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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  • Charles Sparr Alsace Riesling Tradition 2017


    Yes the Riesling from Alsace is distinct in that it is dry yet it holds a sweetness that is not controlling but complementary fresh, spirited and unique Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Hugel et Fils Riesling Grossi Laue 2010


    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 on the www.cellartrade.co.uk website. Alsace is an appellation producing mainly white wines in the east of France by the German border.Indeed,there have been periods in history when it was part of Germany and therefore the wines are not dissimilar to those on the other side of the Rhine. Appellation rules dic... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • My choices of wine tonight are Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and ... J. Wiemer HJW Vineyard Rieslin Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...

  • This past September, I visited a number of small, medium, and large German ... ... area (43.5%), followed by Riesling with almost a third (28%), and then Müller-Thurgau and Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) with roughly 10% each. Other grape varieties are represented in very small quantities. With these grapes they produce a wide range of wines, most... Read More

    From the article German Wine Cooperatives To Be Thankful For

  • I saw a Betz Family Cabernet (I think it was a 2016, which is a superb WA ... ... last longer - such as some Riesling, Bordeaux, Piemonte, etc. Read More

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  • Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2015


    The CS Kung Fu Girl would, in fact, go very well with Chinese Fare (San Francisco style), as advertised; with spiced apple and vinaigrette on the nose. Entry is still quite acidic, clean and somewhat petrol-like (this is a 2015 after all). Bubbly acid on entry with a musky apple flavour profile. A very fine wine for the price. 89-90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Von Schleinitz Riesling Mosel 2015


    A good balance between sweet and dry. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Nik Weis Selection "Urban" Mosel Riesling 2018


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Nik Weis Selection "Urban" Mosel Riesling 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Nik Weis St. Urbans Hof Riesling Trocken Mosel 2017


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Gökkuşağı Açılış Organizasyonu Açılış Organizasyonu, Kına ve Sünnette İstanbul organizasyon firması Sünnet, kokteyl ve açılış organizasyonudenildiğinde profesyonel organizasyon şirketi Gökkuşağı Organizasyon akıllara gelir. Bireysel veya kurumsal organizasyonun masa sandalye kiralamave host hizmetleri gibi tüm ihtiyaçlarını uzmanlıkla karşılaya...

    Comment by 2233922Snoother 2233922 2233922 Snoother 2233922

  • 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

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  • 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

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