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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  • EMark, I need to find some of those Ojai wines, sounds like something I'd ... ... Bedrock Wirz Vineyard Riesling.  Fresh, vibrant, floral with that hint of petrol, creamy lemon pith, keylime, beautiful texture with just a bit of viscous semi-waxy feel, cleansing acidity and a fairly long finish.  I wish I knew how this would age but I have a ... Read More

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  • Trimbach Riesling 2010


    I bought this bottle of wine for £6 frpm the website www.cellartrade.co.uk Alsace is an appellation created in 1962,although there has been viticulture here since at least the medieval period,producing mainly white wines [although a few are red ] in the east of France by the German border. Indeed at some periods of history it was a part of Germa... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Had a wine tasting at the wine club Sat night:L - The 2013 Leeuwin Art Series ... Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling (Love this stuff)RM - The 2013 Ascheri BaroloR - The 2014 Novy Santa Lucia Highlands Susan's Hill Vineyard SyrahResults - This was one of those wine nights that will stay with you for a long time. These were no less than outst... Read More

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  • Dhroner Riesling Weingut Molitor 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • That Summerhill is an excellent example of Ehrenfelser - if memory serves, it ... there was not that much good Riesling around in BC (Gehringer Bros. being a somewhat rare exception at the time), but there was Ehrenfelser - a  left-over from an assessment of one Helmut Becker from the Geisenheim Institute back in 1976. Becker did a 4-5 day tou... Read More

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  • I am equally interested in these "new" regions.  Bottlings of ... York State.  It is not Riesling, that is certain - being a cross of Riesling with Sylvaner (I think... I have not checked my ever failing memory), it is a bit flabbier than the produce of its parentage, but it is tasty and likes a cool climate.  There used to be varietal example... Read More

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  • Lately I've been interested in learning more about CA regions other than Napa. So I've been tasting quite a bit from producers that don't find their way out east, where it's often easier to get wine from Europe than from the US, at least in NYC.First, I have to give a huge shout out to Bryan Harrington. He's gone around the state and found reall... Read More

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  • I cannot recall ever dropping a bottle, but I do have a couple of stories of ... ... involving a bottle of Riesling that was in my refrigerator.  I did not pay attention moving something around and the bottle fell out of the refrigerator onto the kitchen floor.  The bottle broke.  In those days I was reasonably spry and I jumped backwards.  I... Read More

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  • Wieninger Wiener Riesling Wiener Wein 2016


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Look, we need some injection of intelect here.  If I am to be that person, that is not sufficient.  I know many of your out there want something to chew on.  Well, let's do it!..  Read More

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  • After having dinner last night with all of my fellow snooth members and working through all of those "That" bottles. I have to say that the two Rieslings I had were my favorite wines of the night. I'll post some tasting notes soon. For now, I'll say, I am officially converted.

    Comment by 92549Eric Guido 92549 Eric Guido

  • Has anybody had a Riesling from Greece? I have not, but was told that they exist. If anybody has tried one, please step forward.

    Comment by 131604Uwe Kristen 131604 Uwe Kristen

  • ste chapelle riesling privatereserve

    Comment by 115834sabradawn 115834 sabradawn

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