering on off-dry with some tangerine juice and pink grapefruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual ... 11% Gewürztraminer, 10% Riesling, 10% Bacchus. If you like playing tricks on your wine geek friends, serve this to them blind and have them guess. I will bet you a bottle (or even a case) that they won't come anywhere close to naming either the predominant variety or the... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future

  • Congrats on getting FatBoy logistics smoothed out.Have had Txacoli in ... A ... ... A German (not Alsatian) riesling, or French chenin blanc, or oaked chardonnay Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Mark, from looking at your linked article the plane we were in most likely was ... ... Valley white blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains. Edel = noble and Zwicker = blen Read More

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  • About the only thing as sweet as ice wine for Canadian Olympic figure skater ... ... personal favorite is Riesling.” How sweet is for the young star, who debuted his wine in partnership with Flat Rock Cellars, the story said.  The wine is called “On Ice” and is made from Riesling harvested in the Niagra Peninsula. Chan's vino venture isn't th... Read More

    From the article Ice Wine Natural Fit for Figure Skating Silver-Medalist

  • Balthasar Ress Hattenheim Schuetzenhaus Rheingau Riesling 2012


    This good Rheingau vintage (2012) shows nicely in this Kabinett wine from Hattenheim - one of the best Gebiete in the region (Bereich). The colour is copper-yellow with a nose of gooseberry jam and apple sauce. On entry, there is an overlay of icing sugar (dilute) with apple peel, kiwi and gooseberry on the palate. Some petrol notes are in evid... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Charles Smith Kungfu Girl 2013


    This off-dry riesling is smooth, slightly sweet, and just enough spicy kick to make it a summertime staple. Read More

    Wine review by fraukeiser

  • Yesterday, The Guardian reporter Fiona Beckett threw down the corkscrewed ... ... wrote. “Varieties like riesling, pinot gris and viognier are periodically touted but I just don't see it happening” What Beckett does see happening is the emergence of the Italian dark horse. “I have a hunch that there's one wine that could do it: vermentino, whi... Read More

    From the article Guardian Says Vermentino a Contender for the Sauv Blanc Throne

  • Amid the cavalcade of summer wine recommendations flooding the vino world these ... of Stag's Hollow 2014 Riesling, a British Columbia wine which has its own Canadian nuances. “Stag's Hollow's take on the grape hits all of the notes we expect from a local bottle of the good stuff,” Kolt wrote. “Aromatics of lime leaf and lemon peel lead into gr... Read More

    From the article Four Wines for the Summer: Vancouver Paper Gives Recommendations

  • 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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