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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. It can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and the best exmples can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Tasting Notes for Riesling

Riesling can be a sweet or dry white wine. In any case it usually has a high acidity and stone fruit, citrus, spice and floral notes. At its ripest, it leans towards juicy peach, nectarine and pineapple, while cooler climes produce Rieslings redolent of meyer lemon, lime and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of petrol.

Perfect Food Pairings for Riesling

Riesling is quite versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, freshly shucked oysters and most Asian food. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secrets for Riesling

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
      4.5 102 Ratings
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    • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2018 Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2018 Front Label
        Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2018
        Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
        • JS94
        • WE92
        • WW92
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2018  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2018
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Trimbach Riesling 2016 Front Label
          Trimbach Riesling 2016
          Riesling from Alsace, France
          • WE93
          • V91
          • JS90
          • WS90
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        • Clean Slate Riesling 2018 Front Label
          Clean Slate Riesling 2018
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
            Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese 2018
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
              4.1 18 Ratings
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            • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2018  Front Label
              Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2018
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
              • JS96
              • RP95
              • WS93
              4.5 6 Ratings
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            • Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
              Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett 2018
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
              • W&S91
              • WE90
              • WW89
              4.0 37 Ratings
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            • Eroica Riesling 2017 Front Label
              Eroica Riesling 2017
              Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
              • W&S93
              • JD92
              • WE91
              • JS90
              • RP90
              4.0 90 Ratings
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            • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
              Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett 2018
              Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
              • WS90
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            • Frisk Prickly Riesling 2019  Front Label
              Frisk Prickly Riesling 2019
              Riesling from Australia
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              • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2017  Front Label
                Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2017
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                • JS94
                • RP93
                • WE93
                4.0 10 Ratings
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              • Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett 2018  Front Label
                Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett 2018
                Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
                • W&S95
                • WE91
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              • Robert Weil Estate Riesling Trocken 2018  Front Label
                Robert Weil Estate Riesling Trocken 2018
                Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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                • Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2017  Front Label
                  Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2017
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                  • JS93
                  • WE93
                  • RP90
                  4.5 13 Ratings
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                • Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2018  Front Label
                  Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2018
                  Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
                  • JH96
                  3.4 10 Ratings
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                • Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2018  Front Label
                  Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese 2018
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                  • RELAX Riesling 2018  Front Label
                    RELAX Riesling 2018
                    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                    • August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett 2018 Front Label
                      August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett 2018
                      Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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                      • Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2016 Front Label
                        Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2016
                        Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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                        • S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2018 Front Label
                          S.A. Prum Essence Riesling 2018
                          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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                          • Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018  Front Label
                            Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018
                            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                            • JS96
                            • RP94
                            • WS94
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                          • Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018  Front Label
                            Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018
                            Riesling from Nahe, Germany
                            • WW90
                            4.0 33 Ratings
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                          • Trefethen Dry Riesling 2018 Front Label
                            Trefethen Dry Riesling 2018
                            Riesling from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
                            • WE94
                            • W&S90
                            4.5 21 Ratings
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