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A noble grape produced in a wide range of styles, Riesling can be bone dry, intensely sweet and everything in between. A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling wine 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 examples 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 white wine 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.

Riesling Tasting Notes

Aromatic fresh fruit, lively acidity, and light body and texture are hallmarks of the Riesling grape, together with flavors of ripe stone fruit and slate. Riesling 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 Riesling Food Pairings

Most Riesling is found in the range of dry to just slightly sweet, making it incredibly food friendly - it pairs well with sweet-fleshed fish like sole, freshly shucked oysters and most Asian food. The off-dry styles in particular are a natural accompaniment to the spicy, sour, and sweet flavors that define many Thai and Indian recipes. This is due to the blend of tropical fruits and acidity present in these wines, as well as their low alcohol content, which balances the heat found in the food. Dry German Riesling pairs perfectly with anything that contains fall fruit. Think pork chops with apples, pear and arugula salad, or butternut squash. 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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  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2021  Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2021
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2020  Front Label
      Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2020
      Riesling from Alsace, France
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    • August Kesseler Rheingau Riesling R Kabinett 2020  Front Label
      August Kesseler Rheingau Riesling R Kabinett 2020
      Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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    • Fritz Haag Mosel Estate Riesling Feinherb 2020  Front Label
      Fritz Haag Mosel Estate Riesling Feinherb 2020
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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    • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2020  Front Label
      Dr. Loosen Dr. L Dry Riesling 2020
      Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2021  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2021
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling 2021  Front Label
          Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling 2021
          Riesling from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
          • JS96
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        • Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
          Bollig-Lehnert Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2020
          Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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          • Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2020  Front Label
            Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2020
            Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • JS96
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          • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2021  Front Label
            Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2021
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2019  Front Label
              Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2019
              Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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            • Eroica Riesling 2020  Front Label
              Eroica Riesling 2020
              Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2020  Front Label
                Clean Slate Mosel Riesling 2020
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                • WW89
                • WE89
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              • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
                Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2020
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
                Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Spatlese 2020
                Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
                • JS96
                • RP94
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              • Willm Riesling Reserve 2020  Front Label
                Willm Riesling Reserve 2020
                Riesling from Alsace, France
                • WW89
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              • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2020  Front Label
                Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Rausch Riesling Spatlese 2020
                Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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              • Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Riesling 2019  Front Label
                Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Riesling 2019
                Riesling from Central Otago, New Zealand
                • JS95
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              • Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2020  Front Label
                Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2020
                Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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                • RP90
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              • Monchhof Mosel Riesling 2020  Front Label
                Monchhof Mosel Riesling 2020
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                • Heinz Eifel Shine Rheinhessen Riesling 2020  Front Label
                  Heinz Eifel Shine Rheinhessen Riesling 2020
                  Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
                  • WE89
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                • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2020  Front Label
                  Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2020
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                  • JS93
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                • Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2020  Front Label
                  Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2020
                  Riesling from Mosel, Germany
                  • JS94
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                • Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2021  Front Label
                  Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2021
                  Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
                  • JS98
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                • Grosset Springvale Riesling 2021  Front Label
                  Grosset Springvale Riesling 2021
                  Riesling from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
                  • JS97
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