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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  • Leonard Kreusch Riesling Sekt Blue Bottle

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    Just labeled Qualitat but this wine drinks like a Kabinett level wine. A touch of sweetness with plenty of balancing acidity. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Eroica Riesling Columbia Valley 2012

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    Tasted Dec 2018....Been saving this one for a number of years now! Coloration is of pale gold, Champagne and hints of slate green, with super clear clarity. Aromas of mature Granny Smith apple, sweet Bartlett Pear, Gooseberry tartness, lime zest, slate rock minerals in the background and rich fungus infected grape. Flavors that follow suit, w... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Adding sugar to wine will make it taste sweet I know, too simplistic, but since ... ... where this can apply are Riesling. Both are rather late-ripening grapes and some years and some places the final acid is higher than most people’s taste in dry wines. That is why you normally find Riesling and Vidal Blanc finished in an off-dry method.Usuall... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Do you add sugar to make...


  • Thanksgiving Dinner NV

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    As the Thanksgiving Day grocery store madness grows closer, who has time to ... Turkey and all the sides! Rieslings can be bone dry to sweet and will pair well to most dishes that are spicy, salty, or sweet in flavor. The core of the Riesling flavors are apple, peach, apricot, and usually a hint of minerality. What makes Riesling special is it... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Spatlese Mosel 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • No sooner than the Fedex driver dropped off our fall Bedrock allocation their ... ... Wirz Vineyard Old Vine Riesling Cienega Valley (x2) &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Don't be shy now... I don't always drink classified growths, the best ... more apropos.  A modest Riesling, a Viognier from Provence, or a good quality (but modestly priced) A. C. Bordeaux will do nicely for me... even a Prosecco over something more dignified like Veuve Clicquot. How about yo Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Every Day Wine?


  • We are enjoying an unusual sunny spell in the Pacific Northwest - but are now ... of white - either a Mosel (Riesling) or a Chardonnay (Chablis).  However, yesterday I plugged for a Chenin Blanc from Vouvray - an excellent example from Champalo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is your choice of white or...


  • I find that the presence or absence of sunshine affects my choice of wine.  Sunny days encourage me to select a soft white; a colder, blustery day has me reaching for a hearty red.  Anyone else suffer from weather-affected wine-drinking disorders? Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling "Eroica" 2016

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    Gift from Circle in 11/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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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