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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  • I spent my first afternoon in Pfalz strolling through the quaint village of ... ... be enjoying a bounty of Riesling (presumably with an abundance of sausage and sour kraut) all week. I was wrong. Pfalz is a dynamic region full of surprises – most notably a tension between tradition and modernity.A quarter of all vineyard plantings in Pflaz i... Read More

    From the article The Must-Visit Wine Region Full of Surprises


  • As a long-time resident of Philadelphia, trips to “Wine Country” ... ... has some of the best Rieslings I have tasted in the region (their Lot 11 Series is superb), and a Tawny Port that rivals some of the top wines from Portugal.Staying on Seneca Lake, Glenora Wine Cellars produces some fantastic sparkling wines using the fairly rare transfe... Read More

    From the article This world-class wine region was in my backyard.


  • Sometimes overlooked for its larger and better-known neighbors, the Nahe is ... ... for distinctive, elegant Riesling. Just over a quarter (29%) of the 4,200 hectares of vines in the Nahe are planted to Riesling, clinging to steep slopes climbing from the banks of the river.Müller-Thurgau, the grape created by Swiss Botanist Hermann Müller in... Read More

    From the article The German Wine Region You've Probably Overlooked


  • Well the Dirty and Rowdy night didn't happen - been really sick with an ... 2016 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling - wonderful notes of lemongrass, melon, citrus and minerality.  Good finishing acidity.  Well done.The 2012 Abstract and the Simi 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sasuvignon.  The Abstract, a blend,  was BIG and powerful.  Dark berry... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Emma Reichart Riesling 2016

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    a gorgeous bottle from TJ's store - taste smoother than regular Riesling, still crispy. A bit sweety nose, compact and deep. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Blue Fish Sweet Riesling Pfalz 2014

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    Light melon, mineral slate and classic Riesling petrol. Mild crisp apple and lemon notes with a fresh and light mouthfeel and a soft finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Alisios Seival Estate Pinot Grigio Riesling Brazil 2017

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    Lightly floral with notes of beeswax and fleshy peach, some citrus and melon notes as well. Tart and refreshing in the mouth with loads of lemon and grapefruit, wet clay and a stony slate finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I don’t see nearly enough sparkling wine from Brazil on restaurant menus ... ... Pinot Noir, and Italian Riesling, also known as Welschriesling or Gravesina. The latter-most delivers Brazil’s signature twist on sparkling wine. It brings a lively, acidic backbone that’s hard to find elsewhere. Charmat sparklers often use one of some members of... Read More

    From the article Brazilian Sparklers Make a Summer Splash


  • Weinkellerei Gustav Decker Riesling Fruchtig Pfalz 2017

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Due to a hand injury I've not able post properly so today's catch up ... faint of heart.An Italian riesling that is semi-sweet but had decent florals.  Not really my cup of tea, but then it wasn't for.More my cup of tea - crisp minerality, lemongrass, melon, generous acidity and a lingering aftertaste.  Well done.Not bad for an under $20 pinot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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